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Economic Regions The European Union


  • Fitch Threatens Belgium With Credit Rating Cut Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 12:29 AM ET
    Aerial view of a town square Bruges Belgium

    Fitch became the second ratings agency to threaten Belgium with a credit downgrade on Monday, saying a lack of government undermined budget efforts in one of the euro zone's most indebted states.

  • Political Support for Euro Waning? Monday, 23 May 2011 | 5:15 PM ET
    Political Support for Euro Waning?

    German taxpayers are unhappy about a Greece bailout, says Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter.

  • Acting IMF Chief Lipsky Won't Seek New Term Monday, 23 May 2011 | 4:50 PM ET
    John Lipsky

    John Lipsky, acting managing director of the International Monetary Fund, told CNBC Monday he will be retiring Aug. 31 when his term as first deputy ends.

  • Stop Trading: Let Greece Default Cries Cramer Monday, 23 May 2011 | 2:36 PM ET
    Stop Trading: Let Greece Default Cries Cramer

    CNBC's Jim Cramer says Greece's debt problem is holding the rest of Europe hostage and that it might be a good idea to let the Greek banks default and move on. Cramer also defends his favorable position on Salesforce.com.

  • Greece to Sell Assets to Speed Debt-Reduction Plan Monday, 23 May 2011 | 12:48 PM ET

    Greece will create a sovereign wealth fund composed of real estate and state-owned assets as it looks to accelerate its deficit reduction program, according to the Greek finance minister George Papaconstantinou.

  • High Flying U.S. Dollar Monday, 23 May 2011 | 12:30 PM ET
    High Flying U.S. Dollar

    Increasing European fiscal fears sends the U.S. dollar soaring, with Andrew Busch, BMO Capital Markets, and the Fast Money traders.

  • Busch: MIM Friday Trade Update Monday, 23 May 2011 | 10:58 AM ET

    On last Friday's Money In Motion, I recommended a trade on the euro. Here's an update.

  • The Problem With PIIGS Monday, 23 May 2011 | 10:30 AM ET
    The Problem With PIIGS

    Is now the best time to invest in this beaten down region? Michael Stack, Scout International Discovery Fund, and Dan Veru, Palisade Capital Management discuss investing in Europe.

  • Europe Rattles Global Markets Monday, 23 May 2011 | 10:17 AM ET
    Europe Rattles Global Markets

    Europe rattles investors across the planet on concerns the debt crisis is worsening. Fernando Teixeira Dos Santos, Portugal minister of state/finance discusses Portugal's recently approved bailout.

  • Euros Are Dropping, Dollar Is Flying Monday, 23 May 2011 | 9:43 AM ET

    How unloved is the euro? Even Iceland is spewing the single currency. Time for your FX Fix.

  • EU Targets Fresh Iran Sanctions Monday, 23 May 2011 | 7:23 AM ET
    Member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

    The European Union has extended a blacklist of individuals and companies with links to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs as it looks to clamp down on investment and technology transfer into the country.

  • Three Reasons to Worry About the Euro: Analyst Monday, 23 May 2011 | 5:55 AM ET
    Euro coins

    With divisions over how to respond to the Greek debt crisis worrying investors, one analyst believes there are considerable short-term risks for the euro.

  • CEO Calls for Marshall Plan for Greece Monday, 23 May 2011 | 5:07 AM ET

    The CEO of Europe's largest insurer by gross premiums and market capitalization has called for more aid for Greece and a plan to help the country's growth, according to German media reports.

  • Critics Take Aim at ECB Boss Jean-Claude Trichet Monday, 23 May 2011 | 3:58 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    As he prepares to stand down from the European Central Bank later this year, Jean-Claude Trichet could be forgiven for asking himself why he bothers. Having steered the euro zone through crisis after crisis, the criticism of his time running Europe’s central bank gets louder and louder.

  • Could Italy Follow Greece Into Trouble? Monday, 23 May 2011 | 1:33 AM ET

    S&P cut its outlook on Italian debt at the weekend, citing fear over its growth record, weak reform process and the likely impact of reducing its high government debt.

  • Labelux Buys Jimmy Choo for $812 Million Monday, 23 May 2011 | 1:13 AM ET

    Upscale British shoemaker and retailer Jimmy Choo was bought by luxury goods group Labelux from TowerBrook Capital Partners LP, the companies said on Sunday.

  • ECB Faces 'Skeleton' Risk Due to Collateral: Report Monday, 23 May 2011 | 12:34 AM ET

    The European Central Bank is facing a potential crisis of its own because of "skeleton" risks amounting to several hundreds of billions of euros on its balance sheet, Dow Jones reported quoting Der Spiegel magazine.

  • Spain's Socialists Trounced Amid Economic Turmoil Sunday, 22 May 2011 | 7:22 PM ET

    Spain's ruling Socialists suffered a crushing defeat to conservatives in local and regional elections Sunday, yielding power even in traditional strongholds against a backdrop of staggering unemployment and unprecedented sit-ins by Spaniards furious with what they see as politicians who don't care about their plight.

  • Former IMF Chief's Wife Stands by Her Man Saturday, 21 May 2011 | 1:13 PM ET
    Anne Sinclair (C), wife of IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and her daughter Camille Strauss-Kahn (R) depart Manhattan Criminal Court.

    On April 30, Anne Sinclair wrote about the wedding of Prince William: “We were like children who, before going to sleep, want a tale, a story with a princess and a dream, because real life catches up with you soon enough...”  The New York Times reports.

  • A 'Soft' Restructuring for Greece? Friday, 20 May 2011 | 4:40 PM ET
    Euro coins

    We often get a frenzy of negative Europe speculation on a Friday afternoon either from fear of what might emerge over the weekend or mischief-making by Dollar-bulls. And today is no exception.