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  • PARIS, Dec 13- Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann said the European Commission's decision to give France longer to prove it is serious about economic reform and fixing its excessive public deficit risks damaging the credibility of the bloc's budget rules. "France announced that it will not reach the agreed deficit goal in 2015 and has clearly put back the...

  • Fitch cuts France to 'AA' Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 4:39 PM ET

    Dec 12- Fitch ratings has cut its ratings on France to' AA', after having put the country on' Ratings Watch Negative' in October, saying the country's revised deficit-reduction target was not enough to hold the previous rating of' AA+'. The rating agency had said in October "it would likely downgrade the ratings by one notch in the absence of a material improvement in the...

  • Finance minister George Osborne has said he intends to balance Britain's budget over the coming years through spending cuts alone, a pledge which will be central to the campaign of Prime Minister David Cameron ahead of national elections in May. But S&P, the only major ratings agency not to have cut Britain's AAA rating, said the tax base might eventually need to...

  • Finance minister George Osborne has said that he intends to balance Britain's budget over the coming years without raising taxes. S&P-- the only major ratings agency not to have cut Britain's AAA rating-- said the tax base might need to widen. S&P also said Britain's economy would suffer if it left the European Union, something on which Prime Minister David...

  • *Iraq faces budget deficit of $30 billion- minister. BAGHDAD, Dec 12- Iraq is seeking to postpone a final $4.6 billion instalment of reparations for its 1990-91 occupation of Kuwait, Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told Reuters, as it faces a cash crisis caused by falling oil prices and war with Islamic State. Since Iraq was first allowed to resume oil sales nearly...

  • November budget deficit drops to $56.8 billion Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:02 PM ET

    The Treasury Department said Wednesday the deficit for November totaled $56.8 billion, a drop of 58 percent from last year's November deficit of $135.2 billion. For the first two months of the budget year that began Oct. 1, the deficit totals $178.5 billion, an improvement of 21 percent from the same period last year. Congress came back after the November...

  • Stronger economy helps trim U.S. budget deficit Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 2:00 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 10- The U.S. federal budget deficit narrowed in November, helped by a strengthening economy that boosted tax receipts during the month, Treasury Department data showed on Wednesday. Washington spent $56.8 billion more than it took in last month, which was less than half the deficit in November of 2013. It was also narrower than analysts'...

  • Ahead of the Bell: US budget deficit Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 6:24 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The Treasury Department releases federal budget data for November. LOWER DEFICIT: The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting that the November deficit will be $59 billion, compared with a November deficit last year of $135.2 billion. A total of about $41 billion in payments that would normally have gone out in November were sent out in October...

  • Kansas governor unveils plan to close budget gap Tuesday, 9 Dec 2014 | 12:16 PM ET

    TOPEKA, Kan.— With Kansas facing a projected $279 million budget shortfall after enacting aggressive tax cuts, Republican Gov. The plan drew immediate, bipartisan criticism from state Senate leaders because it would divert $41 million from the pension system for teachers and government workers. "Governor Brownback is threatening to undo all of the...

  • Greek Parliament passes 2015 budget Sunday, 7 Dec 2014 | 7:03 PM ET

    ATHENS, Greece— Greece's Parliament has passed the 2015 budget, which projects a narrowing deficit and an economic growth rate of 2.9 percent. The budget projects that Greece's primary surplus, which excludes interest payments on outstanding debt, will be 3.3 billion euros or 3 percent of GDP, but Greece's creditors anticipate a lower surplus.

  • UK: A decade of austerity?  Thursday, 4 Dec 2014 | 4:20 AM ET

    Discussing the U.K. Autumn Statement, Alan Clarke, director of fixed income strategy, global banking and markets at Scotiabank, says George Osborne and the U.K. government have set themselves an "ambitious" target to make those spending cuts.

  • Osborne said he was sticking to his promise to put Britain's budget back in the black before the end of the decade, hoping that his approach to fixing the public finances will return Prime Minister David Cameron to power on May 7. Osborne said Britain's deficit would be bigger than previously expected in the current financial year and in 2015/ 16 before improving...

  • Five months before a national election, Osborne said Britain's deficit would fall to 5.0 percent of gross domestic product in the 2014/ 15 financial year. That compared with a forecast of 4.9 percent made in March by Britain's independent budget office. The slightly slower pace of improvement largely reflects how Britain's strong economic recovery has not...

  • TOKYO, Dec 1- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe needs to take more steps to meet the government's deficit-reduction targets, Tom Byrne, regional credit officer of Moody's Investors Service said on Monday. "A delay means there is more uncertainty about measures to reduce the deficit. His remarks came after Moody's downgraded Japan's sovereign debt rating by...

  • MOODY'S: JAPAN PM ABE NEEDS TO TAKE MORE STEPS TO MEET DEFICIT REDUCTION TARGETS.

  • MOODY'S: DELAY IN JAPAN SALES TAX HIKE HAS INCREASED UNCERTAINTY ON DEFICIT REDUCTION TARGETS.

  • 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...

  • ACCRA, Nov 21- The International Monetary Fund said on Friday it made significant progress in a third round of talks with Ghana on a financial aid programme aimed at helping the West African country out of a fiscal crisis. Escalating inflation, a currency that has fallen sharply this year and a high budget deficit have severely undermined Ghana's reputation as a...

  • NEW DELHI, Nov 21- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a long list of pro-growth measures to implement over the next four months, but time may have already run out to breathe enough life into the economy to meet the tough 2014/ 15 fiscal deficit target without cuts. After the session ends on Dec. 23, focus will turn to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's second budget,...

  • NEW DELHI, Nov 21- India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has a long list of pro-growth measures to implement over the next four months, but time may have already run out to breathe enough life into the economy to meet the tough 2014/ 15 fiscal deficit target. After the session ends on Dec. 23, focus will turn to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's second budget, due in...