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  • Hollande, Merkel arrive in Alps for crash victims homage Wednesday, 25 Mar 2015 | 9:28 AM ET

    SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived together by helicopter on Wednesday in the remote Alpine region where an Airbus plane smashed into a mountain, ahead of an international homage to the 150 victims. Spain's Mariano Rajoy joined them in the village of Seyne-les-Alpes, where...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain to visit crash area. SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- Lufthansa said on Wednesday it could not explain why its Germanwings Airbus had crashed into an Alpine ravine killing all 150 on board as investigators tried to discover what had caused the worst air disaster in France in 15 years. "It is inexplicable this could happen to a...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain to visit crash area. SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- French investigators on Wednesday searched for the reason why a German Airbus ploughed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 on board including 16 teenagers returning from a school trip to Spain. Helicopters flew over the site where the A320 operated by Lufthansa's...

  • *Leaders of France, Germany, Spain to visit crash area. SEYNE-LES-ALPES, France, March 25- French investigators will sift through wreckage on Wednesday for clues into why a German Airbus ploughed into an Alpine mountainside, killing all 150 people on board including 16 schoolchildren returning from an exchange trip to Spain. The A320 jet operated by Lufthansa's...

  • *Greece running out cash and creditors frustrated by delays. However, she signalled some flexibility on what reforms Athens would have to make, and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker offered leftist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras a sweetener by saying 2 billion euros from the European Union budget were available to ease the...

  • French far right set to win in weekend vote Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 2:04 AM ET

    France’s Front National is poised to triumph in local elections this Sunday, in what will be a key test for the country’s struggling government.

  • *Greece running out cash and creditors frustrated by delays. The risk of a continued standoff, exactly a month after Greece secured a last-gasp four-month extension of an EU bailout loan, was underlined in different descriptions by Tsipras and Merkel about what reforms Athens would need to launch. "It is clear that Greece is not obliged to implement...

  • BRUSSELS, March 20- Greece promised on Friday to speed up implementation of its extended bailout agreement and send a full list of detailed reform proposals to its euro zone partners in the coming days, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. After an overnight mini-summit with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, French President Francois Hollande and heads...

  • BRUSSELS, March 19- European Union leaders agreed on Thursday that economic sanctions imposed on Russia will stay in place until a Ukraine peace deal is fully implemented, effectively extending them to the end of the year if need be. EU governments were divided on whether to act now to renew economic sanctions on Russia which expire in July or to wait several...

  • WRAPUP 5-EU tells Greece time, patience running out Thursday, 19 Mar 2015 | 3:46 PM ET

    BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, March 19- Euro zone leaders told Greece on Thursday its leftist-led government must implement agreed reforms to avert a looming cash crunch that could force it out of the single currency. Greece has been kept from bankruptcy by two international bailouts but now risks running out of money within weeks if it does not receive more funds.

  • PARIS, March 19- The owners of Europe's electricity grids say they need an injection of cash and a fresh look at regulation if they are to build and operate new, high-tech networks that can channel green energy sources into homes across the region. "If we want more renewables, we need smarter grids," said Joao Torres, CEO of Portugal's EDP Distribuicao and head of the...

  • BRUSSELS, March 19- European Union leaders look likely to keep economic sanctions on Russia in place until a Ukraine ceasefire deal is fully working, after German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday it would be wrong to ease pressure on Moscow prematurely. Merkel's comments suggest Germany will strongly encourage leaders meeting at a Brussels summit...

  • *German finance minister says Athens running out of time. ATHENS/ BERLIN, March 18- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras lambasted European partners on Wednesday for criticising a new anti-poverty law hours before it is voted on, saying it was the euro zone rather than Athens that must stop "unilateral actions" and keep its word. Tensions already simmering for...

  • *Investors looking to turn overweight France- survey. While far from an investors' favourite, the drive to cut regulations has encouraged fund managers to boost their allocations in France, seeking value shares in firms exposed to the euro zone's second biggest economy as it starts to revive. "The response from international investors on the signs that the...

  • "The direction of that proposal will go into building very strong links between full implementation of Minsk and sanctions that are already in place being in place until full implementation of Minsk," the official told reporters on condition of anonymity. Linking sanctions to full implementation of Minsk would effectively mean extending them at least until...

  • ATHENS, March 18- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will raise the country's deepening cash crunch in talks with EU leaders at this week's summit in Brussels, the government's spokesman said on Wednesday, as Athens faces running out of cash in weeks. Tsipras wants to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, European Central...

  • *Greece could run out of cash within weeks. ATHENS, March 17- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has requested a meeting with top European leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel at this week's EU summit, a Greek official said on Tuesday, as Athens insisted it would not be' blackmailed' over its debt crisis. With tensions still running high, Greece...

  • PARIS, March 12- The European Central Bank's quantitative easing program has kicked off without a hitch, ECB executive board member Benoit Coeure said on Thursday, adding that the central bank had not had problems in finding bonds to buy. The ECB has bought 9.8 billion euros worth of assets in three days, Coeure said, with an average maturity of nine years, putting it...

  • France's nuclear love affair too strong to let Areva fail Wednesday, 11 Mar 2015 | 8:32 AM ET

    *Areva's losses force rethink of French nuclear policy. *EDF seen playing bigger role in Areva's reactor arm. Areva's record 4.83 billion euro 2014 loss underlined the troubles of a group which since its 2001 creation never managed to become a world leader in nuclear newbuild.

  • PARIS, March 9- The French economy is on course to grow 0.3 percent in the first quarter, the Bank of France said in its latest business survey on Monday, revising down its forecast from an earlier 0.4 percent. The central bank's business sentiment indicator showed a slight cooling in February to 96 from 98 in January, while sentiment in the services sector rose to 92...