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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Dec 25 Thursday, 11 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    FRANKFURT- Deutsche Bundesbank Vice President Claudia Buch to speak on "May change happen"- 1200 GMT. OSLO- Norges Bank Governor Oystein Olsen and Norges Bank Investment Management Director Yngve Slyngstad hold lectures for the regional network. STOCKHOLM- Sweden's central bank holds monetary policy meeting.

  • ATHENS, Dec 9- Prime Minister Antonis Samaras named his candidate on Tuesday for the Greek presidency under a gamble that, if it fails, would force snap parliamentary elections when anti-bailout leftists would probably come out on top. Financial markets took the uncertainty badly, with Greek stocks and bonds tumbling on the plan to start voting for the...

  • The decision came after euro zone finance ministers said they were in favour of granting Greece its request for only a two-month extension to its bailout programme, a boost for Prime Minister Antonis Samaras who has been pushing for an early exit from the programme which is deeply unpopular in Greece. The decision effectively throws down the gauntlet to...

  • BRUSSELS, Dec 8- Euro zone finance ministers are in favour of granting Greece a two-month extension of its bailout program, which Athens will ask for on Tuesday, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Monday. Greece's parliament approved next year's budget in the early hours of Monday, the plan being closest to a balanced budget Greece has produced in more...

  • BERLIN, Dec 7- Italy and France expressed irritation on Sunday with a call from Chancellor Angela Merkel for them to do more to bring their budgets into line with EU rules, telling the German leader to focus on her own economic woes instead of lecturing others. In an interview with German daily Die Welt, Merkel had called on Italy and France to enact additional...

  • *China releases host of data, to show speed of slowdown. BRUSSELS, Dec 7- The guessing game over the timing of euro zone money printing will intensify as the European Central Bank unveils a closely watched gauge of policy in the coming week, the highlight of a calendar dominated by Europe's malaise. "The key story is going to be in the euro zone," said James Knightley,...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to Dec 19 Friday, 5 Dec 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    ATLANTA, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta President Dennis Lockhart speaks on economic outlook and monetary policy before the Council for Quality Growth- 1730 GMT. LONDON- Bank of England holds quarterly financial policy committee meeting. BRUSSELS- Meeting of euro zone finance ministers to discuss 2015 draft budgets.

  • Euro zone mulls longer Greek bailout, Athens refuses Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 6:28 PM ET
    Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras

    Euro zone ministers are considering extending Greece's bailout by six months to mid-2015, but Athens said it was only willing to consider an extension of a few weeks to the unpopular program.

  • ATHENS, Dec 4- Euro zone ministers are considering extending Greece's bailout by six months to mid-2015, according to a document obtained by Reuters, but Athens said it was only willing to consider an extension of a few weeks to the unpopular program. "Greece has not received any written proposal on an extension," a government official told Reuters.

  • An extension of the bailout, under which Athens will have received a total of 240 billion euros since 2010, is necessary because international lenders and the Greek government are still negotiating what Athens must do to get the remaining 1.8 billion euros and secure a back-up credit line for after the bailout ends and Greece returns to market financing.

  • European shares gain on ECB stimulus bets; Greece leads Wednesday, 3 Dec 2014 | 9:57 AM ET

    *Greece, Spain, Italy lead rally ahead of ECB meeting. *Telenor, TeliaSonera rally after deal to merge units. LONDON, Dec 3- European stocks rose on Wednesday, led by shares in Greece, Italy and Spain, as investors bet the European Central Bank would signal further economic stimulus at a policy meeting on Thursday.

  • BRUSSELS/ ATHENS, Dec 3- Greece will have to ask for an extension on its bailout program before parliaments in euro zone nations close for Christmas because a new credit line will not be ready in time, a senior euro zone official said on Wednesday. After two bailouts totalling 240 billion euros since 2010, Greece wants to switch back to market financing from the...

  • ATHENS, Dec 2- Greece has rejected its international lenders' demands for tax rises and income cuts next year, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said on Tuesday, arguing such measures would be disastrous for the country which has emerged from a deep economic recession. "Greece has done a lot already," Samaras said during an economic conference. The finance ministry...

  • ATHENS, Dec 2- Greek opposition leader Alexis Tsipras promised on Tuesday that if elected, he would swiftly scrap the country's EU/IMF bailout without waiting for the outcome of talks with lenders. Greece could face early elections next year, depending on the outcome of a separate vote to elect a president. Tsipras reiterated his call for the European Union to...

  • NICOSIA, Dec 1- Bailed-out Cyprus is expected to return to growth in 2015, while capital controls imposed during a chaotic bailout in 2013 could be completely dismantled soon, its central bank governor said on Monday. Cyprus slipped into recession in 2011. Data in November showed the economy shrinking by an annual 2.2 percent in the third quarter, from 2 percent...

  • LONDON, Nov 27- Copper prices slipped on Thursday, weighed down by a strong dollar, although further falls were capped by support from monetary easing in top consumer China and an upturn in economic sentiment in Europe while a strong dollar capped gains. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange, untraded at the close, was bid at $6,555 a tonne, down 0.2...

  • *Despite stimulus, China economy still to slow-analyst. LONDON, Nov 27- Copper and other base metals were steady on Thursday, supported by monetary easing in top consumer China and an uptick in economic sentiment in Europe. Three-month copper on the London Metal Exchange was unchanged at $6,570 a tonne by 1132 GMT.

  • OECD sees gradual world recovery, urges ECB to do more Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 AM ET

    PARIS, Nov 25- The global economy will gradually improve over the next two years but Japan will grow less than previously expected while the euro zone struggles with stagnation and an increased deflation risk, the OECD said on Tuesday. The United States and Britain will grow more strongly then the euro zone and Japan and, among emerging countries, India, Indonesia...

  • *Athens wants to conclude review so it can exit bailout. ATHENS, Nov 24- Greece's government will resume stalled talks with EU/IMF lenders in Paris on Tuesday, as Athens pushes to conclude a crucial review by inspectors so it can make an early exit to an unpopular bailout programme. But talks floundered over a projected budget gap for next year and EU/IMF...

  • ATHENS, Nov 21- Greece's government on Friday pushed ahead with plans for a near-balanced budget next year, ignoring objections from its international lenders who say Athens is set to miss its deficit forecast. The government and the European Union and International Monetary Fund have been at loggerheads over the projected 2015 deficit, with the lenders...