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Analysis - Greece shakes Europe's political kaleidoscope: expect the unexpected


LONDON - By catapulting to power an improbable alliance of the hard left and nationalist far right, Greece has shaken up Europe's political kaleidoscope and may have signalled the end of an era of centrist consensus.

Greek turmoil an unexpected boon for German AfD eurosceptics 12:57pm GMT

BREMEN, Germany - The new Greek government's anti-bailout stance has sent shudders through much of Europe but Germany's eurosceptic AfD party can hardly believe its good fortune ahead of a regional election as a breakup of the euro zone suddenly appears possible.

Majority of Germans favour Greece remaining in euro - poll 10:36am GMT

BERLIN - A majority of Germans favour Greece remaining in the euro zone despite its new leftist government in Athens rejecting austerity, a poll for newspaper Bild am Sonntag showed on Sunday.


ECB's Praet says QE will help fend off damaging deflation 30 Jan 2015

BERLIN - European Central Bank Executive Board member Peter Praet defended the ECB's decision to buy government bonds in an interview published on Saturday, saying it took pre-emptive action to prevent a deflationary spiral in the euro zone.


Euro zone prices fall at record-equalling pace in January 30 Jan 2015

BRUSSELS - Euro zone consumer prices fell at a record-equalling pace in January, more steeply than expected and supporting the backers of the European Central Bank's money-printing plan to combat sustained deflation.


ECB will take time to bed in as bank watchdog - Bundesbank's Dombret 30 Jan 2015

LONDON - The euro zone's three-month old banking super-regulator won't get everything right straight away as it directly supervises big, complex lenders for the first time, a senior official at Germany's Bundesbank said on Friday.

Greece says Dijsselbloem visit will kick off debt talks 29 Jan 2015

ATHENS - This week's visit to Athens by the head of the euro zone finance ministers' group will mark the start of Greece's negotiations on changing the conditions of its international bailout accord, the finance ministry said in a statement.


German inflation turns negative for first time since 2009 29 Jan 2015

BERLIN - Annual inflation in Germany turned negative in January for the first time since the height of the global financial crisis in 2009, suggesting the euro zone rate could drop further and possibly vindicating the ECB's bond-buying programme.


ECB warns banks to keep dividends tight 29 Jan 2015

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank warned banks across the euro zone to curb payouts to shareholders, also pledging to probe how much they are paying in bonuses as the rest of the bloc's economy suffers.


Shoppers help euro zone confidence improve in January 29 Jan 2015

BRUSSELS - Economic morale in the euro zone rose slightly at the start of this year as shoppers appeared more optimistic in Germany, Spain and Italy, but the divisions in the weak economy were underscored by a fall in overall sentiment in France.


Right-wing firebrand shakes up cosy Swiss politics

MAENNEDORF, Switzerland - As a child growing up near the Swiss border with Germany in the early 1940s, Christoph Blocher remembers soldiers camping out in his family's garden, ready to defend the neutral nation against a surprise attack from the Nazis.

France, Morocco resume judicial cooperation after row

PARIS - France and Morocco will resume judicial cooperation, the French justice ministry said, ending a row sparked by a French probe into alleged torture by Moroccan intelligence services.


Italy elects senior judge Sergio Mattarella as president

ROME - Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran centre-left politician, as president on Saturday, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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