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  • Belgian Debt Yields up Amid Euro Zone Fears Monday, 29 Nov 2010 | 7:37 AM ET
    Aerial view of a town square Bruges Belgium

    The premium investors demand to hold Belgian government bonds rather than benchmark German debt rose to its widest level since early 2009 on Monday as the country issued 2 billion euros of 2014, 2020 and 2035-dated bonds.

  • Think BIIGS: There's One Euro Country Under the Radar Friday, 26 Nov 2010 | 10:57 AM ET
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    Belgium faces an important test Monday, when it aims to sell between 1.5 billion euros ($1.9 billion) and 2.5 billion euros worth of bonds in an auction that will indicate the level of investor confidence in the nation plagued by political turmoil and high levels of debt.

  • Euro Fears Abound but They're Not as Bad as in May Friday, 26 Nov 2010 | 10:00 AM ET
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    Fears of contagion from the euro zone crisis were running high Friday but correlations between markets suggested investors were not as afraid of a systemic crisis as they were back in May and June.

  • Irish Debt Woes Revive Concern About Europe Monday, 8 Nov 2010 | 4:33 AM ET
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    When interest rates soared last week on Irish government bonds, it served as a warning to other indebted nations of how difficult it could be to roll back decades of public sector largess. The New York Times reports.

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    Covered bonds, a financing tool that has been popular in Europe since the 18th century, are winning converts here as a new way to finance residential and commercial mortgages, reports the New York Times.

  • Tax Shortfalls Spur New Fear on Europe’s Recovery Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 10:06 AM ET
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    Some EU countries face the prospect of missing the budget deficit targets forced upon them this year by impatient bond investors, as tax revenue missed projections. The New York Times reports.

  • As Dollar’s Value Falls, Currency Conflicts Rise Thursday, 21 Oct 2010 | 6:19 AM ET
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    Fast-growing nations like Thailand are trying to devalue their exchange rates to bolster their export-driven economies, reports the New York Times.

  • Cost of EU Rises, Even as Countries Make Cuts Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 4:52 AM ET
    People demonstrate to say ''no to austerity'', in Brussels. Police threw a ring of steel around EU headquarters as tens of thousands in a sea of banners from across Europe took to the streets in a worker backlash against painful spending cuts. The protest, the biggest such march since 2001 when 80,000 people invaded the Belgian capital, was timed to coincide with an EU plan to fine governments running up deficits.

    Despite mounting public protests across the Continent, an austerity drive unparalleled in modern, united Europe is building, reports the New York Times.

  • Amid Austerity, Britain Keeps Welfare for Well-Off Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 6:19 AM ET
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    Every week without fail Lucy Elkin, a comfortably middle-class mother of two small children, receives a £33.20 child benefit payment, or about $52, from the debt-plagued British government, reports the New York Times.

  • Young Greeks Seek Options Elsewhere Wednesday, 15 Sep 2010 | 5:47 AM ET
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    In two weeks, Alexandra Mallosi, 29, will be packing her bags and leaving the quiet Athens suburb of Holargos for Abu Dhabi to start a job as a hotel sales manager. It was not a tough decision, reports the New York Times.

  • Halal Foods Expand Reach in France Thursday, 9 Sep 2010 | 4:57 AM ET
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    For years, Anissa Benchamacha bought her meat in a parking lot, from vendors hawking near-expired products to Muslims eager to find food that met their religious requirements.

  • Dutch City Wants Pot Sold Only to Dutch Citizens Wednesday, 18 Aug 2010 | 7:53 AM ET
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    Struggling to reduce traffic jams and a high crime rate, Maastricht is pushing to make its legalized use of recreational drugs a Dutch-only policy, banning sales to foreigners who cross the border to indulge.

  • The Age of Austerity Challenges Stonehenge Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 | 11:04 AM ET
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    The prehistoric monument of Stonehenge stands tall in the British countryside as one of the last remnants of the Neolithic Age. Recently it has also become the latest symbol of another era: the new fiscal austerity. The NYT reports.

  • European Bank Stress Tests Worked: Sort Of Saturday, 31 Jul 2010 | 12:20 PM ET
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    A week after the authorities released results of stress tests on the largest European banks, market data is starting to provide an indication of whether the exercise had the desired effect on confidence. The answer: sort of. The NYT explains.

  • Debt-Laden Belgium's Finances Questioned Wednesday, 28 Jul 2010 | 2:38 AM ET

    The solidity of Belgium’s public finances was called into question on Tuesday after an independent budget watchdog challenged the government’s tax revenue forecasts and warned of higher budget deficits.

  • Wall Street Turning Bullish on Euro? Friday, 2 Jul 2010 | 12:34 PM ET
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    For the first time in months, Wall Street trading desks are turning more bullish on the Euro and not betting against the currency, according to people familiar with the matter.

  • The Blog Prophet of Euro Zone Doom Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 11:54 AM ET
    Edward Hugh

    For years, almost nobody paid attention to the sky-is-falling alarms of Edward Hugh, a gregarious British blogger and self-taught economist who repeatedly predicted that the euro zone could not survive. The NYT reports.

  • Fears Rise in Europe Over Potential Deflation Monday, 31 May 2010 | 10:54 AM ET
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    If the European Central Bank has one monetary dragon it considers essential to slay, it is inflation.

  • Greece Gets Help, but Is It Enough? Sunday, 2 May 2010 | 10:13 PM ET
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    Greece announced Sunday a long-delayed rescue package that will require years of painful fiscal belt-tightening, but the deal probably will not defuse the potential threats to other European countries, The New York Times reports.

  • Greece Gets Help, but Is It Enough? Sunday, 2 May 2010 | 8:54 PM ET
    Euro bills and coins in cash register tray

    Greece announced Sunday a long-delayed rescue package that will require years of painful fiscal belt-tightening, but the deal probably will not defuse the potential threats to other European countries, The New York Times reports.