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Greece aims for debt relief deal in February 2016 after reforms done


ATHENS Greece wants a deal on debt relief with its euro zone creditors in February to remove financial uncertainty and spur economic recovery, its finance minister said, but euro zone officials said that timetable was very ambitious and likely to slip.


FTSE lags euro zone, ends November lower 30 Nov 2015

LONDON The FTSE underperformed euro zone indexes on Monday, missing out on the benefit from a weak euro and hindered by falls in mining company BHP Billiton and Aberdeen Asset Management.


First Greek reform review seen done in early 2016 - EU mission head 30 Nov 2015

ATHENS Greece and its euro zone creditors are likely to conclude their first review of Greek reforms early in 2016, paving the way for discussions on debt relief for Athens, the European Commission's mission chief to Greece Declan Costello on Monday.

Euro zone bank fund to start in January with no delays - EU 30 Nov 2015

BRUSSELS A new euro zone fund for troubled banks will become operational from January as planned because a sufficient number of member states have completed the legal procedures, EU officials said on Monday.

New euro zone fund for troubled banks may face delay - chair 27 Nov 2015

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 for a critical element of banking union, its chair said on Friday.


Euro zone November economic sentiment stable, inflation expectations jump 27 Nov 2015

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.


Thyssen promises Australian jobs as bids for submarine contract

DUESSELDORF/VIENNA Germany's Thyssenkrupp held out the prospect of thousands of new Australian jobs as it submitted a bid for a $36 billion (£24 billion) submarine project on Monday.

France wants precise answers in IAEA Iran nuclear report

PARIS The U.N. nuclear watchdog must provide all the information it possesses with the "necessary detail" on whether Iran has in the past carried out work related to nuclear weapons, France's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.


Paris attacks a risk for recovery in Italy - minister tells Corriere

MILAN The recent attacks in Paris could dent economic recovery in Italy, Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Sunday, adding, however, that the government did not have any concrete reason for now to trim its growth forecast.

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