Greece has requested a two-year extension to implement austerity measures ahead of its next round of bailout talks.
Bovis Homes has doubled its dividend after revenues soared during a bumper first half.
The death toll at Lonmin's West Marikana platinum mine in South Africa rose to 34 after police opened fire during clashes with machete-wielding miners, who are currently on strike.
The week starts and ends quietly with an insurance-capped peak over Tuesday and Wednesday, giving way to a slew of economic data as interim results news trails off.
Standard Chartered shares took a hit on Tuesday as investors in Hong Kong were spooked, despite the bank denying allegations that it illegally 'schemed' with Iran to launder money.
The future of Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) was being hotly debated on Thursday as the Treasury sought to play down a report in the Financial Times that the bank could be fully nationalised.
Underlying profit at HSBC was dented by regulatory and mis-selling costs in the first six months of the year.
Lloyds Banking Group has posted a £493 million loss for the first half of the year after increasing its provision for mis-selling claims.
Germany is under pressure over its pivotal role in the eurozone after credit rating agency Moody's warns that the country could be downgraded.
Sarah Modlock assesses whether investors should buy shares in beleaguered security group G4S.