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  • Stranded airline passengers

    More than 100 students were removed from a Ryanair flight by Spanish police Sunday after refusing to carry out crew instructions following a dispute over a baggage fee, the BBC reported.

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    A central banker need not be loved, but at the least he should command respect — and in Britain these days Mervyn King cannot count on either, reports the New York Times.

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    As protests continued for a 12th day, Egypt's newly named vice president and other top military leaders were discussing steps to limit President Mubarak’s decision-making authority and possibly remove him from the presidential palace in Cairo, the NYT reports.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    When the heads of the EU meet in Brussels on Friday, they will hear new ideas on how to save the euro, delivered by Mrs. Merkel and the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, but written largely in Berlin, reports the New York Times.

  • Everyone gets the same color badge chain. But badge colors highlight the WEF caste system.

    Chief executives, government leaders and academics around the world are headed to Davos, Switzerland, for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting this week — a heady power gathering that mixes business, politics and Champagne in the Swiss Alps.

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    Problems in Europe could end up dragging growth in China, hit commodity prices and derail the nascent American recovery, according to Satyajit Das, the author of "Traders, Guns & Money: Knowns and Unknowns in the Dazzling World of Derivatives".

  • Budweiser Beer

    If any place in the world epitomises the David and Goliath battle that is upending the global beer industry it is Belgium, home to both the world’s largest brewer, Anheuser-Busch InBev, and arguably the famous small-scale “craft” beers, the trappist ales made and distributed by monks, reports the Financial Times.

  • Estonia

    On Saturday, Estonia completes its trip from Soviet republic to full-fledged member of the euro zone, reports the New York Times.

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    With much of Europe mired in a debt crisis and hamstrung by austerity budgets, one would think that European Union leaders are busy examining their economic models, looking for ways to promote growth amid tougher global competition. The New York Times reports.

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    Standard & Poor's has warned that Belgium may have its credit rating downgraded within six months in light of the country's ongoing political deadlock.

  • Euros at an angle

    Will the euro zone survive in its current form? Martin Wolf addresses this question by considering three more issues in the Financial Times.

  • Jim Rogers

    Some countries in Western Europe are bankrupt or are having serious liquidity problems and they should be allowed to restructure their debt, famous investor Jim Rogers told CNBC Tuesday.

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    The euro once meant flush banks and easy credit, but these days it has laid bare a cold reality: Portugal shares the high wages and prices of richer northern European neighbors, but not their competitiveness, reports the New York Times.

  • 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.

  • leie river ghent belgium

    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.

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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.

  • Dublin, Ireland

    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.

  • Mortgage

    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.

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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.

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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.