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Barroso presses Merkel on Greek aid, Athens warns

BERLIN/ATHENS (Reuters) - The head of the European Commission challenged German Chancellor Angela Merkel to rise above domestic politics and agree on a financial safety net for debt-stricken Greece to help preserve European monetary union.

Greeks see EU safety net as mixed blessing

ATHENS (Reuters) - The safety net thrown to Greece gives it crucial breathing space to persuade sceptical markets of its commitment to fiscal reform, but it will continue to carry the cost of reviving its crippled economy alone, analysts say.

Greeks see no quick fix from EU safety net

ATHENS (Reuters) - The safety net thrown to Greece is no panacea and prospects of an IMF bailout still loom, local experts believe, but Greeks hope the promise of EU support will afford them breathing space to revive their crippled economy.

Greeks see EU safety net as mixed blessing

ATHENS (Reuters) - The safety net thrown to Greece gives it crucial breathing space to persuade sceptical markets of its commitment to fiscal reform, but it will continue to carry the cost of reviving its crippled economy alone, analysts say.

Germany's Merkel feted at home for "win" on Greece

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel won widespread praise in Germany on Friday for playing hardball with her euro zone allies and securing tough terms for the financial safety net they agreed to create for Greece.

Europe agrees on Greek safety net with IMF role

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Euro zone leaders agreed on Thursday to create a joint financial safety net with the IMF to help debt-ridden Greece and to try to restore confidence in their common currency after weeks of wrangling.

Polish president hailed as statesman, friend

BERLIN (Reuters) - World leaders expressed shock and sorrow on Saturday over Polish President Lech Kaczynski's death in a plane that crashed on approach to a Russian airport.

Greece starts talks on potential aid with EU, IMF

ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece started talks with EU and International Monetary Fund officials on Wednesday to hammer out details of an economic plan that could offer the euro zone member 40-45 billion euros to exit a debt crisis.

Greece presses 'help' button, markets still wary

ATHENS (Reuters) - Debt-stricken Greece appealed to its European partners and the IMF for emergency loans on Friday, yielding to overwhelming market pressure to set in motion the first financial rescue of a member of the euro zone.

Greek aid decision seen soon, package may grow

BERLIN (Reuters) - The international bailout of Greece is likely to total up to 120 billion euros, a German lawmaker said on Wednesday after International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn held talks in Berlin.