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Greece to get 6.3 bn euro loan slice in April

Greece will receive 6.3 billion euros ($8.7 billion) from its pending EU bailout fund at the end of April, Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Tuesday. "A first tranche of 6.3 billion euros at the end of April will allow Greece to meet its debt servicing needs in May," Dijsselbloem said during a Eurogroup meeting in Athens. bur/jph/hd

Netherlands freezes hundreds of millions in Ukrainian assets: report

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Netherlands has frozen hundreds of millions of euros (dollars) in Ukrainian assets, Dutch media reported Thursday night, citing the finance minister. Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told the ANP news agency the assets were suspect. The Dutch media reports did not provide any details. A Finance Ministry official could not immediately be reached for comment. (Reporting By Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Chris Reese)

Eurogroup chief cancels IMF trip for Dutch budget talks

Dutch Finance Minister and Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem said Thursday that he has cancelled a trip to the annual IMF meeting in Washington to attend crucial budget talks at home. "I will not be going to Washington... this (budget talks) has more priority," Dijsselbloem told national Dutch broadcaster NOS. jhe/yad

Dutch shoot down EU budget rise proposal

The Netherlands on Tuesday rejected a European Union request for an extra 11.2 billion euros from member states, with Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem saying the money should be found elsewhere. "I cannot agree with the supplementary budget," Dijsselbloem said in a letter to the Dutch parliament, referring to the European Commission's request last week for more money in its 2013 budget to cover bills left unpaid from last year. Britain has already said the request was "unacceptable" at a time when states are struggling to reduce their deficits.

Dutch state nationalises troubled bank SNS Reaal: minister

The Dutch state on Friday nationalised troubled banking and insurance group SNS Reaal, at a cost of 3.7 billion euros, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said. "Today, SNS Reaal has been fully taken over by the Dutch state. I have nationalised SNS Reaal," Dijsselbloem told a press conference, after a deadline expired to find a solution for the bank. "With the Dutch Central Bank's deadline passing last night and without finding a solution there was an immediate and dangerous situation for financial stability," Dijsselbloem said.

URGENT ¥¥¥ Dutch state nationalises troubled bank SNS Reaal: minister

The Dutch state on Friday nationalised troubled banking and insurance group SNS Reaal, at a cost of 3.7 billion euros, Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem said. "Today, SNS Reaal has been fully taken over by the Dutch state. I have nationalised SNS Reaal," Dijsselbloem told a press conference. cjo-jhe/yad
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