Economic Regions The European Union

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    Investors fret over the global economy and Iran gets tough on currency traders — it's time for your FX Fix.

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    Gainesville, Fla.: home of botanical gardens, a museum of natural history and one of the oldest universities in the state.  But according to the latest global music piracy report,  it can now add to its reputation the more ignominious title of music “pirate capital” of the world.

  • Global Markets Update: Merkel's Visit to Athens

    CNBC's Ross Westgate reports on all the market moving events from Europe, including

  • Electronic glitches are simply a fact of life in modern fragmented markets and human error, not technology, is to blame for multi-billion dollar trading errors, Tanuja Randery, chief executive of MarketPrizm, told CNBC on Monday.

  • China-Japan Tensions

    Rajiv Biswas, Asia-Pacific Chief Economist at IHS Global Insight says that Chinese jobs could be at stake if Japanese firms move their factories elsewhere.

  • Greek Bailout in Danger of Unraveling

    Russell Jones, Global Head of Fixed Income Strategy, Westpac Institutional Bank says that Greece might need more money to fix its economy or leave the euro zone.

  • The 'Europe' sculpture by Belgian artist May Claerhout, showing a woman holding up the symbol of the Euro, stands outside the European Parliament building on November 22, 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

    Europe may be pushing for fiscal and banking union to fight its debt crisis, but many richer regions, angry at having to finance poorer neighbors, are now calling for independence. The New York Times reports.

  • Kassiopi, Corfu, Greece

    Got some cash to spend? How about a piece of the Greek islands of Rhodes or Corfu? Or a royal palace, a marina, or even a consulate building?

  • Global Markets Update

    CNBC's Ross Westgate reports on all the market moving events from Europe, including

  • Bank Metallic Sign

    With new sets of regulation for the banking sector both in Europe and in the U.K., investors can be forgiven for not knowing which firms are best placed for the new laws. But one analyst has given CNBC his top tips for those banks ready for change.

  • Spanish Economy Minister Luis de Guindos speaks during a news conference.

    You know that something is seriously wrong with your economy when you tell an audience of learned academics and students at an elite university that your country doesn’t need a bailout, and the room rings with the sound of laughter.

  • Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    Germany's export partners are ailing, and that's bad news for Europe's biggest economy.

  • Spain

    An intensification of Spain's recession poses the biggest risk to the country's 'investment grade' credit rating the head of Fitch's sovereign ratings team said on Thursday.

  • Much Ado About ECB's Bond Buying

    Is the latest bond buying plan the right direction to get the euro zone's economy back on track? Gemma Godfrey, Brooks Macdonald Asset Management, and Michael Gurka, Spectrum Asset Management, weigh in.

  • Spain

    Spain sold four billion euros ($5.1 billion) of shorter-dated government bonds on Thursday, paying slightly more to borrow over three years than a month ago but drawing strong interest from investors.

  • European Central Bank

    Better late than never. After a string of delays, and having overcome a constitutional obstacle in Germany, the euro zone’s new rescue fund, the European Stability Mechanism, looks set to be finally inaugurated on Monday, the Financial Times reports.

  • Asia to Suffer Despite US Economic Recovery: Pro

    Roger Bootle, Director at Capital Economics thinks Asia will suffer from the effects of the euro zone recession. He adds that the U.S. economic recovery, which should continue, is unlikely to offset the euro's effects.

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    Both the Bank of England and the European Central Bank are meeting tomorrow. Here's your trading plan.

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    By 2100, some 10 million people will inhabit the earth, according to the United Nations.  When that happens will we encounter an “unprecedented planetary emergency” or can engineering, technology and the human spirit rise to the challenges posed by 10 billion people on earth?

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    Once upon a time, the foreign exchange (FX) markets enjoyed a clear framework for trading and were seen as a reflection of the health of global economies. But as central bank programs of quantitative easing have been introduced, currency market trades are not so clear cut, according to analysts at HSBC.