Euro zone rebuffs Spanish talk of new Greek bailout


BARCELONA/BRUSSELS - Germany and the European Commission slapped down talk of a third financial rescue for Greece as premature, after Spain once again suggested on Wednesday that a new aid package for Athens was almost inevitable. | Video


Germany says euro zone has hands full with existing Greek bailout programme 04 Mar 2015

BARCELONA/BRUSSELS - Germany and the European Commission said on Wednesday that talk of a third bailout for Greece was premature, while Spain's Economy Minister was insistent that further support was almost inevitable.


Grexit risk rising despite cash lifeline - investor survey 03 Mar 2015

LONDON - Chances of Greece leaving the euro zone in the next 12 months are the highest since late 2012 even though Athens's financial lifeline has been extended, a survey of investors based mainly in Germany showed on Tuesday.

OSCE should play greater role in eastern Ukraine, leaders say 02 Mar 2015

MOSCOW/BERLIN/PARIS - The leaders of Russia, Germany and France agreed to Ukraine's proposal to ask the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to help with the implementation of the cease-fire agreement in eastern Ukraine, officials said after a four-way phone call on Monday evening.

UK blocks Russian oligarchs' deal to buy North Sea fields 28 Feb 2015

LONDON - Britain has blocked a deal by Russian billionaires, Mikhail Fridman and German Khan, to buy 12 oil and gas fields in the North Sea as part of their acquisition of Germany's oil firm DEA from RWE , citing possible sanctions against Russia.


Germany backs Greek extension but bailout fatigue grows 27 Feb 2015

BERLIN - Germany's parliament approved an extension of Greece's bailout on Friday but a record number of dissenters from Angela Merkel's conservatives underscored growing scepticism in Berlin about whether a new Greek government can be trusted to deliver on its reform pledges. | Video

German inflation set to remain low, state data suggests 27 Feb 2015

BERLIN - Annual inflation in Germany is likely to remain low in February but it looks set to be higher than in January, when prices fell for the first time since 2009, data from some federal states suggested on Friday.

Merkel hopes Moldova isn't in Russia's sights after Ukraine 26 Feb 2015

BERLIN - Germany's Angela Merkel said on Thursday she hoped Russia's Vladimir Putin would not try the same strategy in Moldova as he had in Ukraine, and expressed support for the country's efforts to forge stronger ties with Europe, to Moscow's chagrin.

Ukraine crisis prompts German debate on restocking military 26 Feb 2015

BERLIN - Germany is considering buying more tanks in the light of the Ukraine crisis and Europe's deteriorating relations with Russia, after years of drastic cuts left the military operating with just 75 percent of the heavy equipment it needs.

German Jewish leader warns against wearing skullcaps 26 Feb 2015

BERLIN - Germany's Jewish community leader has advised Jews not to wear skullcaps in areas with a large Muslim population, a warning that underscores fears about growing anti-Semitism in Europe.


Knife-wielding attacker slashes face of U.S. ambassador in South Korea

SEOUL - U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert underwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a breakfast forum in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification. | Video