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  • *Greece faces 1.5 bln euro debt payment to IMF in March. *Pressure on Athens to quickly complete bailout review for aid. BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, Feb 27- Greece is running out of options to fund itself despite a four-month bailout extension, raising pressure on Athens to quickly implement reforms it has vocally opposed or default on debt repayments in a matter of weeks.

  • *Greece faces 1.5 bln euro debt payment to IMF in March. *Pressure on Athens to quickly complete bailout review for aid. BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, Feb 27- Greece is running out of options to fund itself despite a four-month bailout extension, raising pressure on Athens to quickly implement reforms it has vocally opposed or default on debt repayments in a matter of weeks.

  • *Debate reflects breakdown in German trust in Greece. With Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble promising not to let Greece "blackmail" its euro zone partners, 542 members of the Bundestag voted "yes" to the extension, while 32 opposed it and 13 abstained. The broader German population also grown more sceptical since Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took power last...

  • BERLIN, Feb 27- Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has voiced doubts about whether Athens can be trusted, promised he would not let Greece "blackmail" its euro zone partners. "We Germans should do everything to keep Europe together as far as we can and bring it together again and...

  • ATHENS, Feb 27- Greece's economy contracted more than originally estimated in the last quarter of 2014 compared with the previous three-month period, a revised estimate by the ELSTAT statistics service showed on Friday. Athens and its EU/IMF lenders have projected growth of 0.6 percent for 2014 as a whole. Greece's economic boom of the early 2000 s ended with...

  • German parliament approves Greek bailout extension Friday, 27 Feb 2015 | 5:32 AM ET

    BERLIN, Feb 27- Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday after Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, who has voiced doubts about whether Athens can be trusted, promised it would not be allowed to "blackmail" its euro zone partners. With 542 lawmakers voting in favour, including almost all of. Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left...

  • BERLIN, Feb 27- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged parliament on Friday to take what he acknowledged was a difficult decision and approve an extension of Greece's bailout, assuring them Athens would not be allowed to "blackmail" its euro zone partners. The 72- year-old minister, who has repeatedly voiced his own doubts about whether the new...

  • BERLIN, Feb 27- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble urged parliament on Friday to take what he acknowledged was a difficult decision and approve an extension of Greece's bailout, assuring them Athens would not be allowed to "blackmail" its euro zone partners.

  • *Greece still faces risk of exit from euro zone. LONDON, Feb 26- The global slump in demand for dry freight commodities is adding more pain to Greece's already crisis-hit banks by heaping pressure on many of their shipowner clients, particularly the smaller companies. Greece has secured an extension to its bailout from its European partners, but the danger of it...

  • VIENNA, Feb 26- France sees itself as a link between Greece and its euro zone peers, Finance Minister Michel Sapin told an Austrian paper, reiterating his call for economic policies that can foster growth and boost ultra-low inflation in Europe. We cannot act as if nothing changed in Greece with the last elections, "he was quoted as saying by Der Standard in an...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 10 Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on monetary policy and the economic outlook before the 2015 Banking Outlook Conference- 1800 GMT. LONDON- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher gives a lecture on "Reflections on 10 Years at the Fed: Through the Financial Crisis" at event hosted by the...

  • LONDON, Feb 25- Ireland has no problem in principle with the idea of swapping Greece's official debt for growth-linked bonds but would have to see the details of any proposal, Finance Minister Michael Noonan said on Wednesday. Euro zone finance ministers agreed on Tuesday to a four-month extension of Greece's EU/IMF bailout programme, subject to its economic...

  • *Germany's Schaeuble requests parliament vote to extend bailout. BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, Feb 24- Greece secured a four-month extension of its financial rescue on Tuesday when its euro zone partners approved a reform plan that backed down on key leftist measures and promised that spending to alleviate social distress would not derail its budget.

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Copper rose on Tuesday as investors were encouraged over Greece's bailout plan and as oil prices staged a rebound. Euro zone finance ministers approved Greece's reform plan, paving the way for a four-month extension of its financial rescue after Athens backed down on key leftist reforms. Also supporting the market was a rebound on oil markets,...

  • Greek shares rally on bailout extension moves Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 8:54 AM ET

    *Europe enjoys best earnings season in nearly four years. PARIS, Feb 24- Greek shares surged on Tuesday, outpacing modest gains in pan-European indexes after Athens delivered a list of economic reforms to the euro zone that it hopes will secure a four-month extension of its financial lifeline. Shares in National Bank of Greece were up 16 percent, Alpha Bank up 15...

  • BERLIN/ BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Greece was on course to win a four-month extension of its euro zone financial rescue on Tuesday after backing down further to its partners on key leftist reforms and promising that measures to alleviate social distress will not derail its budget. Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem convened a telephone conference of finance...

  • LONDON, Feb 24- Portugal's government debt market is likely to benefit more than any other in the euro zone from the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme that starts next month. While Portugal's total debt is one of the highest in the bloc, having been bailed out by the International Monetary Fund and the European Union during the debt crisis, its stock...

  • Greek shares rally on bailout extension expectations Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 AM ET

    *Europe enjoys best earnings season in nearly 4 years. PARIS, Feb 24- Greek shares surged on Tuesday, outpacing modest gains in pan-European indexes after Athens delivered a list of economic reforms to the euro zone that it hopes will secure a four-month extension of its financial lifeline. Volatile Greek banking stocks were the top gainers across Europe, with...

  • Eurogroup conference call on Greece to start 1300 GMT Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 5:56 AM ET

    Feb 24- Euro zone finance ministers will hold a teleconference call on Greece's reform plans and a four-month extension of its bailout from 1300 GMT on Monday, Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 24- Greece sent a list of economic reform plans to European institutions and the International Monetary Fund around midnight that was "a valid starting point" for talks over its bailout, a source close to the European Commission said on Tuesday. Greece needed to present its plans as a condition for extending its bailout program for an additional...