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ECB starts buying covered bonds in fight to revive euro zone economy

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FRANKFURT/PARIS - The European Central Bank has started buying covered bonds, an ECB spokesman said on Monday, opening a new front in its battle to revive the euro zone economy and keep deflation at bay.

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Credibility meets compromise in Europe's bank stress test 6:04am BST

LONDON - When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a "comprehensive assessment" of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis.

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Credibility meets compromise in Europe's bank stress test 19 Oct 2014

LONDON - When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a "comprehensive assessment" of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis.

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Euro zone avoids stagnation in second quarter under new accounting method - Eurostat 17 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - The euro zone economy slowed in the second quarter but is not stagnating yet, data showed on Friday, as the European Union's statistics office revised up its numbers after changing to a new accounting standard.

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ECB's Coeure sees euro zone growth in third, fourth quarter 17 Oct 2014

RIGA - The euro zone economy is still on a recovery path and the European Central Bank expects it to grow in the third and fourth quarters, ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said on Friday.

ECB policymakers clash over how to treat sickly euro zone economy 17 Oct 2014

RIGA/VIENNA - European Central Bank policymakers clashed on Friday over what policy medicine to administer to the sickly euro zone economy, laying bare deep-seated tensions within the Governing Council.

ECB has leeway for more action, no emergency - Nowotny 17 Oct 2014

VIENNA - The European Central Bank has room for more action to address the euro zone's economic problems but does not need emergency measures, ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny said on Friday.

Activity in unsecured money market picked up in second quarter - ECB survey 17 Oct 2014

FRANKFURT - Euro zone banks grew more confident in the second quarter about borrowing and lending to each other in the unsecured money market, which was shunned during the crisis, a survey by the European Central Bank showed on Friday.

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Borrowing costs jump for fragile euro zone states 16 Oct 2014

LONDON - Borrowing costs for some of the euro zone's most highly indebted southern states shot higher on Thursday, as fears of slowing economic growth wounded confidence that the European Central Bank could avert another debt crisis in the bloc.

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Euro zone back in firing line over growth, lowflation, Greece 16 Oct 2014

PARIS - After a two-year siesta, the euro zone is back in the financial markets' firing line due to stagnating growth, low inflation, budget problems in France and Italy and rising political risk in Greece, where the bloc's debt crisis began in 2009.

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Germany risks recession, in Bundesbank's bleak outlook

FRANKFURT - Germany risks coming dangerously close to recession, the central bank said on Monday in a forecast that predicted little or no economic growth in the second half of the year.

France will cut deficit at appropriate pace - Sapin

PARIS - French Finance Minister Michel Sapin reaffirmed ahead of a meeting in Berlin with his German counterpart on Monday that France would cut its deficit at a rate appropriate to maintaining a fragile recovery.

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Rome mayor recognises gay marriages, riles minister, bishops

ROME - Rome's centre-left mayor on Saturday recognised the validity of 16 gay marriages performed outside Italy, the first such ceremony in the capital, sparking an angry reaction from the interior minister and the country's Roman Catholic Church.

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