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Euro zone banks to repay 4.5 billion euros of LTRO money next week - traders

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- Banks in the euro zone will next week repay 4.5 billion euros (3.56 billion pounds) of the long-term loans taken roughly three years ago to weather the financial crisis, a Reuters poll of euro zone money market traders found.

France says respects budget rules, Germany says EU must decide 20 Oct 2014

BERLIN - France's finance minister said after talks in Berlin on Monday that the European Union's fiscal rules were indispensable for the credibility of the euro zone and Paris must reduce its excessive budget deficit by cutting spending.

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ECB starts buying covered bonds in fight to revive euro zone economy 20 Oct 2014

FRANKFURT/PARIS - The European Central Bank has started buying covered bonds, an ECB spokesman said on Monday, opening a new front in its battle to revive the euro zone economy and keep deflation at bay.

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Credibility meets compromise in Europe's bank stress test 20 Oct 2014

LONDON - When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a "comprehensive assessment" of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis.

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Credibility meets compromise in Europe's bank stress test 19 Oct 2014

LONDON - When Europe announced its latest health check of top banks early last year it promised a "comprehensive assessment" of how well prepared they were to withstand another financial crisis.

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Euro zone avoids stagnation in second quarter under new accounting method - Eurostat 17 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - The euro zone economy slowed in the second quarter but is not stagnating yet, data showed on Friday, as the European Union's statistics office revised up its numbers after changing to a new accounting standard.

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ECB's Coeure sees euro zone growth in third, fourth quarter 17 Oct 2014

RIGA - The euro zone economy is still on a recovery path and the European Central Bank expects it to grow in the third and fourth quarters, ECB Executive Board member Benoit Coeure said on Friday.

ECB policymakers clash over how to treat sickly euro zone economy 17 Oct 2014

RIGA/VIENNA - European Central Bank policymakers clashed on Friday over what policy medicine to administer to the sickly euro zone economy, laying bare deep-seated tensions within the Governing Council.

ECB has leeway for more action, no emergency - Nowotny 17 Oct 2014

VIENNA - The European Central Bank has room for more action to address the euro zone's economic problems but does not need emergency measures, ECB Governing Council member Ewald Nowotny said on Friday.

Activity in unsecured money market picked up in second quarter - ECB survey 17 Oct 2014

FRANKFURT - Euro zone banks grew more confident in the second quarter about borrowing and lending to each other in the unsecured money market, which was shunned during the crisis, a survey by the European Central Bank showed on Friday.

Whitbread to expand into Germany with new hotel trial

LONDON - Whitbread is to expand into Germany after record demand for rooms at its Premier Inn hotels and a strong performance from the Costa Coffee chain gave the British group the confidence to take its business model into mainland Europe.

Air France KLM, Delta, Alitalia offer concessions to settle EU probe

BRUSSELS - Skyteam alliance partners Air France KLM , Delta Air Lines and Alitalia have offered to give up slots at three airports and made other concessions to try to settle an EU antitrust investigation, the European Commission said on Tuesday.

Italian car parts maker Sogefi reports net loss, CEO steps down

MILAN - Italian car parts maker Sogefi reported on Tuesday a net loss for the first nine months of the year, hit by weakness in South America and costs for restructuring in Europe, and said Chief Executive Guglielmo Fiocchi would leave the company.

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