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Stagnating euro zone seeks German shift

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BRUSSELS - France and Italy sought on Friday to bridge stark differences with Germany over how to avert economic stagnation and deflation, but Chancellor Angela Merkel warned her peers against repeating the euro zone's debt crisis.

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Rapid UK recovery starts to slow from previous red-hot pace 1:31pm BST

LONDON - Britain still looks on track to outpace other advanced economies this year after rapid growth eased only slightly in the three months to September, but a euro zone slowdown could hamper the recovery in the run-up to next May's election.

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EU's growth tsar tells Germany to invest more, no decision on Italy 9:09am BST

BRUSSELS - Germany's potential for economic growth is far too low and the country must invest more, the EU's top economic official said on Friday, joining a growing chorus of leaders who want Europe's biggest economy to spend more to avoid euro zone stagnation.

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Europe's banks face moment of truth from ECB review 3:06am BST

LONDON/FRANKFURT - The euro zone's 130 biggest banks received the European Central Bank's final verdict on their finances on Thursday after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region's banking sector. | Video

Merkel to Hollande: budget rigour, growth go together 23 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - Germany and France both called for economic growth to be at the heart of the euro zone's budget strategy on Thursday but German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned against returning to the pre-crisis days of high spending to try to revive the economy.

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Europe's banks face moment of truth from ECB review 23 Oct 2014

LONDON/FRANKFURT - The euro zone's 130 biggest banks received the European Central Bank's final verdict on their finances on Thursday after a review aimed at drawing a line under persistent doubts about the health of the region's banking sector.

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Business activity improves in China, euro zone but little sign of turnaround 23 Oct 2014

LONDON/BEIJING - Euro zone businesses performed much better than forecasters expected this month and China's vast factory sector grew a shade faster but there were worrying signs that the upturn could be short-lived.

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Euro zone consumer confidence rises in October 23 Oct 2014

BRUSSELS - Euro zone consumer confidence defied market expectations of a fifth straight month of decline and rose slightly in October, a flash estimate from the European Commission showed on Thursday.

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Big bang, not big bucks, the key for euro zone bank lending 23 Oct 2014

DUBLIN/FRANKFURT - If the European Central Bank really wants to kick-start the euro zone economy, it should ensure the bloc's banks are up to the task of lending.

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Upbeat business surveys encourage investors out of Bund refuge 23 Oct 2014

LONDON - German government bond yields edged higher on Thursday after an unexpected uptick in euro zone business surveys staved off fears the bloc could be headed for a triple-dip recession.

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Insight - Mario Draghi's German problem

BERLIN/FRANKFURT/PARIS - In early October, European Central Bank board member Benoit Coeure paid a discreet visit to the Chancellery in Berlin to express concerns about rising criticism of the bank from German politicians.

France can do more to rein in spending - central bank chief

PARIS - France could make more budget savings next year than planned, but should concentrate on achieving those already in the works, the central bank governor said on Friday.

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Britain slams EU budget demand, others see 'molehills'

BRUSSELS/LONDON - British Prime Minister David Cameron challenged a demand from the European Union for an additional 2.1-billion-euro payment into this year's EU budget after a revision of economic statistics showed his country was better off.

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