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  • Hoping to Lead Bank, Italian Faces Hurdles Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 5:48 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    Many economists think he should be the next person to run the European Central Bank. But among government leaders in Berlin and Paris, where many of Europe’s most important decisions are made, Mario Draghi, the governor of the Bank of Italy, generates a palpable lack of enthusiasm, reports the New York Times.

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    A new law devised to help Greece crack down on tax cheats is only one of the many efforts Greek authorities have made over the past year to change what has long been a way of life in this country — rampant tax evasion. But so far, to little avail. The New York Times reports.

  • Egyptians Say Military Discourages an Open Economy Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 4:48 AM ET
    Marchers shake hands with Egyptian Army soldiers on tanks during a demonstration against President Hosni Mubarek in Tahrir Square January 29, 2010 in Cairo, Egypt. Egytian soldiers were for the most part interacting peacefully with the marchers in Tahrir Square during the afternoon hours.

    The Egyptian military defends the country, but it also runs day care centers and beach resorts.  Since the ouster last week of President Hosni Mubarak, of course, the military also runs the government. And some say it has already begun taking steps to protect the privileges of its gated economy, reports the New York Times.

  • Some Spanish Savings Banks Want More Time to Recover Friday, 18 Feb 2011 | 4:08 AM ET
    Spain

    Spanish savings banks, which have been ordered to raise more capital by the government, are facing an uphill struggle to persuade investors to help them improve their balance sheets, reports the New York Times.

  • Europe Makes Effort to Shed a Light on Short Selling Tuesday, 8 Feb 2011 | 5:20 AM ET
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    The French financial markets regulator has begun to require hedge funds and other investment managers to disclose their short positions when they reach 0.5 percent of a company’s outstanding stock, reports the New York Times.

  • 'Mutiny' on Ryanair Flight Gets Students Thrown Off Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 11:26 AM ET
    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.

  • A Crisis of Faith in Britain’s Central Banker Monday, 7 Feb 2011 | 7:24 AM ET
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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.

  • Egypt Officials Seek to Nudge Mubarak Out Saturday, 5 Feb 2011 | 9:18 AM ET
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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.

  • Merkel, in Reversal, Urges Rescue of Euro Friday, 4 Feb 2011 | 5:03 AM ET
    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.

  • A Hefty Price for Entry to Davos Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011 | 8:33 AM ET
    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.

  • Euro Crisis Would Hit China, Then America: Author Monday, 10 Jan 2011 | 3:44 AM ET
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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".

  • New Belgian Beers Take on InBev Goliath Friday, 31 Dec 2010 | 5:49 AM ET
    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.

  • Europe Seems to Stick to Same Economic Strategy Thursday, 30 Dec 2010 | 3:25 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    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.

  • Belgium Warned Over Debt Rating by S&P Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 7:09 AM ET
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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.

  • Is There the Will to Save the Euro Zone? Wednesday, 8 Dec 2010 | 7:37 AM ET
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    Will the euro zone survive in its current form? Martin Wolf addresses this question by considering three more issues in the Financial Times.

  • Some European Countries Are Bankrupt: Jim Rogers Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 7:00 AM ET
    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.

  • Euro Zone Is Imperiled by North-South Divide Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 4:49 AM ET
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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.

  • 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
    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.