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Euro, bond yields sink on ECB easing report


LONDON The euro and euro zone bond yields sank on Wednesday after Reuters reported that central bank officials are weighing up how to ease monetary policy further in the coming weeks, including staggering charges on banks hoarding cash or buying more debt.


Exclusive - ECB discusses two-tiered bank charges, broader bond buys: officials 9:04am GMT

FRANKFURT Euro zone central bank officials are considering options such as whether to stagger charges on banks hoarding cash or to buy more debt ahead of the next European Central Bank meeting, according to officials.

EU plans to review rules on banks' exposure to sovereign bonds 24 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS The European Commission plans to review rules on banks' holdings of sovereign bonds to break excessive exposures to national debt, seen as a vulnerability of the euro zone banking system, a document released on Tuesday said.


Four nations risk breaking EU budget rules in 2016 - euro zone finanace ministers warn 23 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers warned Italy, Spain, Austria and Lithuania on Monday against breaking EU fiscal rules with their draft budgets for 2016, endorsing an assessment last week by the EU executive.


Making Spanish budget comply with EU rules left for next government 23 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS It will be up to the next Spanish government after an election in December to amend the 2016 budget to ensure it complies with European Union fiscal rules, the chairman of euro zone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said on Monday.


Greece tells euro zone it aims to finish second set of reforms by mid-December 23 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS Greece told euro zone finance ministers it was aiming to complete the second set of reforms under its bailout programme by the middle of December, in a move that would secure the release of the next tranche of loans, a draft statement showed.


Euro zone business growth at four-year high 23 Nov 2015

LONDON Business activity in the euro zone picked up at its fastest pace since mid-2011 this month, and far quicker than expected, as slowing growth in France following the Nov. 13 attacks was offset by a buoyant Germany.


Spanish economic growth improved from third quarter in October - Economy Minister 22 Nov 2015

MADRID Spain's economic output picked up in October from the third quarter, when it posted one of the fastest growth rates in the euro zone, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.


Euro zone agrees Greece can get next loan tranche, cash for bank recap 21 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS Greece has done all the reforms in the a first package of measures agreed with euro zone creditors, which paves the way for Athens to get the next tranche of loans, the head of euro zone finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Saturday.

Eurogroup nears payout deal for Greece, decision seen Monday 20 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS Euro zone deputy finance ministers neared agreement on Friday on clearing disbursement of the next tranche of loans to Greece after institutions representing the creditors recommended a payout, with a final decision likely by Monday, officials said.

Austria, Germany to reopen rail link closed over migrants

VIENNA Austria and Germany have arranged to reopen a vital rail link that was closed in September to slow the passage of tens of thousands of migrants, Austrian rail operator OeBB said, but passengers will have to go through border checks.

France detects first bird flu outbreak in years

PARIS France, the European Union's biggest agriculture producer, reported an outbreak of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens on Wednesday, its first since 2007.


Vatican puts journalists on trial amid human rights furore

VATICAN CITY Five people, including two Italian reporters, went on trial in the Vatican on Tuesday, to outrage from rights groups, on charges arising from publication of books in which the Holy See was portrayed as mired in mismanagement and corruption.

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