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ESM's chief says EU, IMF in no mood for a Greek debt haircut

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ATHENS - Greece's international creditors have no appetite for considering a haircut as a way to lighten its debt load, the head of the European Stability Mechanism, the euro zone's bailout fund organisaton, told Greek Sunday newspaper Realnews.

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EU mulls tapping unused rescue funds to boost investment - paper 20 Sep 2014

BERLIN - Unused funds in the euro zone's rescue mechanism could be used to boost investment across the continent and help it recover from the worst financial crisis in a generation, according to a German newspaper report on Saturday.

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Bank of England says its bond-buying failed to boost bank lending 19 Sep 2014

LONDON - The Bank of England's 375 billion pounds of stimulus pumped into Britain's financial system did not boost bank lending, research from the central bank showed on Friday, although it helped turn the economy round in other ways.

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U.S. Treasury's Lew calls for euro zone, Japan to do more on growth 19 Sep 2014

CAIRNS Australia - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday called on the euro zone and Japan to do more to spur growth as the global economy continues to disappoint, highlighting what is sure to be a bone of contention as Group of 20 ministers gather in Australia.

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U.S. Treasury's Lew says growth lagging in euro zone, Japan 19 Sep 2014

CAIRNS Australia - U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew on Friday called on the euro zone and Japan to do more to spur growth as the global economy continues to disappoint, highlighting what is sure to be a bone of contention as Group of 20 ministers meet in Australia.

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ECB's Coeure and Germany's Asmussen call for German tax cuts 19 Sep 2014

FRANKFURT - A top European Central Bank policymaker and a senior German government official have made a joint call for Germany to promote investment and cut taxes on workers' pay to support a recovery in the euro zone economy.

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Low take-up for cheap bank credit raises pressure on ECB 18 Sep 2014

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank saw far less demand than expected on Thursday for its new four-year loans to banks, raising doubts about a stimulus package it hopes will stave off deflation and revive the euro zone economy.

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UniCredit took 7.75 billion euros in new longer-term ECB funds 18 Sep 2014

MILAN - Italian lender UniCredit took 7.75 billion euros (6.12 billion pounds) in cheap four-year funds the European Central Bank offered to euro zone lenders on Thursday, a spokesman said.

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ECB outlines new plan that will give more voting power to bigger states 18 Sep 2014

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank detailed plans on Thursday for changing the way the euro zone governors vote from next year, curbing smaller economies' potential influence in favour of big countries, like Germany.

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France's Hollande heads for showdown over job deregulation drive 17 Sep 2014

PARIS - Thousands of French "notaires" held what they said were their first-ever street protests in Paris and Marseille on Wednesday to challenge plans by President Francois Hollande to deregulate their activities.

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French and German visions for Europe to clash in Berlin

BERLIN/PARIS - Germany and France will try to reconcile divergent visions of how to fix Europe's economy on Monday when Manuel Valls makes his first visit to Berlin as French prime minister and holds talks with Angela Merkel.

Air France cancels flights as strike enters second week

PARIS - Air France expects to operate 41 percent of its flights on Monday as a pilots strike over cost cuts and plans for the company's budget Transavia unit enters its second week.

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Italy's Renzi, unions clash over cuts, labour reforms

ROME - Italian public sector workers on Friday announced plans for a one-day demonstration on Nov. 8 against spending cuts and a public administration overhaul as verbal sparring increased between the unions and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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