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ECB to hold course as threats to growth linger

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank will hint Wednesday at moves to support the eurozone economy but stop short of new action, analysts expect, as the Frankfurt institution eyes lingering political risks.

Latvia central banker gets green light to travel abroad

Riga - Latvian prosecutors on Tuesday said they had temporarily lifted a travel ban on the eurozone country's central bank chief who is facing bribery charges, allowing him to attend a board meeting of the European Central Bank.

End of an era as ECB set to withdraw crisis-fighting stimulus

Frankfurt Am Main - A chapter of eurozone history will come to a close Thursday, with the European Central Bank widely expected to withdraw a key element of support for the economy while reassuring observers fearful of the growing risks.

No extra ECB help for Greece after bailout ends: Draghi

Frankfurt Am Main - European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi on Thursday said Greece was "not eligible" to benefit from the bank's massive monthly bond purchases after the debt-laden country exits its bailout programme in August.

'Exciting' ECB meet could bring end to bond-buying

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank may announce Thursday a timetable for withdrawing its massive support for the eurozone economy, analysts say, although looming threats to the bloc could stay its hand for a few more weeks.

ECB keeps massive stimulus in place as trade headwinds rise

Frankfurt Am Main - European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi warned Thursday of storm clouds on the horizon for the eurozone as fears mount of a global trade war, prompting the bank to keep its massive stimulus scheme in place.

ECB looks to top court for ruling on Latvia bank chief

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank said Friday it had asked the EU's top court to rule on Latvian authorities' treatment of the country's central bank chief -- a member of its governing council -- over graft allegations.

Bank of France urges end to euro reform 'trench warfare'

Frankfurt Am Main - Eurozone leaders must end "trench warfare" between creditor and debtor countries and tackle tricky reforms, the governor of the Bank of France said Wednesday, offering ways to shake up long-paralysed debates.

ECB chief hits elusive inflation target in own pay packet

Frankfurt Am Main - As European Central Bank President Mario Draghi battles to bring inflation towards 2.0 percent, the institution's annual report showed Thursday his target was met in at least one place last year -- his pay packet.

Eurozone backs Spain's De Guindos for ECB top job

Brussels - Eurozone finance ministers backed their Spanish peer Luis De Guindos for the vice-presidency of the European Central Bank on Monday after his only rival pulled out.

Smooth-talking Draghi hopes to fend off currency war

Frankfurt Am Main - A euro at three-year highs against the dollar will have financial markets hanging on European Central Bank president Mario Draghi's every word on Thursday, putting pressure on him to play down talk of reducing stimulus to the eurozone economy.

In ECB's 2020 vision, inflation goal elusive

Frankfurt Am Main - The European Central Bank upgraded its growth and inflation forecasts for the coming years Thursday but stood by its massive support to the economy, with President Mario Draghi saying it won't reach its cherished price growth target by 2020.

ECB to play up eurozone strength at steady-as-she-goes meeting

Berlin - The European Central Bank will highlight economic strength in the eurozone in new forecasts Thursday, analysts expect, while avoiding spooking markets with talk of further cuts to its massive support for the economy.

Draghi to calm waters ahead of easy-money exit

Frankfurt Am Main - European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi will carefully prepare markets for a long-awaited end to the institution's easy-money policy Thursday, analysts expect, but stop short of calling time immediately.

ECB chief Draghi hints interest rates could be cut still further

Frankfurt - European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi hinted Thursday that eurozone interest rates, already at new all-time lows, would fall even lower in the future if area-wide inflation does not pick up soon.

ECB set to boost stimulus measures

Frankfurt - The European Central Bank is widely expected to step up efforts to kick start chronically low inflation in the euro area at a meeting Thursday, but analysts warn the measures could fall short of market expectations.

Greek banks must find up to 14.4 bn euros after ECB stress test

Frankfurt - Four major Greek banks must find up to 14.4 billion euros ($15.8 billion) to survive potential economic shocks, the European Central Bank said, releasing the results of an in-depth financial health check.

Op-Ed: Latest company earnings reports, median stock figures and more

The median stock in the US has been flat for 2015. That is actually a big improvement from about one month ago when the median stock was down 8%, so we’ve seen a nice rally, but at the current pace we are on track for the worst performance since 2008.

ECB to keep gunpowder dry in Malta, despite deflation fears

Valletta - The European Central Bank looks set to keep its key rates steady and refrain from any additional stimulus measures at a meeting in Malta on Thursday, despite concern about chronically weak inflation, analysts said.

All eyes on ECB after Greek 'No' vote

Frankfurt - All eyes were on the European Central Bank on Monday following the resounding 'No' in the Greek referendum, with the ECB seen as the only institution capable of calming market panic and preventing the Greek economy from collapsing.

ECB 'cannot cut off lifeline' to Greece: French PM

France - France's prime minister on Sunday warned the European Central Bank against cutting off Greece's "lifeline", as the Frankfurt-based institution gathers for emergency talks on the Greek crisis."The European Central Bank is independent but ...

'Plan B' looms after Greece and Europe fall out

Brussels - With Greece's creditors refusing to extend its bailout, attention has turned swiftly to preventing massive capital flight as worried Greek citizens pull cash from ATMs.

ECB again boosts emergency liquidity for Greek banks: bank source

Atenas - The European Central Bank (ECB) again increased emergency liquidity funds for Greece's banks Tuesday, according to a Greek bank source.

Greek banks 'stable', government insists

Atenas - The Greek banking system is stable, the government said Friday ahead of an emergency European Central Bank session prompted by a rush of deposit withdrawals.

ECB to hold emergency meeting on Greek bank funding: sources

Frankfurt - The European Central Bank's decision-making governing council will hold an emergency session Friday to discuss a request from the Bank of Greece for an increase in liquidity to Greek banks, sources familiar with the matter told AFP.

Op-Ed: Greek whiners still whining about overspending

Athen - Today's news regarding the Greek intransigence against facing reality is pretty much the same as yesterday's. And the day before, and the day before that.

Scores injured in anti-austerity riots against ECB's new HQ

Frankfurt - Violent clashes between anti-capitalist activists and German police left dozens injured and a trail of destruction in Germany's financial capital as the European Central Bank opened its new headquarters on Wednesday.

ECB opens new HQ under heavy police presence

Frankfurt - The European Central Bank officially inaugurates its new 1.3-billion euro headquarters in Frankfurt on Wednesday, under tight security with more than 10,000 anti-austerity demonstrators planning a protest rally.

ECB to launch long-awaited QE gambit

Berlin - In what may be its best and last chance to stimulate growth and ward off deflation across the eurozone, the European Central Bank on Monday will launch its long-awaited 1.1 trillion euro ($1.2 trillion) quantitative easing programme.

Greek PM hits out at ECB over cash squeeze

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has accused the European Central Bank of holding "a rope" around the country's neck as Athens scrambled Friday to avert a looming state default.
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Protesters block entry to the European Central Bank on Friday  May 31  2013.
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