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CNBC Franchise Archive Europe: Economy


  • Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard University

    Economists Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff revealed they have received "hate-filled" and "threatening" emails since their influential research on austerity was exposed as containing a error last week.

  • No Such Thing as Austerity in the UK: WPP CEO Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | 4:50 AM ET
    Canary Wharf at night.

    The U.K. government has received a damning indictment from the CEO of the world's biggest advertising group, who said that austerity in the U.K. is a falsehood.

  • ECB Should Weaken the Euro: Bini Smaghi Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | 2:08 AM ET

    The European Central Bank needs to react to aggressive monetary policy in other parts of the world, a former governing council member of the central bank told CNBC.

  • Merkel Weighs In on ECB Interest Rate Debate Friday, 26 Apr 2013 | 1:21 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaks in front of a flag of the European Union

    The European Central Bank would have to raise interest rates if it were looking at Germany alone but it is in a difficult position because of weakness elsewhere, Germany's Angela Merkel said.

  • Bundesbank Faults ECB Bond-Buying Plan: Report Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 9:09 PM ET

    The head of the Bundesbank has sharply criticized the European Central Bank's plan to buy the debt of highly indebted states in a confidential report, according to German newspaper Handelsblatt.

  • Europe Closes Up on Upbeat UK GDP Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 11:52 AM ET

    Risk appetite returned to European markets on Thursday, as investor confidence got a further boost from the news that the U.K. avoided a triple-dip recession in the first quarter.

  • Spain Unemployment Rate Hits Record 27.2% Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 8:48 AM ET

    Unemployment in Spain jumped to a record 27.2 percent, data showed on Thursday, fuelling a European debate over whether to ditch austerity policies and switch to reviving economic growth.

  • Why Italy Is a Safer Bet Than Spain: Strategist Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 8:26 AM ET

    For most of the past year, bond investors have clubbed Italy and Spain together. But the time has come for bond investors to "decouple" Italy from Spain, argues a strategist.

  • French CEO: Politicians Must Open Their Eyes Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 3:22 AM ET

    The French government should be fully aware of the damage high taxes will inflict on France's business-friendly credentials including driving away entrepreneurs, Bernard Charles, CEO of the French specialist software maker Dassault Systemes told CNBC.

  • Despite 'Bad News' Markets Are on a 'Grabathon' Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 1:10 AM ET

    The global economy is showing signs of slowing yet global stock markets are back near their highs for the year on growing expectations the ECB will soon join other central banks with a more expansionary policy.

  • ECB: Ditching Austerity Would Not Help Euro Zone Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 1:10 AM ET
    ECB’s New Bond Plan: OMT! Crisis Averted, for Now

    ECB policymakers rebuffed suggestions that Europe should ease up on austerity and said that while the central bank has room to cut interest rates, such a move would not necessarily help the economy much.

  • Should the UK Quit Austerity? Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 7:06 PM ET
    London, England

    Several experts have all criticized the U.K. government's austerity plan. Yet, finance minister George Osborne is sticking to the controversial policy. Do you think it's time the U.K. finally quits its austerity program?

  • Europe Closes Higher on ECB Speculation Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 11:31 AM ET

    European shares closed higher on Wednesday, after weak German business sentiment data spurred hopes the ECB might move to cut interest rates when it meets next week.

  • Europe’s TARP Moment Is Approaching: Coutts CIO Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 11:14 AM ET

    The European Central Bank needs to by-pass dysfunctional banks through a TARP-like program, said one European CIO.

  • France's Moscovici Dozed Off During Cyprus Talks Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 3:45 AM ET
    Pierre Moscovici, France's finance minister, speaks in Washington, D.C., U.S.

    The sight of the head of the IMF waking up France's top finance official during a crisis meeting over Cyprus illustrates a question that is troubling European diplomats: what has happened to France's voice in Europe?

  • ECB Rate Cut Could Bring Big 'Disappointment' Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 1:54 AM ET
    ECB’s New Bond Plan: OMT! Crisis Averted, for Now

    Expectations that the European Central Bank (ECB) will announce a rate cut is likely to have a limited impact and could end up being a disappointment, analysts said.

  • European shares closed sharply higher on Tuesday after a positive Spanish bond auction and better-than-expected French manufacturing data buoyed investor sentiment.

  • Hungary Cuts Interest Rates to Record Low Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 11:06 AM ET

    Hungary's central bank cut interest rate to a new record low of 4.75 percent on Tuesday, in an attempt to bolster the flagging economy, as inflation has eased to a record low of 2.2 percent.

  • ECB Should Not Cut Rates: Top German Adviser Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 8:32 AM ET
    ECB’s New Bond Plan: OMT! Crisis Averted, for Now

    Recent comments by European Central Bank (ECB) governing board members have the market brimming with anticipation of an imminent rate cut. But according to one of Angela Merkel's top economic advisers, the ECB shouldn't cut rates.

  • Libor Must Be Based on 'Fact, Not Fiction' Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 7:09 AM ET

    U.S. regulator Gary Gensler said the world needs an alternative to the scandal-plagued Libor.

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