Greece

Greek prosecutor closes bribery investigation before vote

ATHENS - A Greek prosecutor has closed an investigation into allegations that a lawmaker was offered a bribe to back the government in a tight vote in parliament that could trigger a snap general election, a court official said on Monday.

Greek parliament vote in balance after Samaras election offer

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras' surprise offer to lawmakers to go to the polls late next year in exchange for a vote for his presidential nominee has injected fresh momentum into his fight against the anti-austerity left.

World, 6:01am EST

Greek PM offers 2015 election once bailout talks complete

ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras offered on Sunday to bring pro-European independents into the government and hold new elections in late 2015 if lawmakers back him to elect a new president.

World, 21 Dec 2014

Greek polls show anti-bailout leftists still ahead but lead slips

ATHENS - Greece's radical leftist Syriza party would beat the ruling conservatives if an election were held now but its lead has shrunk from last month, two opinion polls showed on Saturday.

World, 20 Dec 2014

Equities extend rally; oil rebounds, helping rouble rise

NEW YORK - Equity markets worldwide extended the week's rally on Friday and oil prices rebounded from recent lows, as investors closed out the last full week of trading in 2014 on an upbeat note.

Portugal 19 Dec 2014

Exclusive: ECB considers making weaker euro zone states bear more quantitative easing risk - sources

FRANKFURT - European Central Bank officials are considering ways to ensure weak countries that stand to gain most from a fresh round of money printing bear more of the risk and cost.

Portugal, 19 Dec 2014

Tsipras vows to break Greece's 'bad spell'

ATHENS - Greece's radical leftist Syriza party will cancel austerity and ask Europe to erase a big chunk of Greek debt to free the country from the dark spell it has fallen under, leader Alexis Tsipras told Reuters on Thursday. | Video

World, 18 Dec 2014

Greek PM Samaras falls short in first round presidential vote

ATHENS - Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Wednesday, leaving Prime Minister Antonis Samaras still looking for as many as 20 votes from independents and small parties to avoid snap national elections early next year. | Video

World, 18 Dec 2014

German finmin says Greece in better shape than expected

BERLIN - Greece is in better shape then most would have expected a few years ago and Athens' reforms are starting to bear fruit, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told the German parliament, which voted on Thursday to extend Greece's bail-out program.

World, 18 Dec 2014

Greek PM Samaras falls short in first round presidential vote

ATHENS - Greek lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Wednesday, leaving Prime Minister Antonis Samaras still looking for as many as 20 votes from independents and small parties to avoid snap national elections early next year.

World, 17 Dec 2014