Europe

Greece

Greece reshuffles EU/IMF negotiating team after Riga debacle

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Monday reshuffled his team handling talks with European and IMF lenders, a move widely seen as an effort to sideline embattled Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis to a less active role in negotiations.

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Gas station

Deflation? Oil's 45 percent rebound could be markets' next headache

Whisper it, but the next challenge for financial markets and policymakers may not be deflation, but the remarkable surge in oil prices from the six-year low touched in January.

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BP PLC

BP must remain British, says Whitehall: Kemp

“Downing Street has discreetly let it be known in the City that it would oppose any takeover of BP,” the Financial Times reported on Sunday.

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iGate

Cap Gemini to buy U.S.-based IGATE for $4 billion, raises 2015 outlook

Cap Gemini plans to buy United States-based IGATE Corp for $4 billion cash to make North America its biggest market and is raising its sales outlook for 2015 after a solid first-quarter, the French IT services company said on Monday.

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Foreign exchange trading company

World shares hit new high but Europe rally fades on Greece

World shares hit a new high on Monday, led by China, though the global rally faded in Europe as investors looked ahead to central bank meetings in the United States and worried over Greece.

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Currencies

All eyes on Fed as dollar halt reaches seven weeks

The dollar steadied in the lower half of an increasingly intransigent range on Monday, after sliding late last week following another round of disappointing U.S. economic data.

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European Central Bank

ECB's Liikanen warns of asset price bubbles due to low interest rates

A flood of cheap money risks creating bubbles in financial markets if interest rates remain low for a long period, European Central Bank Governing Council member Erkki Liikanen was quoted as saying on Sunday.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

German Chancellor, Greek PM agree to stay in touch to reach debt deal

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone conversation on Sunday to maintain contact during talks between Athens and its lenders to reach a debt deal, a Greek government official said.

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Bank of Japan

More central banks meet, but ability to pilot economies in doubt

Most central banks have been easing policy since the start of the year and are set to do more, but it still isn't clear whether that new activism, which has pushed stock markets to record highs, will help the global economy much.

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Greek and EU flags

If Greece falls, no one wants their prints on the murder weapon

"We're going bust." "No, you're not." "You're strangling us." "No we're not." "You owe us for World War Two." "We gave already."

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Banca Popolare di Milano (Pop Milano)

Pop Milano sits pretty as Italy cooperative banks brace for M&A

At least five investment banks are vying to win a mandate from Banca Popolare di Milano (BPM) (PMII.MI) and find it a partner as Italian cooperative lenders gear up for a wave of mergers following a landmark reform of the sector.

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Nokia

Nokia denies return to phone manufacturing

Finland's Nokia denied reports in Chinese media that it planned to return to manufacturing phones. "Nokia notes recent news reports claiming the company communicated an intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of a R&D facility in China. These reports are false," Nokia said in a statement posted on its website.

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VolksWagen

Lower Saxony premier says VW Chairman's exit was 'unavoidable'

The premier of the German state of Lower Saxony, which owns 20 percent of Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE), said the resignation of VW Chairman Ferdinand Piech announced on Saturday was necessary to create clarity about the carmaker's leadership.

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Stephane Richard

Orange boss sees end to French telecom price war

The chief executive of France's telecom leader Orange said on Saturday he believed the price war in the national telecoms sector was coming to a close.

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Wolfgang Schaeuble

Germany hints at preparations of a Plan B on Greece

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble hinted on Saturday that Berlin was preparing for a possible Greek default, drawing a parallel with the secrecy of German reunification plans in 1989.

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