Tunisia has filed an objection to HSBC's agreement to pay 40 million Swiss francs ($43 million) to settle a money laundering investigation at its Swiss private bank, a lawyer representing the North African country said on Monday. After four months of inquiries Geneva authorities closed their investigation last month after HSBC agreed to pay the fine. Leaked files this year sparked allegations HSBC's private bank may have let clients conceal millions of dollars of assets and put Europe's largest lender in the spotlight of regulators including Geneva's public prosecutor.
Athens (AFP) - 13:38 GMT - Piketty slams Germany - Top economist and influential author Thomas Piketty strongly criticises Germany in its attitude to Greece in an interview with German newspaper Die Zeit. "What struck me while I was writing is that Germany is really the single best example of a country that, throughout its history, has never repaid its external debt. "Germany is the country that has never repaid its debts.