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Germans warned against apathy as Merkel heads for fourth term

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BERLIN Germans were urged to vote in a national election on Sunday in which a seemingly assured fourth term for Chancellor Angela Merkel risks being overshadowed by a far-right party entering parliament for the first time in more than half a century.

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Italy's 5-Star names youthful new leader as election nears 23 Sep 2017

RIMINI, Italy Italy's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement which is riding high in opinion polls has named 31-year-old Luigi Di Maio to lead it into parliamentary elections early next year, which could see the maverick party win national power.

Italy hikes growth forecasts, deficit target ahead of election 23 Sep 2017

ROME Italy on Saturday raised its forecasts for economic growth this year and next and said it would cut the budget deficit by less than previously promised.

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Greece to stay on supervision post bailout, Eurogroup chief tells paper 23 Sep 2017

ATHENS Greece will remain under supervision after it exits its current bailout programme next year, the head of the group of euro zone finance ministers told a Greek newspaper on Saturday.

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Dollar on back foot versus yen on North Korea jitters 22 Sep 2017

NEW YORK The dollar weakened against the yen on Friday, with tensions simmering on the Korean peninsula and as the boost from heightened expectations of a U.S. interest rate hike in December faded.

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Macron signs French labour reform decrees 22 Sep 2017

PARIS President Emmanuel Macron formally signed five decrees overhauling France's labour rules on Friday, the first major economic reforms since he took power in May. | Video

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Post-election conundrum awaits Germany's Merkel 22 Sep 2017

BERLIN Barring an upset, the main uncertainty surrounding Europe's most important election this year is not whether Angela Merkel will continue to lead Germany after this weekend's vote, but who with and how long they will take to get going. | Video

Highlights - May's main comments on Brexit 22 Sep 2017

FLORENCE, Italy British Prime Minister Theresa May is setting out her plan for future ties with the European Union in a speech which she hopes will help spur negotiations over the country's divorce from the bloc.

Slovenian PM cancels Croatia visit over maritime dispute 22 Sep 2017

LJUBLJANA Slovenia's Prime Minister, Miro Cerar, has cancelled a visit to Croatia, accusing the neighbouring state of reigniting a long-running maritime dispute, his office said on Friday.

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Macron puts fiscal credibility on the line with first budget 22 Sep 2017

PARIS When Emmanuel Macron's government delivers the first budget of his presidency on Wednesday, it must convince France's European partners it is serious about cutting spending while reassuring voters they do not face austerity.

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Facing far-right gains, Merkel, Schulz urge undecided Germans to vote

BERLIN/GREIFSWALD, Germany German Chancellor Angela Merkel, poised to win a fourth term in Sunday's election, and her centre-left challenger Martin Schulz urged supporters on Saturday to keep fighting for votes with a third of the electorate still undecided. | Video

French state bank BPI to fund projects in Iran, CEO tells paper

PARIS Bpifrance, the country’s state investment bank, will finance investment projects of French companies in Iran from 2018, granting up to 500 million euros ($598 million) in annual credits, its CEO said in a newspaper interview on Sunday.

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Immigrants likely boosting euro zone's labour force - ECB

FRANKFURT Immigrants have made a large contribution to the working-age population of the euro zone since 2013 and are likely also boosting its labour force, particularly in Italy and Germany, the European Central Bank said on Thursday.

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