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    Irish Finance Minister Brian Lenihan will press ahead with a plan to impose a 90 percent charge on bankers' bonuses when the budget bill is published on Friday, newspaper the Irish Independent reported.

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    Spain is planning to inject billions of euro into the nation's struggling savings banks, known as cajas, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

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    European stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Thursday, with stocks poised to extend the previous session's sell-off.

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    Not only is the Euro making gains—this morning it's importantly broken key resistance at 1-$-35.

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    Expanding the EFSF is not the right solution, said Andreas Treichl, the CEO of Erste Bank, the Austrian-based bank focused on lending in Eastern Europe. Treichl added that one way or another, Germany will ultimately end up picking up the bill.

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    European shares were set to edge up on Wednesday, tracking gains on Wall Street and in Asia, on robust earnings overnight from U.S. technology firms.

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    China’s President Hu Jintao visits the United States, the euro zone dodges a bullet and a big surprise for the UK, here's what you need to know for this week.

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    European stocks were seen slightly rising on Tuesday, inching higher for a second day in a row, with global miner Rio Tinto in focus after posting record iron ore output.

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    The closely watched Ernst & Young ITEM club has warned the Bank of England not to raise interest rates despite soaring inflation.

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    Overheating emerging markets, in China in particular, pose the biggest threat to the market and political situation in 2011 according to Philippe Gijsels, head of research at BNP Paribas Fortis Global Markets.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    Jean-Claude Trichet’s hawkish comments on inflationary pressures and the resultant jump in the euro following Thursday’s European Central Bank's press conference talk has turned attention back to central bank exit strategies, an economist said Friday.

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    European stocks were set to dip Friday, tracking losses on Wall Street and in Tokyo, with heavyweight resource-related shares feeling the pinch of lower commodity prices.

  • European shares were seen mixed on Thursday, as investors take a breather after a brisk two-day rally, bracing for further debt auctions in the euro zone as well as interest rate decisions.

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    I would lend my 401K to a Bowery wino—especially at 7 percent interest—if someone with deep enough pockets promised to take me out at par.

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    The early morning hoopla Tuesday was that Japan had pledged to support the Eurozone in its continuing fight against the ill winds of threatened illiquidity by buying bonds. Probably bonds issued by the Financial Stability thing that has been set up by the European central bank.

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    European shares were set to open flat to lower on Wednesday as caution over the euro zone debt crisis prevailed ahead of a closely-watched Portuguese bond auction.

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    Despite denials by the Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates that the country will not be seeking financial aid from the IMF or the European Union, technical discussions are being held ‘quietly’ among European leaders about a possible bailout plan, the Portuguese newspaper Publico reported on its Web site.

  • Greece

    Greek Finance Minister George Papanconstantinou sought to reassure investors over the country’s debt burden on Tuesday, saying spreads between Greek and German bonds were high because of broader market turbulence rather than real threat of default.

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    Banking regulators have quietly taken a major step toward harmonized global regulation by agreeing to raise worldwide capital requirements whenever an individual country declares a credit bubble.

  • A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European shares were set to rise on Tuesday, after Wall Street finished off lows, and Alcoa kicked off earnings season by beating forecasts.