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  • LONDON, March 10- Portuguese bond yields fell sharply on Monday to near four-year lows on increasing optimism the country could follow Ireland out of its international bailout programme later this year. Ireland formally left its programme in December, becoming the first euro zone country to do so.

  • *Portugal to more than halve deficit by end-2015, then more. LISBON, March 9- Portugal's international bailout is expected to end in mid-May. To avoid a repeat of the 78 billion euro financial rescue agreed in May 2011 with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, Lisbon cannot let up on shrinking its budget gap and trimming a huge sovereign debt.

  • DUBLIN, March 7- Ireland's largest listed companies are confident over half a decade of weak earnings, gloomy outlooks and shrinking dividends are behind them and that the economic upturn under way is sustainable and sensible.

  • *Italy, France need policy action to fix economies. BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Commission put Italy on Wednesday on its watch list because of the country's very high public debt and weak competitiveness and warned France that will miss agreed budget deficit reduction targets unless it takes action.

  • ROME, March 5- Italy's new Prime Minister Matteo Renzi pledged on Wednesday to introduce a series of "very important reforms" next week to help create jobs, make housing more affordable and remodel crumbling school buildings.

  • *Italy, France need policy action to fix economies. BRUSSELS, March 5- The European Commission put Italy on Wednesday on its watch list because of the country's very high public debt and weak competitiveness and warned France that will miss agreed budget deficit reduction targets unless it takes action.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 14 Friday, 28 Feb 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew speaks at the of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee Policy Conference 2014- 2200 GMT. BRUSSELS- ECB President Mario Draghi will give introductory remarks at the Quarterly Hearing before the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs of the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium- 1400 GMT.

  • *Euro zone CPI picks up in Feb, stays far below target. LONDON, Feb 28- Spanish bond yields reached new historical lows on Friday as persistent expectations the European Central Bank will loosen monetary policy further supported lower-rated debt even though inflation ticked up.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 13 Thursday, 27 Feb 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Narayana Kocherlakota and Federal Reserve Board Governor Jeremy Stein participates in panel to discuss report on interactions between monetary policy and financial stability before the University of Chicago Booth School of Business 2014 Monetary Policy Forum- 1515 GMT.

  • Deeply scarred economy awaits Italy's fresh-faced Renzi Wednesday, 26 Feb 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    *Italy's industrial production down a quarter from pre-crisis peak. The study of the competitiveness of Italy's economy by national statistics office ISTAT showed an economy deeply damaged by two recessions since the financial crisis of 2008..

  • Foreign investors in Turkey face squeeze Tuesday, 25 Feb 2014 | 8:29 AM ET

    LONDON/ VIENNA, Feb 25- Foreign investors in Turkey are beginning to feel the effects of a sagging currency, rising inflation and a growing political power struggle, adding to fears the country may not be the source of future growth that some companies had hoped. Like other developing economies, Turkey has been battered in recent months by U.S.

  • US’s Lew flies to Portugal as periphery parties Thursday, 9 Jan 2014 | 12:11 PM ET
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew (R) and Portuguese Finance Minister Maria Luis Albuquerque arrive for a press conferece at the Finance ministery in central Lisbon on January 8, 2014.

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew finished his Europe tour in Portugal on Thursday, which looked set to launch a five-year bond.

  • Portugal PM Says Deal in the Works, Wards Off Crisis Thursday, 4 Jul 2013 | 3:47 PM ET

    Portugal's prime minister has found a way to maintain government stability with the junior partner in the ruling coalition, but the full details still need to be hashed out.

  • European leaders agreed on new steps to fight youth unemployment and promote lending to credit-starved small business on Thursday after deals on banking resolution and the long-term EU budget.

  • Jobless Spanish Nurses Jump at Dutch Opportunities Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 1:48 AM ET

    Nurse recruiting firm Roca-BHR drew more than 800 applicants in Spain last year when it offered guaranteed jobs in the Netherlands caring for the elderly to those who were willing to take an intensive course in Dutch.

  • EU Tries (Again) to Shield Taxpayers From Bank Failure Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 | 2:04 AM ET

    The European Union will make a fresh attempt on Wednesday to share out the costs of future bank failures, starting a regime to spare taxpayers further bailouts.

  • Thousands March in Rome Against Unemployment Saturday, 22 Jun 2013 | 8:56 AM ET

    housands of workers and unemployed people marched in Rome on Saturday to protest against record unemployment and call on Enrico Letta's two-month-old government to deliver more than empty rhetoric on the issue.

  • France Must Take Deficit Cuts Seriously: Bundesbank Sunday, 19 May 2013 | 12:23 AM ET
    Jens Weidmann

    France has a special responsibility as a euro zone heavyweight to take deficit cuts seriously, even though its budget deficit is above target, Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann said in an interview published Sunday.

  • Bankers Whisper: Spain's Bailout Bill Could Rise Monday, 6 May 2013 | 8:35 AM ET

    Spain's bailout bill could rise, some bankers and analysts fear, as the worsening economy threatens the "bad bank" and the government's attempt to sell off nationalized lenders.

  • The Euro Crisis Is Actually Saving Germany Money Thursday, 2 May 2013 | 4:19 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel,  walks past flags of the European Union and Germany.

    Throughout Europe's debt crisis, northern European leaders have often said they will not stand for taxpayers having to fork out for other countries' problems, and the notion of "taxpayer-funded bailouts" has taken root.