Europe shares rally in biggest rise for 3 years; Greece reverses early fall
* FTSEurofirst 300 up 2.8 pct
* Greek stocks rally on politician's comments
* Oil stocks rebound, led by shorted stocks
* Banks rally on Fed's patient approach (Recasts, adds quotes)
By Alistair Smout
LONDON, Dec 18 (Reuters) - European stocks surged on Thursday, with the market supported by a rise in Greek shares after the leader of the main opposition party said he was committed to keeping Greece in the euro should his leftist party take power next year.
A rebound in oil, a dovish statement from the Federal Reserve and relative calm in Russian markets helped spur European shares towards their strongest daily gain in three years.
The FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was up 2.8 percent at 1,353.52 points, its biggest rise since November 2011, extending gains after Greek stocks reversed an early fall.
The Athens Composite Index erased earlier losses to trade 1.5 percent higher after the leader of Greece's radical leftist party Syriza, Alexis Tsipras, told Reuters he wanted a negotiated debt relief solution with the European Union and to keep the country in the euro currency bloc. Continuación...