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Dutch to vote amid austerity angst

BRUSSELS — The euro crisis has dominated campaigning for Wednesday’s parliamentary elections in the Netherlands, where the main race will be between the pro-market People's Party for Freedom and Democracy and the Socialist Party, whose anti-austerity platform has generated a surge of support.

The European Central Bank announces a plan to ease the euro crisis

BRUSSELS — The European Central Bank on Thursday agreed on a plan to buy an unlimited amount of short-term bonds from countries struggling to raise money on the markets. The long-awaited news could prove vital for holding the euro zone together, but although it buys crucial breathing space, the plan offers no overnight solution to the debt crisis.

Bankers bash each other in battle for the euro

BRUSSELS — Draghi vs. Weidmann doesn't have the same ring as Ali vs. Frazier or King Kong vs. Godzilla, but when it comes to the fate of the euro, it’s a battle between the two biggest beasts of European banking.

Report: Obama is pressuring EU to prevent a Greek exit until after the US elections

The British daily newspaper The Independent is reporting this morning that the Obama administration is trying to persuade European leaders to hold off on implementing any sort of Greek exit from the euro until after the November 6 presidential elections in the United States.

Report: Germany may ask Greece to exit the euro zone 'temporarily'

Market News International is reporting that the German Finance Ministry may ask Greece to exit the euro zone "temporarily" while it straightens out its finances.

Merkel reassures Greece as the euro zone heads into recession

BERLIN — Antonis Samaras has asked Germany to give his country more time to meet its obligations under an international bailout. Speaking to reporters after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, he said Greece needed "breathing space."

What the prime minister of Greece means when he says a euro zone exit would be 'catastrophic'

Today in Athens, Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras said that a Greek exit from the euro zone would be "catastrophic."

Why Germany may finally be ready to do what it takes to save the euro

Markets have calmed down in a big way in the euro zone and around the world since European Central Bank head Mario Draghi said in July that the ECB was committed to do "whatever it takes" to save the euro.

Grexit looms as euro crisis returns

ROME — The euro zone crisis is storming back, with (yet another) series of critical meetings. This time the drama is high: Greece's ejection from the euro, once taboo, is now openly discussed among leaders.

For sale by owner: chateaus, palazzos, and barracks

ROME — Since the 2008 financial crisis, European real estate markets have been on a roller-coaster ride. Amid the chaos, canny buyers can pick up timeless heritage — the kind of property that once demanded royal status — on the cheap.  Here are some of the best opportunities.
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