Europe

Households are keeping the UK recovery on track

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Household spending and jobs growth are underpinning the UK's recovery, but a number of challenges remain.

The EU's maddening wrong turn

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The European Union was designed with equality at its core but the current two-tier system has some countries wondering how it all went so wrong.

Capital controls would be 'last resort' for Greece: Noyer

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ECB policy maker says Athens needs a clear path of reforms to restore competitiveness.

Greece promises speedy reforms

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PM vows to submit list of reforms within days to unlock much-needed financial aid.

EU offers Greece a $2.8bn lifeline

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Jean-Claude Juncker urges Greece to take EU development funds amid 'humanitarian crisis'.

Early Greek payments possible: Merkel

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Bailout funds may be paid early if full list of Greek reforms approved, German chancellor says.

OECD troubled by Greek domestic bribery focus

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Group says Athens has made progress in past three years, but foreign bribery cases must be higher priority.

Euro lifts on Greek reform pledge

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Investor confidence boosted by Athens' promise to table fresh reform package.

Greece pays next loan installment

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Govt officials confirm €340 million loan installment, say Athens has enough cash to last until mid-April.

Ukraine calls for EU to stand firm on Russia sanctions

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Kiev says any split among EU member states would be 'biggest success story' for Putin.

No Greek fix seen in coming days: Merkel

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German Chancellor pours cold water on hopes of imminent breakthrough.

UK budget unveils upbeat forecasts

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Budget forecasts show smaller deficit than expected, flag fiscal surplus in 2019.

Greece set to pass humanitarian aid bill

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PM says legislation to provide electricity, food not a unilateral step.

Draghi defends ECB policy, urges unity

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President says frustrations' focus on the central bank 'may not be fair'.

Frankfurt protests target ECB's HQ

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Scattered incidents see cars on fire as European Central Bank opens new headquarters.

Patience with Greece running out: German whip

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Berlin says Athens must deliver on economic reforms.

Putin laughs off 10-day absence

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Russian president emerges after days of frenzied rumours over his health and whereabouts.

EU ministers divided on extending Russian sanctions

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Several EU governments push to extend broad sanctions until the end of 2015.

Putin puts 40,000 troops on full alert

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Snap-readiness exercises continue similar drills over past year, come as President resurfaces in public view.

Greece misses budget revenue targets for Jan-Feb

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Finance ministry data shows shortfall of around 11 per cent, further complicating talks.

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