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  • Fracking

    PTT's planned $1.9 billion takeover of Cove Energy, which would see it gain access to massive gas finds off the coast of east Africa, would put the company in an ideal position to supply demand in five years' time, Neil Atkinson, director for energy research at Datamonitor, told CNBC on Tuesday.

  • Mario Draghi

    Ten days after becoming Irish finance minister last March, Michael Noonan spoke with Jean-Claude Trichet, then the chief at the European Central Bank, and told him what his Fine Gael party had been telling voters for weeks: the new government intended to force losses on holders of senior Irish bank debt, the Financial Times reports.

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    It’s not exactly a win-win situation, but a weaker euro could mean some good news on this side of the Atlantic, “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer said Monday.

  • The Parthenon in Greece

    The Greek debt crisis, the political situation in Athens and their impact on the euro zone are falling off investors' radars, but cannot be ignored, according to one foreign exchange analyst in London.

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    The head of Europe’s top banking regulator has raised the bar for lenders’ capital requirements, insisting that the 9 percent capital ratio they had to hit as a “temporary buffer” by June is to become permanent, the Financial Times reports.

  • World in Hand

    As the fiscal cliff approaches in the United States and the euro zone crisis drags down global growth rates, central banks across the world have been delivering more and more stimulus.  The problem, according to David Bloom, head of global foreign exchange strategy at HSBC, is that central banks are having less and less impact on the global economy.

  • Fracking

    Prices of commodities from oil to copper have fallen sharply. Money is flowing out of the sector and some investors are questioning the so-called commodities ‘supercycle’ – the mantra that prices will rise and rise, underpinned by Chinese growth, the Financial Times reports.

  • International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde

    In high-stakes deals on the Street, the side with the leverage usually demands "show me the money first, then we'll talk." But in the rarefied and much higher-stakes world of desperate sovereign borrowers and multilateral lenders of last resort like the International Monetary Fund, it's the other way around -- "show me the goods first, then you get the money." In the case of Greece, Christine Lagarde says "implementation must happen, more than lip-service."

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    In normal circumstances, the antics of America’s corporate treasurers should not worry Washington politicians. After all, corporate treasurers are like the supply chain managers of the financial world: decent, unassuming people, who prefer to stay out of the limelight, performing the crucial-but-dull role of handling company finances, the Financial Times reports.

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    A "sword of Damocles" hangs over Europe and could lead to a fundamental change in the way nation states view the region's single currency, according to Bank Sarasin economist Jan Poser.

  • Paulsen Shares Market Perspective

    "I'm concerned by the five percent move up in the dollar," says James Paulsen, Wells Capital Management chief investment strategist, providing perspective on the outlook for earnings, consumer sentiment, and the U.S. economy.

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    When Euro zone ministers agreed on Tuesday to release 30 billion euros ($36.9 billion) by the end of the month to help Spanish banks avoid financial crisis, they had to negotiate resistance from a small but increasingly vocal member.

  • Mario Draghi

    The European Central Bank’s approach to monetary policy has generally not been one of “shock and awe.” And yet a surprise cut to its deposit rate last week — which takes effect Wednesday — is sending shockwaves through the market.

  • Relieving Fear and Uncertainty in Europe

    What can be done to relieve economic worries in Europe? Thomas Maheras, Tegean Capital Management founder, weighs in with a few suggestions.

  • European Central Bank

    As Spain announces further austerity measures in the face of a forecast of 0 percent growth in 2013, the country needs “unequivocal support” from Europe, Patrick Armstrong, Managing Partner at Armstrong Investment Managers, told CNBC.

  • Global Markets Update: Spain's $79.9 Billion Austerity Plan

    CNBC's Kelly Evans reports on all the market moving events from Europe, including a look at Spain's plan to cut spending and hike taxes, and Burberry's lower-than-expected growth.

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    The International Labour Organization (ILO) called on European leaders to invest in their economies and make job creation their priority on Wednesday, as it released a new report which showed 3.5 million jobs had been lost since the 2008 financial crisis and a further 4.5 million were at risk.

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    The countries with the least to lose from leaving the euro aren't the ones you think - and that could be bad news for the euro. 

  • Positano, Italy

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was laughed at last year when he doubted Italy was in such bad shape and insisted that in Rome, "the restaurants are all full." It was a silly thing to say in the midst of a crisis, but there's some truth to it.

  • The Parthenon in Greece

    International lenders want Greece to get back on track before giving the country more time to meet the tough targets they have set it under the terms of a second bailout Greece received earlier this year, but the country’s finance minister still hopes Greece will be granted an extension to get its economy back on track.