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Greece says Dijsselbloem visit will kick off debt talks

ATHENS - This week's visit to Athens by the head of the euro zone finance ministers' group will mark the start of Greece's negotiations on changing the conditions of its international bailout accord, the finance ministry said in a statement.

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German inflation turns negative for first time since 2009 29 Jan 2015

BERLIN - Annual inflation in Germany turned negative in January for the first time since the height of the global financial crisis in 2009, suggesting the euro zone rate could drop further and possibly vindicating the ECB's bond-buying programme.

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ECB warns banks to keep dividends tight 29 Jan 2015

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank warned banks across the euro zone to curb payouts to shareholders, also pledging to probe how much they are paying in bonuses as the rest of the bloc's economy suffers.

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Shoppers help euro zone confidence improve in January 29 Jan 2015

BRUSSELS - Economic morale in the euro zone rose slightly at the start of this year as shoppers appeared more optimistic in Germany, Spain and Italy, but the divisions in the weak economy were underscored by a fall in overall sentiment in France.

Lending in euro zone falls in December but at slower pace 29 Jan 2015

FRANKFURT - Lending to households and firms in the euro zone fell by 0.5 percent in December, but at a slower pace than in the previous month, while money supply grew by 3.6 percent, the European Central Bank said on Thursday.

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ECB's Praet sees some 'rather positive signs' in money supply data 29 Jan 2015

LUXEMBOURG - Euro zone money supply for December is showing some positive signs as credit to companies rose, European Central Bank Executive Board member Peter Praet said on Thursday.

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Bank of England's Carney says more euro zone risk sharing in German interest - Irish Times 29 Jan 2015

LONDON - Greater public and private risk sharing across the euro zone would stand to benefit Germany as much as any other country in the currency union, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said in a newspaper interview published on Thursday.

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Bank of England's Carney urges Europe to take plunge on fiscal union 28 Jan 2015

DUBLIN - Bank of England Governor Mark Carney urged the euro zone to take the controversial step of turning its currency area into a fiscal union in order to escape its slow-growth debt trap - a call likely to be rebuffed by Germany.

France aims to facilitate Greece-euro zone talks - finance minister 28 Jan 2015

PARIS - French Finance Minister Michel Sapin said on Wednesday France wanted to facilitate talks between Greece's new leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and the rest of the euro zone, and would meet his Greek counterpart in Paris on Monday.

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German economy minister says no longer any risk of contagion in Euro zone 28 Jan 2015

BERLIN - German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said on Wednesday there was no longer any risk of contagion in the euro zone as a result of concerns about Greece's new anti-bailout government, adding that Greece should remain in the currency bloc.

Iran says nuclear talks with Europeans "promising" but no progress

ANKARA - Iran said talks with France, Germany and Britain on Thursday on its nuclear programme were "promising" but more work was needed to settle the 12-year standoff, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Lagardere enters race for Benetton's World Duty Free - sources

LONDON/MILAN - France's Lagardère has joined the race to acquire a majority of Italy's airport retailer World Duty Free , which belongs to the Benetton family, sources familiar with the situation said.

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Italy fails to elect president in first round of voting

ROME - Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday, leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round when the required threshold of votes is lower. | Video

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