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  • Spain Romps Ahead with Above-Target Debt Sale Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 8:39 AM ET

    Spain sold more bonds than it had targeted in its third debt sale of the week on Thursday, as the Treasury makes the most of a recent easing in investor concerns.

  • Intesa CEO: 20% of Italy’s Firms 'Won’t Make It’ Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 7:28 AM ET
    St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy.

    Twenty percent of Italian companies are set to fail, Intesa Sanpaolo Chief Executive Enrico Cucchiani, told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Iceland Looks to Export Power Bubbling From Below Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 5:30 AM ET

    With the ability to produce electricity far beyond the requirements of its population, Iceland is looking into the possibility of laying an enormous "extension cord", which would enable them to export to the huge European market.

  • Concern is mounting that Germany is drifting apart from other countries at the core of the single currency bloc, notably France.

  • Property Poses Biggest Risk to Hong Kong Economy Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 6:32 PM ET

    Just three months after Hong Kong rolled out a tough new round of property cooling measures, home prices have again climbed to record highs with demand unusually strong for new flats.

  • Rome Will Burn, Regardless of Italian Election Result Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 10:56 AM ET
    St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Italy.

    Regardless of who wins next weekend's parliamentary election, Italy's long economic decline is likely to continue because the next government won't be strong enough to pursue the tough reforms needed to make its economy competitive again.

  • S&P Warns Risk of Cyprus Default 'Material and Rising' Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 8:10 AM ET
    Nicosia, Cyprus

    Cyprus faces a "material and rising risk" of defaulting on its sovereign debt, especially if the euro zone and International Monetary Fund do not come up with aid, rating agency Standard & Poor's said on Wednesday.

  • Thousands of Greeks Rally in Anti-Austerity Strike Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 7:05 AM ET
    greece financial crisis--1922986959_v2.jpg

    Tens of thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens on Wednesday during a nationwide strike against wage cuts and high taxes that kept ferries stuck in ports, schools shut and hospitals with only emergency staff.

  • Squaring Investor Optimism with Tighter Euro Credit Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 5:25 AM ET
    The Euro Zone Is ‘Shaping Up Quite Well’: Think Tank

    Investor optimism about the euro zone tally with an untimely credit squeeze within the bloc over the past couple of months.

  • Number of People in Work Hits Record in UK Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 4:45 AM ET

    The number of Britons in work hit a new all-time high late last year and the number of people claiming unemployment benefit fell much more than expected in January, official data showed on Wednesday.

  • Comic's 'Unstoppable Epidemic' to Hit Italy Wednesday, 20 Feb 2013 | 3:00 AM ET
    Italian showman Beppe Grillo

    Italy's mainstream politicians have failed to understand a change in mentality in Italy, the head of the anti-establishment "5 Star Movement" (M5S) told CNBC in an interview, adding that his party is now "unstoppable".

  • Greek Current Account Gap at Lowest in Euro Era Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 11:39 AM ET

    Greece's current account deficit narrowed last year to its lowest level since the country joined the euro, adding to evidence that the economy is slowly responding to harsh austerity measures.

  • German Investor Sentiment Hits Multi-Year High Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 4:55 AM ET
    Frankfurt, Germany

    German analyst and investor sentiment soared to its highest level since April 2010, beating all expectations with at third successive increase and signalling that financial markets are confident Europe's largest economy has turned a corner.

  • Protest Vote in Italy Could Throw Up Big Surprise Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | 3:27 AM ET
    Beppe Grillo, founder of the Movimento 5 Stelle (Five Star Movement), arrives to speak during a public rally for the political campaign on January 23, 2013 in Pomezia, Italy.

    The rise of the protest vote and support for non-mainstream parties in Italy could lead to a surprise in the national election on Sunday,taking key votes away from established candidates in what looks set to be a close race.

  • Mario Draghi Slaps Down Talk of 'Currency War' Monday, 18 Feb 2013 | 12:26 PM ET
    Mario Draghi

    The euro declined against the dollar on Monday after the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said economic indicators signaled further weakness in the euro zone.

  • Telecom Cash Cows Scare Some Dividend Investors Monday, 18 Feb 2013 | 7:39 AM ET

    European telecom stocks have declined more than 10 percent over the past year. That sell-off has pushed yields on many large-cap names to between 6 and 10 percent. Yet dividend fund managers who would normally snap up such high yielding stocks are steering clear, worried about the sector's health and the prospect of dividend cuts.

  • Core Euro Zone Banks Relying Less on Crisis Funding Monday, 18 Feb 2013 | 7:36 AM ET
    Euro Zone Faces 'Winter of Discontent': Pro

    German banks' use of European Central Bank crisis funding dropped by a third in January from the previous month, a further sign that banks in the heart of the euro zone are returning to money markets after last year's credit squeeze.

  • If you look at headline tax rates alone, you might think tax competition in Europe had ended. But the more stable headline rates say nothing about how countries define a company's tax base.

  • Silvio Berlusconi

    Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has made gains in opinion polls ahead of elections on February 24. The way in which he has achieved the bounce might raise eyebrows.

  • Italy Elections Could Derail Economy Further Monday, 18 Feb 2013 | 3:47 AM ET

    As Italian elections approach and the gap between the right and left-wing candidates closes, analysts fear that the tight political race could result in a hung parliament, an outcome that could easily derail Italy's already-fragile economy.

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