Greek jitters weigh on European shares

lunes 5 de enero de 2015 05:34 GYT

* Volatile open ahead of elections later this month

* Multi-year lows for euro and crude oil help consumer stocks

* Athens ATG index down 2 percent amid political uncertainty

* Luxottica and airline Ryanair hit all-time highs

By Lionel Laurent

LONDON, Jan 5 (Reuters) - Worries over Greece's future in the euro zone kept shares under pressure on Monday, even as fresh multi-year lows for the euro and crude oil gave a boost to travel and consumer-goods stocks.

The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 index was down 0.1 percent at 0909 GMT, with benchmark indexes in London and Frankfurt also in negative territory. The Paris CAC 40 stayed flat.

Political uncertainty in Greece was firmly in the spotlight ahead of elections later this month, as German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said the German government wanted Greece to stay in the euro zone.

The Athens ATG index fell 2 percent, with lenders Bank of Piraeus and Alpha Bank down 3.1 to 3.6 percent.   Continuación...