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ECB's Constancio sees negative inflation rate in months ahead-magazine

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BERLIN - European Central Bank Vice President Vitor Constancio said in a magazine interview he expected the euro zone inflation rate to turn negative in the coming months but added that if this was just a temporary phenomenon, he did not see a risk of deflation.

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Swiss central bank announces negative interest rates to stem flight into franc 18 Dec 2014

ZURICH - Switzerland's central bank said it would start charging banks for deposits in francs for the first time since the 1970s, hoping to stem a flight to the safe-haven currency driven by concern over the euro zone and Russia's deepening crisis. | Video

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No risk of contagion from Greek vote - Italy economy minister 18 Dec 2014

ROME - Italian Economy Minister Pier Carlo Padoan said on Thursday that possible fallout from Greece's political showdown would not trigger a euro zone debt crisis like the one that pushed Italy close to default three years ago.

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Coeure says ECB weighing how best to act, France wants policy shift 17 Dec 2014

FRANKFURT/PARIS - European Central Bank policymakers are discussing how best to act to revive the euro zone economy rather than whether to do so, ECB board member Benoit Coeure said, as France pressed for a "more suitable" monetary policy for the common currency area.

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France will seek a 'more suitable' ECB monetary policy 17 Dec 2014

PARIS - French President Francois Hollande will call for a "more suitable" euro zone monetary policy at a summit of EU leaders this week, Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron told lawmakers on Wednesday.

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Cheaper fuel keeps Euro zone inflation low in November 17 Dec 2014

BRUSSELS - Falling prices of fuel and heating oil as well as telecommunications kept euro zone inflation low in November, the European Union's statistics office said on Wednesday, confirming its earlier flash estimate.

Investors see Greek upheaval ring-fenced from rest of euro zone 16 Dec 2014

LONDON - Greece's future in the euro zone may hang in the balance once more, but investors believe the market fallout from any current political turbulence can be insulated, unlike during the region's sovereign debt crisis of 2012.

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Bundesbank sceptical of quantitative easing even if inflation falls below zero 16 Dec 2014

FRANKFURT - Weaker oil prices could lead prices to contract over the next months in the euro zone's largest economy, but that would not justify broad-based

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Euro zone trade surplus rises more than expected in October 16 Dec 2014

BRUSSELS - The euro zone's unadjusted trade surplus rose more than expected in October, data showed on Tuesday, thanks to a strong rise in exports and flat imports.

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Plunging oil prices could boost geopolitical tensions - BoE report 16 Dec 2014

LONDON - Plunging oil prices could heighten geopolitical tensions, trigger defaults by U.S. shale oil and gas firms and destabilise euro zone inflation expectations, the Bank of England warned on Tuesday.

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Siemens won't float healthcare unit in 2015 - Wirtschafts Woche

FRANKFURT - Siemens has no plans to float its healthcare business next year following the legal separation of the unit in countries including Germany, Chief Executive Joe Kaeser told the weekly publication Wirtschafts Woche.

Air France-KLM deferral of Boeing 777 raises concern

SEATTLE - Boeing Co faced a potentially larger gap in production of its 777 jetliner after Air France-KLM said on Thursday that it plans to defer delivery of 10 Boeing 777s following its third profit warning in six months.

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Italy's Renzi wins confidence vote to pass budget in Senate

ROME - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi won a confidence vote to get his tax-cutting 2015 budget through the Senate on Saturday and it is expected to be definitively approved by the lower house of parliament next week.

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