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ECB's Mersch calls for European capital markets union

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FRANKFURT - European Central Bank policymaker Yves Mersch called on Sunday for the euro zone to pursue deeper integration, including a capital markets union that would enable a company in one country to issue a bond in another.

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Draghi says euro zone governments need to redouble reform efforts 24 Jan 2015

BERLIN - National governments in the euro zone need to redouble their reform efforts to create a "genuine" economic union, ECB Mario Draghi wrote in a German magazine published on Saturday after the European Central Bank's bond-buying programme was unveiled.

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ECB's Mersch: German reservations reflected in QE's 'small print' 24 Jan 2015

BERLIN - European Central Bank Executive Board member Yves Mersch said in an interview published on Saturday that Germany's reservations about ECB bond-buying were reflected in the "small print" of the plan to pump fresh cash into the ailing euro zone economy.

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Greece to need another bailout extension - euro zone official 23 Jan 2015

BRUSSELS - Greece will have to ask for a new extension to its euro zone bailout programme before 1.8 billion euros in pending aid can be paid, a senior euro zone official said on Friday, stressing that a new government must first be in place to do so.

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Greek anti-austerity party holds lead before Sunday elections 23 Jan 2015

ATHENS - Greece's leftist Syriza party held onto its opinion poll lead on Friday as it campaigns to form the first euro zone government committed to scrapping austerity outright after elections this weekend.

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ECB's trillion-euro move offers short-term boost, but at a cost 23 Jan 2015

FRANKFURT - ECB chief Mario Draghi's 1 trillion euros (0.75 trillion pounds) of fresh money could prove the masterstroke that saves the euro zone for now, but it breaks the principle that the bloc acts as one, a move that could ultimately undermine the currency he is trying to save. | Video

Factbox - ECB policymakers' recent comments 23 Jan 2015

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank announced on Thursday a plan to pump at least 1.1 trillion euros (0.82 trillion pounds) into the ailing euro zone economy to prevent the currency bloc from slipping into deflation.

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ECB launches 1 trillion euro rescue plan to revive euro economy 23 Jan 2015

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank took the ultimate policy leap on Thursday, launching a government bond-buying programme which will pump hundreds of billions in new money into a sagging euro zone economy. | Video

Weidmann fears ECB bond-buying will take pressure of Italy, France 23 Jan 2015

BERLIN - Jens Weidmann, the head of Germany's central bank, said in an interview released on Friday the ECB's bond-buying programme would take the pressure of euro zone countries such as Italy and France - which he named - to continue their economic reforms.

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Merkel says euro zone reforms must continue after ECB move 23 Jan 2015

FLORENCE, Italy - The European Central Bank's bond-buying programme must not be used as a justification by euro zone governments to slacken economic reforms, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

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Fines, reforms force Deutsche Bank to face tough strategy choices

FRANKFURT - Deutsche Bank will remember Thursday, Jan. 8 as the start of “Duesselgate”, a nickname born not of wrongdoing, but from the shockwaves sent by a speech given in Germany's former industrial heart.

French court approves stripping nationality of Franco-Moroccan jihadist

PARIS - France's top court ruled on Friday it was possible to strip the nationality of a Franco-Moroccan man naturalised as French who was convicted on terrorism charges, paving the way for more dual nationality jihadists to lose their passports.

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Italy cheers ECB bond buying plan, sees big boost to economy

ROME - The European Central Bank's bond buying programme will give a decisive boost to Italy's stagnant economy, business lobby Confindustria said on Saturday, while the Bank of Italy said it would make it easier to pass reforms.

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