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ECB hardliner Weidmann comes in from the cold as deflation threatens

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FRANKFURT - As recently as last November, Jens Weidmann steadfastly opposed any move by the European Central Bank to print money to buy assets and buoy the euro zone economy. No longer.

ECB hardliner Weidmann comes in from the cold as deflation threatens

FRANKFURT - As recently as last November, Jens Weidmann steadfastly opposed any move by the European Central Bank to print money to buy assets and buoy the euro zone economy. No longer.

17 Apr 2014

Euro zone inflation sticks in 'danger zone', keeps ECB under pressure

BRUSSELS - A drop in March euro zone inflation to its lowest level since November 2009 was confirmed on Wednesday, keeping pressure on the European Central Bank to intervene if prices do not rebound.

16 Apr 2014

Europe's banks prepare for ECB tests with new provisions

LONDON - The tens of billions of euros euro zone banks set aside for loan losses in their latest annual accounts may have substantially reduced the chance of institutions failing ECB stress tests in the next few months.

15 Apr 2014

Factbox: Loan loss provisions of big euro zone banks in 2013

LONDON - The euro zone's 20 largest quoted banks took a combined 71.5 billion euros of loan loss provisions in 2013.

15 Apr 2014

Euro zone's February output suggests gradual recovery strengthening

BRUSSELS - Output at the euro zone's factories rose broadly in line with expectations in February, driven by production of intermediate and non-durable goods, suggesting the bloc's recovery is gradually strengthening, EU data showed on Monday.

14 Apr 2014

Greece to end its bond market exile on Thursday

LONDON/ATHENS, April 9 (IFR/Reuters) - Greece, at risk of crashing out of the euro zone just two years ago, will issue its first sovereign bond in almost four years on Thursday, seeking to send a strong political and economic signal it is on the way out of its debt crisis.

09 Apr 2014

New French PM Valls wins parliament vote of confidence

PARIS - The government of new French Prime Minister Manuel Valls won a vote of confidence in parliament on Tuesday, hours after Valls set out a package of tax and spending cuts aimed at restoring growth to the euro zone's second largest economy.

08 Apr 2014

ECB to use all methods needed to fight prolonged low inflation: Draghi

FRANKFURT - The European Central Bank will use whatever unconventional measures it has available to ensure low inflation does not take hold for too long in the euro zone, ECB President Mario Draghi said on Thursday.

03 Apr 2014

Price cuts aid first-quarter growth for euro zone businesses

LONDON - Euro zone businesses started 2014 with their best quarter in three years, but buoyant growth came at a cost as they slashed prices to drum up trade, which could further stoke deflation fears.

03 Apr 2014

Germany's RWE begins natural gas deliveries to Ukraine

FRANKFURT - Germany's RWE began deliveries of natural gas to Ukraine on Tuesday as a diplomatic crisis between Kiev and Moscow raises the risk of Russia cutting off gas supplies to Ukraine.

Joyful homecoming for four French journalists after Syria captivity

VILLACOUBLAY AIRBASE, France - Four French journalists held captive in Syria for more than 10 months returned home to France on Sunday, freshly shaved and beaming, where they were met at an airbase by President Francois Hollande, their families and friends.

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U.N. peace envoy criticizes Israeli Easter security in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM - Israeli police refused to let the U.N.'s peace envoy to the Middle East, other diplomats and a crowd of Palestinians pass through a barricade to attend a pre-Easter ritual in the Jerusalem church that Christians revere as the burial site of Jesus, the U.N. official said on Saturday.

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