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  • MOSCOW, Feb 6- The Russian rouble opened broadly stronger on Friday and shares rose, supported by higher oil prices and possible progress on the Ukraine crisis. Market players were waiting for the results of a meeting on resolving the Ukraine crisis between Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois...

  • Greek radicals play it safe with debt advisers Lazard Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 2:08 PM ET

    LONDON, Feb 5- Soon after politicians from the far-left Syriza party won power in Greece they said they had hired Lazard to advise them on restructuring their debt. Lazard cemented its position as the eminence grise of debt negotiations when it secured the biggest restructuring deal in history for Athens in 2012.. Geopolitical turmoil and economic shocks keep...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 5- Russian assets reversed their early session losses on Thursday, with markets players betting that German and French leaders' visits to Kiev and Moscow would take the edge off the Ukraine crisis. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande plan to fly together to Kiev and Moscow with a proposal to resolve the conflict.

  • Decision will push Athens central bank to support lenders. FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, Feb 4- The European Central Bank abruptly cancelled its acceptance of Greek bonds in return for funding on Wednesday, shifting the burden onto Athens' central bank to finance its lenders and isolating Greece unless it strikes a new reform deal. The decision came just hours after...

  • PARIS, Feb 4- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras voiced confidence on Wednesday on reaching a deal on its debt, receiving a guarded welcome from French President Francois Hollande who reminded him that Athens must pay back its debts. Hollande said Europe should show more "solidarity" after the election of the anti-bailout government in Athens, which he said "...

  • *PM Tsipras says Greece will respect EU rules. FRANKFURT/ BRUSSELS, Feb 4- Greece's new leftist government appealed to the European Central Bank on Wednesday to keep its banks afloat as it seeks to negotiate debt relief with its euro zone partners, but Germany rejected any roll-back of agreed austerity policies. Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis said after...

  • Hardliner takes helm of France's CGT union Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 8:35 AM ET

    PARIS, Feb 3- France's powerful CGT trade union elected hardliner Philippe Martinez as its new chief on Tuesday in a shift that could make it harder for President Francois Hollande to win its assent to economic reforms. Hollande wants to push through changes aimed at creating more flexibility in France's rigid labor market and deregulating certain sectors,...

  • *Greek finance minister takes case to Paris, London. LONDON/ NICOSIA, Feb 2- Greece's new government has proposed ending a standoff with its international creditors by swapping its outstanding debt for new growth-linked bonds, Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis was quoted as saying on Monday. Varoufakis, in London to reassure investors he is not seeking a Wild...

  • NICOSIA/ LONDON, Feb 2- Greece sought to reassure international investors on Monday that it was not in a Wild West-style standoff with European partners over a new debt agreement, although sparring partner Germany gave no ground after a tough first week. Varoufakis said he was confident he could reach a negotiated settlement soon, telling Britain's Channel 4...

  • 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...