EU leaders forced Greece to drop last referendum but may not interfere now

BRUSSELS - A Greek prime minister torn between accepting harsh bailout terms and a rebellion by the left wing of his party decides to call a referendum to break the political deadlock.

Insight - Market watchdogs fight back against central banks

LONDON - An uneasy truce between market watchdogs and central banks, struck during the financial crisis, is showing signs of strain as they look for ways to tackle potentially extreme volatility in bond markets when interest rates start to rise.

Turkey seeks progress on more focussed, inclusive G20 growth plan

BODRUM, Turkey - The world's leading economies have narrowed down their commitments to boost global growth under a G20 plan and should be able to demonstrate progress by the end of Turkey's G20 presidency this year, a senior Turkish official said on Monday.

Business, Middle East 15 Jun 2015

Champagne ponders FIFA presidential bid, calls for voting system reform

ZURICH - Former FIFA official Jerome Champagne said he is considering whether to make another run for the presidency of soccer`s global governing body and called for whoever gets the job to heal the rift between Europe and the rest of the world.

Sport, 11 Jun 2015

EU gives banks, pension funds more breathing space over derivatives

LONDON/AMSTERDAM - The European Commission will give banks in the EU another six-month exemption until December from having to hold extra capital to cover transactions at clearing houses that don't meet the bloc's standards.

Business, 04 Jun 2015

Rights groups reject OECD approach on corporate tax avoidance

LONDON - An international campaign to stamp out corporate tax dodging will fail and G20 leading economies should instead adopt a global minimum tax rate for multinationals, a coalition of 10 charities and human rights bodies said.

Business, 02 Jun 2015

Japan finance minister Aso says yen slide 'rough,' will watch closely

DRESDEN, Germany - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Thursday fired a verbal warning shot against the yen's slide, saying that the decline in recent days had been "rough" and he would monitor foreign exchange markets carefully.

Business, Japan 28 May 2015

Insight - In new trend, European fund firms become banks in all but name

LONDON - Australian Symon Drake-Brockman is on the front line of a revolution in European finance.

Denmark wants its Basel exemption if it joins Europe's banking union

COPENHAGEN - Denmark want to keep a tacit exemption that allows its banks to count mortgage-backed bonds as highly liquid assets if it becomes the only country outside the euro zone to join the European Union's banking union.

Business, 22 May 2015

IDB puts Islamic finance on AIIB drawing board

SARAJEVO - The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) is in discussions with Chinese officials to study the use of Islamic financing in the planned Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the head of the Jeddah-based multilateral lender told Reuters.

Business, 14 May 2015



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