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  • Luxury Property Rush Not Over Yet: Pros Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 | 5:40 AM ET

    As uncertainty continues to grip the European markets, identifying surefire investment opportunities has become increasingly difficult, if not impossible. However, one analyst argues that high-end European real estate may be a viable option for today’s investors.

  • Greece Says Debt Buy Back Will be Voluntary Thursday, 29 Nov 2012 | 3:50 AM ET

    Greece's debt buy back will be voluntary and must succeed, the country's Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras said.

  • Bankia Debtholders Face Bailout Losses Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 | 11:25 PM ET
    Bankia Debtholders Face Bailout Losses

    Bankia’s subordinated debt and hybrid securities holders will face large losses on their investments as part of a restructuring demanded by Brussels in return for eurozone aid. The FT reports.

  • Privatizing Greece, Slowly but Not Surely

    Greece has hired Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley to conduct a voluntary buy back of its debt, a senior finance ministry official told Reuters.

  • Will Italy Need a Bailout in 2013? Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 | 6:15 AM ET
    Will Italy Need a Bailout in 2013?

    Even as markets have been focused on a potential bailout for Spain, analysts say Italy, which is heading for a protracted recession, may also need aid in 2013.

  • In Communist Cuba, the Tax Man Cometh Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 | 3:55 AM ET
    Havana, Cuba, The Ministry of the Interior located in the Plaza de la Revolucion.

    Most Cubans have not paid taxes for half a century, but that will change under a new code starting January 1.

  • Greek Debt Deal Turns Hedge Fund Trade to Gold Wednesday, 28 Nov 2012 | 1:36 AM ET
    Greek Debt Deal Turns Hedge Fund Trade to Gold

    For a few hedge funds, Greek debt is turning into one of the trades of the year.

  • In Euro Zone Crisis, Germany Benefits From Apprentices Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 11:46 AM ET
    In Euro Zone Crisis, Germany Benefits From Apprentices

    In Germany, 61 percent of all apprentices receive full-time employment at the company where they train. And the rate is growing, according to the latest statistics from the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry, DIHK.

  • Germany’s Housing Market Is ‘Flying’ – But Is It a Bubble?

    Even as some housing markets in Europe have cratered, Germany’s housing market has gone from strength to strength, particularly in its cities, as a result of low interest rates and high demand.  Though the phenomenon has prompted fears that Germany was heading for a housing bubble, property experts told CNBC that the strongman of Europe was safe, for now.

  • Britain Favors Credentials Over Countrymen for BoE's Top Job

    Central bankers are joining premier-league footballers as global-economy elites.

  • Should Markets Be Cheering the Greek Debt Deal? Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 4:18 AM ET
    Should Markets Be Cheering the Greek Debt Deal?

    Hours after euro zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) arrived at a much-awaited deal to help Greece reduce its debt, sending risk assets higher, market experts began expressing doubt over whether this deal will be successful in resolving the nation’s long-term debt troubles.

  • Mittal and Hollande in ‘Blackmail’ Talks Tuesday, 27 Nov 2012 | 2:11 AM ET
    Lakshmi Mittal

    Lakshmi Mittal is meeting with France's president over accusations of “lying” and “blackmail."

  • What New Euro Zone Bailout Bond Tells Us

    Two-thirds of chief executives and chief financial officers from around the world view the euro zone crisis as an opportunity to gain competitive advantage over rivals, according to a survey by global consultancy firm Accenture.

  • Greek Unemployment Hits New Record Above 25%

    Euro zone finance ministers and the International Monetary Fund clinched agreement on reducing Greece's debt on Monday in a breakthrough to release urgently needed loans to keep the near-bankrupt economy afloat.

  • Are Europe Defaults About to Rattle Stocks? Monday, 26 Nov 2012 | 2:08 PM ET
    Talk of a Euro Break Up Dangerous: Slovenian President

    Though the crisis in Europe has been pushed aside in recent months, the new year is likely to bring new concerns that more countries are in line for debt defaults.

  • The Euro Zone Is ‘Shaping Up Quite Well’: Think Tank

    The euro zone may be in recession but the region’s efforts to repair budgets, cut labor costs and improve competitiveness is signaling a more dynamic future for its economy, according to a report commissioned by a European think tank The Lisbon Council and Germany-based Berenberg Bank.

  • Greek Editor Arrested After Publishing List of Swiss Bank Accounts

    As international creditors to Athens prepare to meet on Monday, one German newspaper says policymakers are considering a haircut on Greek debt to make it more sustainable.

  • Jenkins Urged to Split Barclays Sunday, 25 Nov 2012 | 10:56 PM ET

    Some of Barclays’ biggest investors have urged Antony Jenkins, the bank’s new chief executive, to take an axe to its investment bank. The FT reports.

  • Will It Be Third Time Lucky for Greece? Sunday, 25 Nov 2012 | 9:31 PM ET
    Confusion Reigns Over Greece Bailout Extension

    International lenders take a third stab on Monday at reaching an agreement on lowering Greece’s debt to sustainable levels. A positive outcome would pave the way for the release of key aid to Athens and should cement the risk appetite that has resurfaced in markets, well, at least for the short-term, analysts said.

  • Barnier Seeks ‘Political Will’ on Bank Union Sunday, 25 Nov 2012 | 9:13 PM ET
    Michel Barnier, European commissioner in charge of regulatory reform

    EU finance ministers must urgently dispel doubts over their “political will” to create a single bank supervisor so talks do not drag on and upset “fragile markets”, the official spearheading the reforms has warned. The FT reports.

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