BC-EU--Europe News Digest, EU
TOP STORIES IN EUROPE AT 1230 GMT:
ATHENS, Greece — Greece’s Syriza party gains the key backing needed to form a government, creating a surprise alliance with a small right-wing party that signals possible confrontation over the country’s bailout. By Derek Gatopoulos. SENT: 600 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developments throughout the day.
MOSCOW — Russian officials strike a defiant note after Western leaders threaten to further punish Moscow for escalated fighting in eastern Ukraine over the weekend, with the foreign minister saying a shelling tragedy is being used to “whip up anti-Russian hysteria” in the West. By Laura Mills. SENT: 500 words, photos.
OSWIECIM, Poland — A day before the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation, the voice of survivors praying for their murdered loved ones rise from the barracks and barbed wire of the former Nazi death camp, with one survivor crying out in a pained voice: “I don’t want to come here anymore!” By Vanessa Gera. SENT: 300 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by 1400 GMT.
WITH: — POLAND-AUSCHWITZ ANNIVERSARY — Dwindling group of survivors to mark Auschwitz 70 years on.
LONDON — Male domination in the leadership of the Church of England is coming to an end, as the 500-year-old institution consecrates its first female bishop. The Rev. Libby Lane becomes the eighth Bishop of Stockport in a service at York Minster. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1400 GMT.
MADRID — Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes have found a casket bearing the initials “M.C.” with bones inside it in a crypt underneath a cloistered convent in Madrid. By Jorge Sainz. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1500 GMT, photos.
BUSINESS & FINANCE:
BRUSSELS — After strident warnings the electoral triumph in Greece of a radical anti-bailout party would spell doom for the eurozone, the first reactions from European capitals indicate compromise is more likely than chaos. By Raf Casert and Pan Pylas. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 1300 GMT.
FRANKFURT, Germany — German business optimism rose for the third straight month in January, giving a positive signal from Europe’s biggest economy as executives foresee export gains from the weaker euro. By David McHugh. SENT: 230 words.
DUBLIN — Aer Lingus announces that British Airways parent IAG has made an improved takeover offer of 2.55 euros ($2.85) per share, and the board of the Irish airline says it is considering the proposal. SENT: 430 words, photo.