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Greece's leader resigns, calls for new elections next month

Athens - Leftist prime minister Alexis Tsipras resigned Thursday and called for new elections he hopes will bolster his support and ratify his decision to accept tougher austerity to keep Greece in the shared European currency.

Secret 'parallel' money plan clouds start of Greek bailout talks

Atenas - The Greek government and its international creditors began work on a mammoth new bailout Monday overshadowed by revelations that Greece's ex-finance minister Yanis Varoufakis had been secretly planning for a parallel system of liquidity.

Greek banks reopen with restrictions as prices soar

Athens - Banks in Greece were open at week's end for the first time in July but at a steep price — limits on cash withdrawals and higher prices on nearly everything people buy.

Last-ditch offer could save Greece from bankruptcy

Athens - Electioneering was never like this! Down to its last day before an emergency summit on his country's future in the European Union, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras made a new offer Sunday to keep international bailout loans coming.

Activists doubt Azerbaijan's opening up through sport

Bakou - Sport and politics do mix when the Azerbaijan hosts of the first European Games are accused by rights groups of putting on the "Games of Repression.

EU should prepare for Greece default, German official says

Berlin - European Union nations should prepare for Greece's expected default and departure from the common currency, a German official said Monday.

Criticism riles Azerbaijan ahead of European Games opening

Bakou - Pro-government activists protested on Thursday outside European embassies in Baku, as anger rose in Azerbaijan over international criticism of the country's rights record ahead of the opening of the inaugural European Games.

OSCE, Amnesty say banned by Azerbaijan ahead of European Games

Bakou - The OSCE said on Wednesday Azerbaijan ordered it to shut down its local office ahead of the European Games, while Amnesty International complained the ex-Soviet country barred it from visiting the capital.

Amnesty says it is banned by Azerbaijan

London - Amnesty International said on Wednesday the Azerbaijan government had barred it from visiting the capital Baku, where the group planned to protest human rights violations ahead of the European Games.

Spanish PM hits back at Greece's Tsipras in austerity row

Madrid - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Sunday called on his Greek counterpart to get "serious" about his country's debt-wracked economy, after Alexis Tsipras accused eurozone partners of undermining its negotiations with Brussels.

FTSE 100 sets record on Tuesday but fails to hold it on Wednesday

After approval of economic reform proposals submitted by Greece helped the FTSE 100 reach record-breaking levels yesterday, it has fallen back considerably throughout the course of today, with shares in some major companies dropping by nearly 10 percent.

Lithuania joins eurozone to seal ties with West

Vilnius - Lithuania switched over to the euro on Thursday, becoming the last Baltic nation to adopt Europe's single currency in a bid to boost stability despite fears of inflation and eurozone debt woes.

Albanian PM's visit to Serbia postponed after football brawl

Tirana - A planned historic visit by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama to Serbia has been postponed until next month, both governments said Sunday, after political tensions soared following violence at a football match between the two countries.

Serbia to decide on Albanian PM visit after football mayhem

Belgrade - Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said Friday he was undecided whether his Albanian counterpart should go ahead with a planned historic visit after violence halted a Serbia-Albania football match this week.

Serbia condemns Albanian flag drone stunt

Belgrade - Serbia's foreign minister said Wednesday an incident in which a pro-Albanian flag flown by a drone sparked violence on and off the pitch at a football match against Albania was a "political provocation".

Hodgson handed Swiss reunion in Euro draw

Nice - England manager Roy Hodgson was looking forward to coming up against his old side Switzerland after the draw for the Euro 2016 qualifiers paired the nations together on Sunday.The English, among the top seeds, were drawn in Group E along with the Swiss...

Spain to return to scene of Euro 2012 triumph

World champions Spain will start their campaign for a third successive European Championship in a group with Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, Macedonia and Luxembourg, meaning an emotional trip back to K...

Incoming Czech finance minister says euro 'no problem'

Prague - The Czech Republic's incoming finance minister says he is open to adopting the euro, a move which Prague has shunned up to now amid the eurozone debt crisis, local media reported Thursday.

European Central Bank interest rate reduction from .50% to .25%

The European Central Bank cuts interest rate from 0.50 percent to 0.25 percent. The historically low rate shows E.C.B.’s intentions to save the Euro but may have quickened the abolishment the Euro instead.

Op-Ed: Liberty Reserve shut down in money laundering investigation

On May 24, 2013, U.S authorities seized control of the domain and redirected it into a sink hole along with arresting the owner Arthur Budovsky Belanchuk in relation to money laundering charges.

Op-Ed: Spain has an economic plan, it looks vaguely familiar

Madrid - Spain is moving in a different direction now, although the Spanish economy is still faltering, they do have a plan. It looks nothing like the American plan for recovery.

New anti-euro party marks official launch in Germany

A political party calling for the dismantlement of the euro zone has been officially launched in Berlin. It's founding congress made clear it hopes to capitalize on disillusioned voters in the run up to the September elections in Germany.

Germany considers new property taxes for EU bailouts

Berlin - Germany is mulling new ways to raise finances to prop up the euro currency. Advisers to German Chancellor Angela Merkel are suggesting the weaker economies of southern Europe should levy property and asset taxes, to support future bailouts.

Access to medicines restricted in Greece

Athens - Access to new medicines for patients in Greece has been on hold since December 2010 and the arrears owing to pharmaceutical companies from the state-run health insurer total over 2 billion euros.

EU spends 10,000 million euros per year on mercury pollution

The European Union is spending in excess of €10,000 million per year cleaning up mercury pollution, according to a new study.

Is the US Dollar at risk?

Is it now a good time to start dumping the US dollar? Although it's the primary dollar security, it may be wise to reserve other currencies.

ECB Report: Euro counterfeiting on the decline, reasons unknown

Frankfurt - A biannual information report by the European Central Bank highlights that counterfeiting of the euro has fallen dramatically. Although most are counterfeited €20 and €50 denominations, the practice is down 15.2 percent from the same period a year ag

Video of all goals in thrilling Portugal-Denmark Euro 2012 match

Missed the Euro 2012 prelim match between Portugal and Denmark? Caught the action and want to relive the stunning goals? Thanks to YouTube, here are video clips showing each goal in Portugal's 3-2 win over Denmark.

Irish town returns to using the punt as currency

Clones - The town of Clones in Ireland, struggling with the Euro crisis, now uses the old Irish punt as currency in its shops. This is doing much to boost the economy of the town.

Op-Ed: Did Bilderberg plan the Euro?

A Ghanaian website claims to have in its possession evidence that the Euro was planned by the Bilderberg Group 40 years before its inception. Sadly, this is not news but history.
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