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New euro zone fund for troubled banks may face delay - chair

DUBLIN A new euro zone fund for troubled banks may face a one-month delay and not go live in January, a prospect that would be a major embarrassment, the chair of Europe's newest bank regulatory agency said on Friday.


Euro zone November economic sentiment stable, inflation expectations jump 10:08am GMT

BRUSSELS Euro zone economic sentiment was stable in November, as improved confidence among consumers was offset by lower morale among manufacturers, but inflation expectations jumped in both sectors, European Commission data showed on Friday.


Exclusive - ECB discusses two-tiered bank charges, broader bond buys: officials 25 Nov 2015

FRANKFURT Euro zone central bank officials are considering options such as whether to stagger charges on banks hoarding cash or to buy more debt ahead of the next European Central Bank meeting, according to officials.

EU plans to review rules on banks' exposure to sovereign bonds 24 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS The European Commission plans to review rules on banks' holdings of sovereign bonds to break excessive exposures to national debt, seen as a vulnerability of the euro zone banking system, a document released on Tuesday said.


Four nations risk breaking EU budget rules in 2016 - euro zone finanace ministers warn 23 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS Euro zone finance ministers warned Italy, Spain, Austria and Lithuania on Monday against breaking EU fiscal rules with their draft budgets for 2016, endorsing an assessment last week by the EU executive.


Making Spanish budget comply with EU rules left for next government 23 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS It will be up to the next Spanish government after an election in December to amend the 2016 budget to ensure it complies with European Union fiscal rules, the chairman of euro zone finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said on Monday.


Greece tells euro zone it aims to finish second set of reforms by mid-December 23 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS Greece told euro zone finance ministers it was aiming to complete the second set of reforms under its bailout programme by the middle of December, in a move that would secure the release of the next tranche of loans, a draft statement showed.


Euro zone business growth at four-year high 23 Nov 2015

LONDON Business activity in the euro zone picked up at its fastest pace since mid-2011 this month, and far quicker than expected, as slowing growth in France following the Nov. 13 attacks was offset by a buoyant Germany.


Spanish economic growth improved from third quarter in October - Economy Minister 22 Nov 2015

MADRID Spain's economic output picked up in October from the third quarter, when it posted one of the fastest growth rates in the euro zone, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.


Euro zone agrees Greece can get next loan tranche, cash for bank recap 21 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS Greece has done all the reforms in the a first package of measures agreed with euro zone creditors, which paves the way for Athens to get the next tranche of loans, the head of euro zone finance ministers Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Saturday.

Ten EU nations say Nord Stream gas extension not in EU interests

BRUSSELS Russia's plans to extend its gas link to Germany run counter to EU interests and risk further destabilising Ukraine, 10 European governments said in a letter to the European Commission that called for a summit-level debate on the issue.

Putin seeks map of forces not to bomb in Syria - France

PARIS Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked France to draw up a map of where groups fighting Islamic State militants operate in Syria in order not to bomb them, France's foreign minister said on Friday.


Italy manufacturing morale eases in November, but consumers more upbeat than ever

ROME, Morale among Italian manufacturers posted an unexpected fall in November but consumer confidence continued a recent improvement to hit a record high, data showed on Friday.

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