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  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to April 7 Tuesday, 24 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    HELSINKI- European Central Bank policy board member and Bank of Finland Governor Erkki Liikanen will brief the press on monetary policy and global economy- 0900 GMT. LONDON- European Central Bank policymaker Peter Praet takes part in panel discussion on "Global Economic Recovery- a Tale of Many Parts" at the International Financial Services Forum- 1025 GMT.

  • *Bailout fund to consider returning 1.2 bln euros to Greece. ATHENS/ BERLIN, March 24- Greece risks running out of cash by April 20 unless it secures fresh aid, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday, leaving little time to convince sceptical creditors it is committed to economic reform. After talks with EU leaders including German Chancellor...

  • *Lufthansa, Airbus down after plane crash. LONDON, March 24- European shares edged up on Tuesday to hover just below a recent 7-1/ 2- year high, with forecast-beating business surveys from Germany and France offsetting disappointing Chinese factory data. However, Lufthansa and Airbus were down 1.9 percent and 0.9 percent respectively after an Airbus operated by...

  • BERLIN/ ATHENS, March 23- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, pressing for cash to keep his country afloat, began talks with Germany's Angela Merkel on Monday after Berlin ruled out any breakthrough in differences with the euro zone over Athens's international bailout. Tsipras' pledge to submit a full reform package within days to unlock money that Greece...

  • BERLIN/ ATHENS, March 23- Germany's Angela Merkel does not expect talks on Monday with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to resolve his differences with the euro zone over Greece's bailout but she does want to hear from him in person about his reform plans, an aide said. Tsipras' talk of coming up with a new reform package within days to unlock the cash that Greece...

  • *Greek PM Tsipras to meet Merkel in Berlin. ROME, March 22- Markets still digesting an unexpectedly cautious message from the Federal Reserve will get more food for thought this week with U.S. inflation data and potentially rising risks of a Greek exit from the euro zone. Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda dismissed talk of competitive devaluations to spur...

  • ATHENS, March 19- Greek banks saw deposit outflows of about 300 million euros on Wednesday, the highest in a single day since a February deal with the euro zone that staved off a banking collapse, two senior Greek bankers familiar with the matter said on Thursday. The fears receded after a Feb. 20 deal extending Greece's bailout but have risen again in recent days as...

  • Helped in many cases by European Union rescue funds, Spain's banks have reduced huge debts brought on by a property market crash and prolonged recession, and are now looking to grow. With euro zone interest rates set to remain at record lows for the foreseeable future, some mid-sized Spanish banks are starting to copy the expansion strategy of bigger rivals...

  • "If Greece explodes, Spain and Italy will be next and then at some point, Germany. He also said Greece did not need a third bailout but rather "a haircut like the one Germany also got in 1953 at the London debt conference." Athens and Berlin have become engaged in a war of words and Greece has submitted a formal protest to the German Foreign Ministry, accusing Finance...

  • DIARY-Top Economic Events to March 27 Friday, 13 Mar 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    CERNOBBIO, Italy- European Central Bank board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger takes part in event on "The Outlook for Economy and Finance"- 0745 GMT. Speakers:- European Central Bank board members Sabine Lautenschlager and Peter Praet, Germany's Bundesbank board member Andreas Dombret and Germany's Bundesbank Deputy President Claudia Buch.

  • *Greece will meet obligations even if aid delayed- Tsipras. PARIS/ ATHENS, March 12- Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras tried to reassure euro zone partners on Thursday that Greece would stick to an extended bailout agreement with its international creditors even as a war of words rumbled on between Athens and Berlin. His soothing words contrasted to the tone of...

  • By Shinichi Saoshiro and Ian Chua. TOKYO/ SYDNEY, March 12- The euro slumped to a new 12- year low on Thursday, reeling from an unrelenting onslaught after the European Central Bank started its quantitative easing campaign, highlighting the monetary policy divergence between the euro zone and the U.S. The euro fell as far as $1.0505, the lowest since March 2003.

  • LONDON, March 10- Yields on the debt of nearly all euro zone countries dropped to record lows on Tuesday, a day after the European Central Bank began buying bonds in an effort to revive inflation and economic growth. Central banks put in around 15 million to 20 million euros of orders-- less than half the orders seen during the ECB's first bond-buying programme, at the...

  • LONDON, March 9- Euro zone bond yields fell on Monday as the European Central Bank and the bloc's national central banks began buying bonds under a 1 trillion euro money-printing programme. It has pledged to spend 60 billion euros a month buying mostly government bonds until September 2016 or until euro zone inflation is pushed back towards its target of just...

  • Europe shares fall as ECB starts buying bonds Monday, 9 Mar 2015 | 5:34 AM ET

    *EDF dips again on worries over potential tie-up with Areva. PARIS, March 9- European shares fell on Monday, tracking a sell-off on Wall Street after strong U.S. jobs data fanned expectations that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates sooner than previously thought. Greek banking shares were among the biggest losers, with Bank of Piraeus down 4.9 percent...

  • SINGAPORE, March 9- Gold was trading a touch higher but remained near a three-month low on Monday, as the dollar climbed to an 11- year high after a strong U.S. jobs report boosted expectations the Federal Reserve would soon raise rates. *Spot gold drifted higher to $1,170.95 an ounce by 0038 GMT, but largely retained Friday's near 3 percent losses.

  • ROME, March 8- Greece could call a referendum or have early elections should its euro zone partners reject its debt and growth plans, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said in a newspaper interview on Sunday. The new Greek government, led by Alexis Tsipras, won an election in January promising to renegotiate a bailout agreed with the International...

  • *Greece funding uncertainty in focus. *Russia central bank seen holding rates at meeting. MADRID, March 8- China's cooling growth prospects and an interest rate decision in Russia will shift the economic agenda away from the euro zone next week, although Greece remains firmly in the spotlight because of its precarious funding outlook.

  • NICOSIA/ FRANKFURT, March 5- The European Central Bank will launch into quantitative easing next week having increased its economic growth forecasts for this year and next. President Mario Draghi said the first bond purchases with new money would take place on March 9. The euro zone's central bank has said it will buy 60 billion euros a month until Sept. 2016 or...

  • German yields rise before euro zone PMI, U.S. jobs data Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 3:27 AM ET

    LONDON, March 4- German bond yields rose on Wednesday before final data on euro zone manufacturing activity but the market's pull-back is seen tempered by the prospect of imminent European Central Bank quantitative easing. Data released earlier showed activity in China's services sector grew modestly last month and orders rose at their quickest pace in...