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  • Riot policemen push back demonstrators as they try to approach the finance ministry in Athens.

    Ever since the financial crisis of 2008 it feels as if markets are never that far away from another bad news story.

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    The Canadian dollar gets a lift, but risk sentiment is off. Time for your freak-out Friday FX Fix.

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    The euro zone’s reluctance to consider some kind of restructuring for Greece – and at some point Ireland and Portugal – has been heavily criticized by economists, who believe a default of some kind by one or all three of the troubled economies is now inevitable.

  • The German parliament voted in favor of a resolution on Friday from the ruling coalition parties to back additional aid for Greece.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    "Strong Vigilance is needed" said Jean-Claude Trichet three times in Thursday’s European Central Bank press conference.

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    The bulls trotted gingerly back into the stock market and, if they stick around on Friday, the market could avoid a sixth week of losses. Still, one market strategist cautioned: "It is not the beginning of a new bull market rally."

  • The South Korean won is weighed down and the ECB's Trichet is talking. It's time for your daily FX Fix.

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    The European Union must save Greece and private bondholders have already begun to price in taking part in future efforts to bail out the indebted country, Herbert Stepic, Raiffeisen Bank International CEO, told CNBC.com.

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    Economic data on both sides of the Atlantic pointing to a slowdown is rattling investors' nerves and is likely to keep them on the sidelines for the rest of the month, Barclays Capital expects.

  • Budapest, Hungary

    As its European neighbours continue to struggle, Hungary, which turned down part of an International Monetary Fund/European Union loan last year, has won grudging international acceptance for its focus on job creation.

  • European Central Bank

    Whilst the Bank of England sits on the sidelines, the boss of the European Central Bank on Thursday is expected to signal he will raise rates next month to curb inflationary pressures.

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    Only weeks ago, quantitative easing, the emergency policy of pumping money into the financial system to revive the economy, was considered firmly over. Now, amid a stream of gloomy data that has raised renewed fears of a double-dip recession in the UK, it could soon be back on the agenda, reported the FT.

  • The ECB meets on Thursday amidst speculation that the central bank will indicate a future tightening of monetary policy. Here's how to trade it.

  • Euro coins

    Slowly but surely, negotiators seem to be inching toward some kind of fix - at least for now - for the euro debt mess. Here's how to trade it.

  • European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank looks set to keep its benchmark interest rate stable at 1.25 percent at its June 9 meeting, analysts told CNBC.com. Policymakers will remain "strongly vigilant" on inflation and global growth concerns, meaning that a rate rise in July looks likely.

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    What is one to make of recent economic data, particularly in the advanced countries? Is the world economy slowing? If so, should policy do anything about it and, if so, what might the alternatives be? The FT reports.

  • Austria

    Talk about a possible default by Greece has caused some concern for SAP in Central and Eastern Europe but it is not changing the company's plans, Manfred Joseph, managing director at SAP CEE, told CNBC.com.

  • Fed Chief Ben Bernanke Testifies to House Budget Committee

    There was no guidance on the end of the second round of quantitative easing or QE2 and no guidance on the chance of QE3, but Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Tuesday confirmed market expectations that the United States' borrowing costs will remain low for the foreseeable future.

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    Looking for a currency trade? Prepare to listen for clues expressed in central banker-speak on Wednesday.

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    A new government is in place in Portugal, tasked with tackling the problems facing one of the sick men of Europe. Unfortunately, new faces in government do not in any way change the problems being faced by a country, according to one analyst.