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  • Germany Pushes State Default Proposal at EU Summit Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 5:02 AM ET
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    Germany is pushing to let hopelessly indebted governments do exactly that — admit they can't pay and hit bond investors with the costs instead of taxpayers.

  • West Grapples With Chinese Hold on Rare Earth Supplies Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 | 4:03 PM ET
    Bulldozer scoop soil containing various rare earth to be loaded on to a ship at a port in Lianyungang, east China's Jiangsu province in September, for export to Japan.

    The World Trade Organization, the EU and the United States said Tuesday they were pressing for solutions to concerns China may be exploiting its stranglehold on rare earth metals, crucial in the making of everything from portable phones to wind turbines.

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    The dollar may be set to rise as currency wars bring more controls on flows of capital and a rise in protectionism, David Bloom, currency strategist at HSBC, told CNBC.

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    The European Central Bank should worry less about the “phantom risk” of inflation and instead focus on the rising threat of deflation which could result from a currency war, economist Nouriel Roubini said in an article for Roubini Global Economics clients.

  • Scenes from the French Protests Tuesday, 19 Oct 2010 | 11:54 AM ET
    As European austerity measures take shape, protests that have real economic impact and at times turn violent are erupting country-by-country. In France, the response to the government’s plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 has sparked nearly a week of national strikes and protests, causing major problems for airports, gas stations, public services and police forces. With the French Senate set to vote on Wednesday on final changes to the pension system, scores of protesters are taking t

    In France, the response to the  government’s plan to raise the retirement age from 60 to 62 has sparked nearly a week of national strikes and protests. Click for photos.

  • Commission Looks to EU-Wide Smoking Ban Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 10:23 AM ET
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    The European Commission is preparing for a smoking ban across the European Union, with legislation introduced as early as next year, according to several media reports Tuesday.

  • Ireland Open to Letting Banks Renegotiate Debt Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 | 7:01 AM ET
    Dublin, Ireland

    Ireland has opened the door to a renegotiation with senior bondholders of its two nationalized banks despite previously opposing any such move. The FT reports.

  • Bond Market at 'Extreme Danger Level': Strategist Monday, 11 Oct 2010 | 9:34 AM ET

    A small rise in inflation may trigger a correction for the bond market, as too many investors have piled in, Roman Scott, managing director at Calamander Capital, told CNBC Monday.

  • Would You Cancel Europe Trip Over Terror Alert? Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | 7:52 AM ET
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    Share your opinion in today's poll.

  • Euro Has no Emotional Appeal: Ex-ECB Official Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 11:38 AM ET
    Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    Europe faces an important challenge in creating greater awareness of the importance of a stable currency, but to achieve that goal, its citizens will need to grow more attached to the euro, Otmar Issing, former European Central Bank chief economist, told CNBC.

  • BMW Recalls 198,000 Cars in the US to Fix Brakes Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 8:53 AM ET

    German car maker BMW said Friday it will recall 198,000 cars in the US because of potential problems with the brakes while press reports put the total number of vehicles recalled across the world at 345,000.

  • Greeks Rush Through Law Giving Tax Amnesties Friday, 1 Oct 2010 | 6:42 AM ET
    Greece

    The parliament pushed through legislation that in effect grants a tax amnesty to millions of citizens, in a move at odds with organizations overseeing the country’s bailout, the FT reports.

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    Looking to rev up slumping sales in the beleaguered golf industry, Callaway  announced today a strategic partnership with automaker Lamborghini in the quest to find the strongest, lightest and most durable materials.

  • If a global double dip happens, the downside on corporate junk is much more daunting than it is for sovereign debt.

  • Should You Fear October? Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 7:30 PM ET

    Cramer doesn’t think so, but don’t be surprised if you see headlines trumpeting that message very soon.

  • Regulate Banks Individually: French Financial Expert Wednesday, 29 Sep 2010 | 9:29 AM ET

    New EU banking regulation must focus on institutions’ individual business models, rather than simply their size, Jacques de Larosière, co-president of think tank Eurofi told CNBC.

  • The Dow Level Needed to Restore Confidence Friday, 24 Sep 2010 | 3:26 PM ET

    Plus, get calls on retail, tobacco, housing and more.

  • Greek Bank Stress Tests Delayed Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 6:01 AM ET
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    The international community has postponed bank stress tests for Greece to give the country breathing space as Athens prepares to test the success of its European roadshow last week by raising more money in the capital markets.

  • Give Private Sector Chance to Innovate: Tony Blair Tuesday, 14 Sep 2010 | 2:15 PM ET

    Governments that bolstered their countries’ ailing institutions impacted by the financial crisis need to step back and give the private sector a chance to innovate and rebuild, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Commentary: Irish Black Hole Remains a Mystery Thursday, 9 Sep 2010 | 8:53 AM ET
    Dublin, Ireland

    The one thing they won’t tell me, or more accurately can't tell me is the one thing I came to Dublin to find out: just how big is the Irish banking black hole?