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Latest news on economic and monetary affairs in the European Union.

EU warns Greek reform list 'not there yet' 30 March 2015, 17:57 CET
The EU warned Monday that Greece and its creditors had yet to hammer out a new list of reforms despite talks lasting all weekend aimed at staving off bankruptcy and a euro exit.

EU warns Greece reform push 'not there yet' 30 March 2015, 14:42 CET
The EU warned Monday that Greece and its creditors had yet to hammer out a new list of reforms despite talks lasting all weekend aimed at staving off bankruptcy and a euro exit.

Markets look to sentiment reports for Euro gains - Euro Currency update 30 March 2015, 10:57 CET
The common currency put on a patchy performance last week as the Greek bailout negotiations made little progress and the German Finance Minister voiced concerns regarding the adverse impacts of quantitative easing and negative interest rates.

Fitch cuts Greece's rating amid default worries 27 March 2015, 23:27 CET
Ratings firm Fitch cut Greece's credit rating Friday amid worries that the eurozone country is running perilously close to defaulting on its sovereign debt.

Greek reforms will put economy on track: Athens 27 March 2015, 18:48 CET
Greece said Friday the reform proposals it will soon present to its creditors will put the country's economy on track without the pain of austerity.

Time to create EU single digital market: Commissioner 27 March 2015, 14:12 CET
The European Union must act fast to create a single digital market or risk losing out to the United States and China in the global arena, the EU's Internal Market Commissioner said on Friday.

Bundesbank opposes more emergency funding for Greece: report 27 March 2015, 13:59 CET
Bundesbank chief Jens Weidmann says he is opposed to giving Greece more emergency loans, charging the new government in Athens with frittering away a lot of trust.

EU to probe cross-border e-commerce barriers 27 March 2015, 13:58 CET
Brussels announced a probe Thursday into efforts by the retail industry to stop shoppers using websites outside their own countries, in the latest step towards a single digital market across the EU.

EU deal on reforms, loans next week: Greek minister 26 March 2015, 20:39 CET
Greece's economy minister on Thursday said the country would next week reach a long-awaited accord with its creditors providing funds vital to avert a state default.

EU unveils ambitious overhaul of digital economy 26 March 2015, 18:17 CET
The EU has unveiled an ambitious plan to overhaul Europe's fragmented digital landscape that would allow Europeans travelling in other Member States to get their Netflix film fix or watch BBC iPlayer even when abroad.

Weaker euro boosts Easyjet earnings 26 March 2015, 09:17 CET
Easyjet could record a profit during its first half after the pound strengthened against the euro in recent months, the British budget airline said on Thursday.

Greek central bank head says Grexit not an option 25 March 2015, 21:22 CET
The governor of the Greek central bank ruled out the country's exit from the eurozone on Wednesday, and said that Athens was close to reaching a deal on its bailout.

Juncker more hopeful on talks with 'beloved' Greece 25 March 2015, 19:43 CET
EU Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said Wednesday that talks on Greece's bailout were back on track after weeks of tensions that have raised fears of a near-broke Athens plummeting out of the eurozone.

Greece fails to convince Europe on EUR 1.2 bn payment 25 March 2015, 17:06 CET
Greece does not have the right to 1.2 billion euros it believed it mistakenly returned to the eurozone's bailout fund, a spokesman for the fund said Wednesday after talks with Greek officials.

EU slaps anti-dumping duties on China, Taiwan steel 25 March 2015, 17:00 CET
The EU announced Wednesday it will impose anti-dumping duties for six months on some steel imports from China and Taiwan as a new trade row erupted between Brussels and Beijing.

EU pledges EUR 160m in aid to Guinea-Bissau 25 March 2015, 16:17 CET
The EU on Wednesday pledged 160 million euros in aid for Guinea-Bissau to bolster democracy and speed up economic recovery in the west African country.

ECB tells Greek banks not to buy any more Greek government debt 25 March 2015, 13:02 CET
The European Central Bank has written to Greek banks urging them not to increase their exposure to Greek sovereign debt to avoid endangering the solidity of their finances, a source told AFP on Wednesday.

China denies seeking veto power in new bank 25 March 2015, 11:47 CET
China has not sought veto power over a new multilateral bank, a top finance ministry official said Wednesday, after a report Beijing enticed major European countries to join by offering to give up control over decisions.

After charm offensive, EU pressure on Greece for reform results 25 March 2015, 11:42 CET
A charm offensive by Greece's prime minister this week calmed bruised relations with Germany, but pressure remains on Athens to deliver on promised reforms.

Eurozone business activity highest for four years 25 March 2015, 11:38 CET
Eurozone business activity hit a near four-year high in March as the 19-country currency area's modest economic activity continued despite concerns over the Greek debt crisis, a key survey said Tuesday.

Cheap eurozone takeaway fuels Chinese appetites 25 March 2015, 11:36 CET
The inexorable decline of the single currency offers ambitious Chinese firms a bargain buffet of eurozone business, analysts say, with this weekend's multibillion deal for Italian tyremaker Pirelli only the latest course in an acquisition binge.

German foreign minister hails 'improved tone' in Greek ties 24 March 2015, 22:01 CET
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed an improved tone in discussions with debt-mired Greece, after meeting visiting Greek premier Alexis Tsipras Tuesday.

Eurogroup's Dijsselbloem says Greece talks 'flowing again' 24 March 2015, 21:58 CET
Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Tuesday that talks with debt-strapped Greece were "flowing once again", but warned many details on a concrete solution still need to be fleshed out.

Greece wants EUR 1.2 billion back from EU bailout fund: source 24 March 2015, 21:58 CET
Cash-strapped Greece wants the European Union's rescue fund to return 1.2 billion euros ($1.3 billion) unduly handed over by Athens, a source with knowledge of the issue said Tuesday.

EU-Greek deal possible this week: EU Parliament chief 24 March 2015, 12:15 CET
Greece and the European Union could reach a deal as early as this week to allow the release of badly needed aid funds for Athens, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said on Tuesday.