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  • *Le Pen narrows gap, French bonds sold. *Progress in Greece aid talk gives euro some relief. The euro could face further pressure given there's still time before the election, "said Ayako Sera, market strategist at Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank.

  • BOISE, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams speaks on "Getting to Know the Fed" before Boise State University students- 2030 GMT. GOLDEN VALLEY, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari participates in conversation on the economy and the role of the Federal Reserve before the Financial...

  • BOISE, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams speaks on "Getting to Know the Fed" before Boise State University students- 2030 GMT. GOLDEN VALLEY, United States- Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis President Neel Kashkari participates in conversation on the economy and the role of the Federal Reserve before the Financial...

  • Vice President Mike Pence assures the European Union in Brussels the Trump administration will develop their cooperation in trade and security and backs the EU as a partner in its own right. The U.S. military is "not in Iraq to seize anybody's oil," Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says, distancing himself from remarks by Trump, as he holds talks with Iraqi leaders.

  • *Lenders to send experts back to Greece to work out reforms. BRUSSELS, Feb 20- Greece and its international lenders agreed on Monday to let teams of experts work out new reforms to Greek pensions, income tax and labour market that would allow Athens to eventually qualify for more cheap loans, euro zone officials said. Greece needs a new tranche of financial aid under...

  • LONDON, Feb 20- German carmaker Volkswagen has fixed 470,000 cars out of 1.2 million affected by the diesel emissions scandal in Britain, the firm's UK managing director told lawmakers on Monday. Paul Willis faced difficult questions from lawmakers, some of whom are angry that the firm has not been fined in Britain and that motorists have not received...

  • MADRID— French President Francois Hollande says he and the leaders of Spain, Italy and Germany will meet in early March to lay ground for a summit on the European Union's future after Britain's departure from the bloc. A joint declaration Hollande and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy issued after meeting in Malaga on Monday said they plan to get together...

  • ATHENS, Feb 20- Euro zone finance ministers and Greece agreed on Monday to resume negotiations over its bailout review next week, and to be concluded swiftly afterwards, a Greek government official said. Greece accepted to legislate reforms which would be adopted from Jan. 1, 2019 onwards, on condition that the fiscal impact would be neutral, the official said.

  • *Germany says no guarantees on Opel jobs, but encouraged. *PSA Group in talks to buy GM's Opel/ Vauxhall brands. BERLIN/ LONDON, Feb 20- Initial talks between the German government and carmakers PSA and General Motors have led to some encouraging signs that jobs at Opel factories will be preserved, though no guarantees have been made yet, a top official said on Monday.

  • BRUSSELS, Feb 20- Euro zone finance ministers will discuss on Monday what reforms Greece must make to release new loans from the bloc's governments and get the International Monetary Fund to join the bailout. But Belgian Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt said on entering the meeting that a deal with Greece should not be rushed because of the European...

  • HAMBURG/ BERLIN, Feb 20- Volkswagen's labor bosses and top executives are making headway in talks to resolve a dispute over the implementation of a turnaround plan, both sides said, without elaborating. But the works council on Monday said the talks have led to early signs of how to overcome disagreement over how to implement the' future pact' designed to raise...

  • *Germany says no guarantees on Opel jobs, but encouraged. *PSA Group in talks to buy GM's Opel/ Vauxhall brands. BERLIN/ LONDON, Feb 20- Initial talks between the German government and carmakers PSA and General Motors have led to some encouraging signs that jobs at Opel factories will be preserved, though no guarantees have been made yet, a top official said on Monday.

  • BERLIN— The German government is appealing a court order requiring it to provide information about any background briefings that Chancellor Angela Merkel has with journalists. A Berlin court ruled in favor of a newspaper reporter who had demanded details about the time, place, participants and topics of Merkel's off-the-record chats, though not the precise...

  • BERLIN/ ATHENS, Feb 20- Greece may need far less in bailout loans from international lenders because its finance are improving better than expected, the head the euro zone bailout fund was quoted on Monday as saying. Klaus Regling, the fund's managing director, told German newspaper Bild that at the end of Greece's money-for-reforms package in August 2018, the ESM...

  • BERLIN, Feb 20- Initial talks between the German government and carmakers PSA and General Motors have led to some encouraging signals that jobs at Opel factories will be preserved, but no guarantees have been made yet, a top official said on Monday. GM and PSA so far have not given binding guarantees to preserve German jobs and factories at Opel, Deputy Economy...

  • LONDON, Feb 20- The head of Britain's biggest trade union is likely to meet the CEO of PSA Group on Friday amid growing concerns over the future of Vauxhall plants if the French carmaker buys the business from General Motors, a union source told Reuters. Peugeot-maker PSA is in talks to buy GM's loss-making European business, which operates under the Vauxhall and...

  • BERLIN— Germany's economy minister plans to discuss the future of General Motors' Opel subsidiary during a visit to Paris on Thursday. A spokesman for Brigitte Zypries said Monday the issue of a possible takeover by France's PSA Group would play a "big role" in talks with her French counterpart. The German government was caught off guard last week by news about a...

  • *Kraft camp had told UK Business Secretary details of plan. LONDON, Feb 20- Kraft Heinz Co's rapid retreat from its surprise $143 billion bid for Unilever in the face of stiff resistance knocked the Anglo-Dutch company's shares on Monday as investors assessed the impact of the failed approach. Kraft laid out its plan to create a consumer goods behemoth with...

  • BERLIN, Feb 20- German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble doesn't expect euro zone finance ministers to reach a final deal on Greece at their meeting today in Brussels, a spokesman said on Monday. "We do not expect a final agreement from the Eurogroup meeting, rather it is an evaluation of a progress report, and with this expectations the minister left to Brussels,"...

  • BRUSSELS— Greece and its European creditors agreed Monday to resume talks on what economic reforms the country must make next in order to get the money it needs to avoid bankruptcy and a potential exit from the euro this summer. Greece's left-wing government has lost a lot of support as it legislated for more austerity in return for the bailout cash— it's about 15...