Athens angst hits southern European stock markets

lunes 29 de diciembre de 2014 14:15 GYT

* Greek lawmakers fail to elect new president

* Athens' ATG equity index closes down 3.9 pct

* Southern European markets fall, but northern ones rise

* UK's FTSE rises 0.4 pct, DAX and CAC also advance

* FTSEurofirst 300 closes up 0.2 pct

By Sudip Kar-Gupta

LONDON, Dec 29 (Reuters) - Greek shares slid on Monday, hitting other southern European markets, after lawmakers rejected the government's candidate for president and set in train a snap election that could derail the nation's bailout programme.

Fears the euro zone's sovereign debt crisis could flare up again caused some investors to switch out of southern European "peripheral" equity markets in favour of "core" northern Europe. The French and German stock markets rose on Monday.

The sole candidate for the Greek presidency, Stavros Dimas, a former European Commissioner, fell short of the 180 vote super majority needed to become president, and Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras announced a snap parliamentary election on Jan. 25.   Continuación...