Economic Regions The European Union

  • Why Playing Euro Zone’s Second Fiddle May Suit France

    As France loses its coveted AAA-rating, economists are questioning whether the tide is turning for a country that has enjoyed record low borrowing costs, and indeed whether the second largest economy in the euro zone is in jeopardy.

  • European Shares Lower on French Downgrade

    CNBC's Ross Westgate reports on all the market moving events from Europe, as stocks drift lower after Moody's stripped France of its AAA-rating.

  • The journalist responsible for publishing the “Lagarde List” of Greeks who allegedly avoided tax via Swiss bank accounts accused the country’s politicians of lying about the disappearance of the list in an interview with CNBC.

  • Spain Woos Foreigners to Thin Its Inventory of Unsold Homes

    Spain plans to offer residency permits to foreigners who buy houses priced at more than 160,000 euros ($203,845) as part of its efforts to revive a collapsed real estate market and divest itself of hundreds of thousands of unsold homes.

  • Tax Uncertainty Puts Muni Bonds Back in the Spotlight

    Ratings agency Moody's Investors Service stripped France of its prized triple-A credit rating on Tuesday, triggering worries the move could heighten the risk of a downgrade for other top-rated nations, including the United States and the single currency bloc’s largest economy Germany.

  • Moody's Downgrade of France not a 'Game-Changer': Pro

    David Poh, Regional Head of Asset Allocation at Societe Generale Private Banking, says the Moody's downgrade of France's credit rating doesn't change much, but it does raises questions on whether the rest of Europe will be impacted.

  • Ilczyszyn: Key Levels to Watch on Gold

    Rich Ilczyszyn, CEO and founder of iiTrader, talks turkey about a seasonal gold trade that is on a winning streak.

  • Steinbock: Is Finland Pricing Itself Out of Global Competition?

    During the past two years, the Eurozone focus has been on the ailing Southern European economies and their austerity fatigue. In the next two years, it will be on the last triple-A economies in Northern Europe and their bailout fatigue, including Finland.

  • Trouble Brewing for Euro as Greece Worries Grow

    This week is fixing to be an action packed one for the euro, and this strategist has a trading plan.

  • Why We Don’t Need QE or Euro: Czech Republic

    As countries with much larger economies try to contest slowing growth by pumping more cheap money into their financial systems, the Czech Republic is planning to avoid similar actions – and may put off its euro joining date as the single currency becomes less attractive.

  • Spain Seeks Investment From Latin America

    Starting in the late 1990s, Spanish companies began a drive into Latin America that resulted in their takeover of some of the region’s most prized assets. Now, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy of Spain wants the investment to flow in the other direction, the New York Times reports.

  • European Union (EU) flags fly outside the the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

    EU officials have begun work on a plan to create a long-term budget without the UK in a move that reflects mounting frustration that Britain’s demand for a spending freeze cannot be reconciled with the rest of the bloc. The FT reports.

  • EUR/USD a Sell as Impact from Greek Debt Talks Seen Minimal: Pro

    David Forrester, Senior Vice President of G10 FX Strategy at Macquarie, suggests selling the euro against the dollar on rallies back towards the 1.30 level as Greek financing talks will likely have limited impact.

  • Bond Investor Takes Big Punt on Ireland

    A prominent US bond investor has increased an already aggressive bet on Ireland’s recovery from the financial crisis, raising eyebrows among rival fund managers. The FT reports.

  • Aussie Jumps, Euro Lifts, Korea Cuts

    The fiscal cliff walk begins and the yen takes a breather — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Global Markets Update

    CNBC's Kelly Evans reports on all the market moving events from Europe, including

  • Cracks in France…as Southern Europe Moves Ahead

    France’s economy will come through and “resist the crisis” despite worries about low growth and the need for labor market reform, its Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici told CNBC.

  • Greece May Not Get Deal Until Sep '13: Pro

    Peter Griffin, head of global risk assessment and sovereign fixed income at Global Interest Rates Limited, says a Greece debt deal is unlikely until September 2013.

  • France’s socialist government seized on better than expected economic growth figures to reject concern that France could become the next focus of the euro zone crisis, insisting it is acting to reform the flagging economy. The FT reports.

  • In a Switch, Investors Are Buying European Bank Bonds

    European bank debt, once an investment pariah, is suddenly popular. The NYT reports.