Balkan in­ter­fer­ence.

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the Euro­pean Cen­tral Bank re­quest­ing ap­proval to re­pur­chase the con­tin­gent con­vert­ible bonds (CoCos) amount­ing to about 2.03 bil­lion eu­ros is­sued in De­cem­ber 2015 and held by the Hel­lenic Fi­nan­cial Sta­bil­ity Fund (HFSF). The re­quest is in line with NBG’s Cap­i­tal Plan, as ap­proved by the SSM in Novem­ber 2015, and the com­mit­ments stem­ming from NBG’s up­dated re­struc­tur­ing plan, as ap­proved by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in De­cem­ber 2015.

Al­ba­nia’s Prime Min­is­ter Edi Rama yes­ter­day crit­i­cized for­eign coun­tries for in­ter­fer­ing in the pol­i­tics of the West Balkan states at a time of wide­spread con­cern about Rus­sia’s in­flu­ence. Rama did not men­tion Rus­sia by name but diplo­mats from the re­gion have com­plained for some time that Rus­sia is try­ing to boost its in­flu­ence in coun­tries such as Mon­tene­gro, Ser­bia, the For­mer Yu­goslav Repub­lic of Mace­do­nia and now also Al­ba­nia. “In our re­gion peo­ple from abroad who will... ex­ploit any un­cer­tainty to ruin our re­la­tions with the EU are ac­tive,” he said at a news con­fer­ence in Ber­lin be­fore meet­ing Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel.

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