News round-up: Tuesday's top stories

Finance ministers plan conference call; Bailout update; Moody's cuts EU debt ratings; EU welcomes China investment support; Markets sluggish; Central bank critical of financial ads; Dáil romance.

14th February, 2012
News round-up: Tuesday's top stories
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* State-guaranteed lenders sold and ran down €40 billion of loans last year, beating a €34.7 billion target, according to documents published by the Government today. The documents were part of an update on the progress of Ireland’s EU/IMF bailout and more details are here.

* Athens Watch: the latest on Greek debt, including a planned conference call between European finance ministers.

* European shares declined after Moody’s downgraded six euro zone countries, including...

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