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  • NICOSIA/ LONDON, Feb 2- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ruled out seeking aid from Russia and said on Monday he would pursue negotiations for a new debt agreement with European partners, but saw little sign of compromise from Germany. Tsipras and his finance minister Yanis Varoufakis are touring European capitals this week in a diplomatic offensive to...

  • *Tsipras says Greece and Cyprus vital for stable Europe. NICOSIA, Feb 2- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras ruled out seeking aid from Russia and said on Monday he would pursue negotiations for a new debt agreement with European partners but met little sign of compromise from Germany. "Right now, there are no other thoughts on the table," he said, when asked whether...

  • In fewer than seven days, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras's administration in Athens has halted several planned privatisations, started debt relief talks, took European partners to task over Russian sanctions and held a tough line with the first euro zone official to visit the country after last Sunday's elections. Athens finally ended the week on a...

  • In fewer than seven days, the new administration in Athens has halted several planned privatisations, started talks with European partners over debt forgiveness and held a tough line with the first euro zone official to visit the country after last Sunday's elections. Athens has also taken European partners to task over sanctions against Russia.

  • *Meetings in Paris, London, Rome planned. ATHENS, Jan 31- New Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, striking a conciliatory note on debt talks after a turbulent start to office, has called the European Central Bank chief to assure him that Athens was seeking an agreement. But facing growing disquiet from partners led by Germany, Tsipras rang European Central Bank...

  • PARIS/ ATHENS, Jan 31- Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will meet with his French counterpart Michel Sapin in Paris on Sunday, the French finance ministry said on Saturday. Late on Friday, a source close to the French president's office told Reuters that President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "agreed that it is important to...

  • PARIS, Jan 29- France and Germany must work more closely together to boost growth in Europe, French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday, warning of the twin risk of Germany's budget "fetishism" and French inertia. He said it should include joint European debt, an idea long supported by France but rejected by Germany. "The risk in France is inertia,...

  • *Sale of assets including stake in Greece's main utility halted. *Greek bank stocks fall 26 pct, Athens index tumbles 9 pct. *Greek minister says Athens against sanctions on Russia.

  • *Sale of assets including stake in Greece's main utility halted. *Greek minister says Athens against sanctions on Russia. It said it would halt the sale of stakes in the Public Power Corporation of Greece, Greece's biggest utility, and refiner Hellenic Petroleum and put other planned asset sales of motorways, airports and the power grid on ice.

  • *Sale of stake in Greece's biggest utility halted. A swift series of announcements signaled the newly installed government would stand by its anti-austerity pledges, setting it on course for a clash with European partners, led by Germany, which has said it will not renegotiate the aid package needed to help Greece pay its debts. After announcing a halt to the...

  • LONDON, Jan 26- European politicians at opposite ends of the spectrum celebrated the election victory of Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party on Monday, but Alexis Tsipras' post-communist triumph is forcing mainstream leftists to reconsider their position. "This is a slap at what I see as very right-wing economic policy in Europe," Finnish Foreign Minister...

  • LONDON, Jan 26- European politicians at opposite ends of the spectrum celebrated the election victory of Greece's anti-austerity Syriza party on Monday, but Alexis Tsipras' post-communist triumph is forcing mainstream leftists to reconsider their position. "This is a slap at what I see as very right-wing economic policy in Europe," Finnish Foreign Minister...

  • *Historic victory sets new challenge for Europe. ATHENS, Jan 26- Greek leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras struck a deal with a right-wing party to form a government to confront international lenders and reverse years of painful austerity following a crushing election victory by his Syriza party. There is an agreement in principle, " Panos Kammenos said after talks...

  • ATHENS, Jan 26- Greek leftwing leader Alexis Tsipras will move on Monday to build a stable government that can take on international lenders and reverse years of painful austerity following a crushing election victory by his Syriza party. Syriza won 149 seats in the 300- seat parliament in Sunday's election, two short of an absolute majority, but the result...

  • Hollande to CEOs: Fight terror, climate change Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:18 AM ET
    French President Francois Hollande looks on during a conference in Milan, Oct. 8, 2014.

    French President Fran├žois Hollande called on the business community to fight terrorism and climate change at Davos.

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 23- ECB chief Mario Draghi's 1 trillion euros of fresh money could prove the masterstroke that saves the euro zone for now, but it breaks the principle that the bloc acts as one, a move that could ultimately undermine the currency he is trying to save. In monthly 60 billion-euro installments from March, the European Central Bank will buy chiefly...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 22- The European Central Bank is poised to announce a plan on Thursday to buy government bonds, resorting to its last big policy option for breathing life into the flagging euro zone economy. Market expectations are sky-high for the ECB to unveil large-scale quantitative easing- printing money to buy government bonds- despite opposition from...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 22- The European Central Bank is poised to announce a plan on Thursday to buy government bonds, resorting to its last big policy tool for breathing life into the flagging euro zone economy and fending off deflation. Market expectations are sky-high for the ECB to unveil a large-scale programme of quantitative easing- printing money to purchase...

  • FRANKFURT, Jan 22- The European Central Bank is poised to announce a plan on Thursday to buy government bonds, resorting to its last big policy tool for breathing life into the flagging euro zone economy and fending off deflation. The broader, 25- member policymaking Governing Council will discuss the proposal on Thursday before ECB President Mario Draghi...

  • COLUMN-ECB QE set up for disappointment: James Saft Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 3:00 PM ET

    This tactic in part is intended to blunt criticism of QE from Germany and elsewhere and to dampen any suggestion that bond buying amounts to direct government monetary financing by the ECB. Indeed while the markets look at the threat of deflation and a recession in the euro zone and take QE as a given, opposition in Germany from the Bundesbank and government is...