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ECB's Coene supports government bond purchases - newspaper

BRUSSELS - The European Central Bank should start buying government bonds to tackle poor investor confidence and low inflation in the euro zone, governing council member Luc Coene said in an interview published on Saturday.

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Russia growls across the border as Lithuania readies for euro 21 Dec 2014

KYBARTAI, Lithuania - Geopolitics plague Lithuanians at this frozen Russian border post, where a return trip by car can mean 48 hours of queuing. It is a reminder for some of why the former Soviet republic will cement its move to the West by joining the euro zone next month.

ECB's Coene supports government bond purchases - newspaper 20 Dec 2014

BRUSSELS - The European Central Bank should start buying government bonds to tackle poor investor confidence and low inflation in the euro zone, governing council member Luc Coene said in an interview published on Saturday.

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ECB's Constancio sees negative inflation rate in months ahead - magazine 20 Dec 2014

BERLIN - European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio said in a magazine interview he expected the euro zone inflation rate to turn negative in the coming months but that if this was just a temporary phenomenon, he did not see a risk of deflation.

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Swiss central bank announces negative interest rates to stem flight into franc 18 Dec 2014

ZURICH - Switzerland's central bank said it would start charging banks for deposits in francs for the first time since the 1970s, hoping to stem a flight to the safe-haven currency driven by concern over the euro zone and Russia's deepening crisis. | Video

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No risk of contagion from Greek vote - Italy economy minister 18 Dec 2014

ROME - Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Thursday that possible fallout from Greece's political showdown would not trigger a euro zone debt crisis like the one that pushed Italy close to default three years ago.

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Coeure says ECB weighing how best to act, France wants policy shift 17 Dec 2014

FRANKFURT/PARIS - European Central Bank policymakers are discussing how best to act to revive the euro zone economy rather than whether to do so, ECB board member Benoit Coeure said, as France pressed for a "more suitable" monetary policy for the common currency area.

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France will seek a 'more suitable' ECB monetary policy 17 Dec 2014

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande will call for a "more suitable" euro zone monetary policy at a summit of EU leaders this week, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron told lawmakers on Wednesday.

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Cheaper fuel keeps Euro zone inflation low in November 17 Dec 2014

BRUSSELS - Falling prices of fuel and heating oil as well as telecommunications kept euro zone inflation low in November, the European Union's statistics office said on Wednesday, confirming its earlier flash estimate.

Investors see Greek upheaval ring-fenced from rest of euro zone 16 Dec 2014

LONDON - Greece's future in the euro zone may hang in the balance once more, but investors believe the market fallout from any current political turbulence can be insulated, unlike during the region's sovereign debt crisis of 2012.

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Siemens won't float healthcare unit in 2015 - Wirtschafts Woche

FRANKFURT - Siemens has no plans to float its healthcare business next year following the legal separation of the unit in countries including Germany, Chief Executive Joe Kaeser told the weekly publication Wirtschafts Woche.

Lebanon says it needs French helicopters quickly to fight jihadis

PARIS - Lebanon hopes France will deliver helicopters to its army faster than planned so it can fight jihadis encroaching from neighbouring Syria, Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam said in an interview on Sunday.

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Capital hike, asset sales to fill gap at Monte Paschi - chairman

VIENNA - Italian lender Monte dei Paschi di Siena expects to complete its planned capital increase by July and can use divestments to help plug a hole in its balance sheet, Chairman Alessandro Profumo told an Austrian newspaper.

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