Economic Regions The European Union

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    Spain will be downgraded further by credit agencies, the managing director of Roubini Global Economics said on Friday, because its balance sheet is so large that it can’t resolve its problems by spending cuts alone.

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    The European Central Bank needs to go “back to the normal procedures” after “extraordinary” measures such as its mass liquidity injections, according to the former Bundesbank President who presided over the inception of the single currency.

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    Earnings are strong, the U.S. is not in recession and Europe's problems have eased a bit. So why aren't more people in the stock market? Greg Fleming, president of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, thinks investors are still mindful of what happened in 2008 and are remaining cautious.

  • PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC - SEPTEMBER 11: Thousands of people pay tribute in front of the portraits of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl and Czech National Ice Hockey Team players Jan Marek, Karel Rachunek, Josef Vasicek during a mourning ceremony at the Old Town Square on September 11, 2011 in Prague, Czech Republic. The Yak-42 plane carrying the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl ice hockey team crashed on September 7, 2011 after take off near Yaroslavl. The crash killed 43 people of the 45 aboard including the three Czech p

    The Czech Republic's government faces a confidence vote in parliament on Friday, the latest European government to face protest over tough spending cuts and unpopular measures needed to cut the country's budget deficit back below 3 percent of gross domestic product.

  • French Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election Francois Hollande addresses the audience during a campaign meeting at Le Bourget on January 22, 2012 in Paris, France.

    The front-runner for the French presidency, the Socialist candidate François Hollande, said on Wednesday that if elected he would ask other European leaders to renegotiate a fiscal treaty in order to promote growth, the New York Times reports.

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    The UK is back in recession, and the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, is adamant that he still knows what to do.

  • France

    The French housing market would be the next bubble to pop if the European Central Bank increases interest rates, or if markets begin to perceive the same fundamental weaknesses in France as they currently do in Spain, analysts at Danske Bank wrote in a market note.

  • George Osborne

    The government and the Bank of England have few options left in terms of policy responses to combat the second recession to hit the UK in four years, analysts have told

  • Nouriel Roubini

    With borrowing costs for the euro zone’s peripheral nations rising and a battle over growth versus austerity set to dominate politicians' attention, two leading contrarians have taken aim at the current policy response. 1st paragraph goes here

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    As opposition to austerity measures mounts across Europe, those demanding frugal spending are facing up to a battle with those who dare question Europe’s current grand plan.

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    Indebted governments will have to find ways of "rigging the financial system to suit themselves," because there is no decent economic growth, according to HSBC Chief Economist Stephen King.

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    Weak U.S. data  plus new upheaval in Europe have brought back "old and big question marks" about the global economy, Evercore Partners Chairman Roger Altman told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

    As members of the Dutch parliament convene on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the collapse of the country’s government, analysts warn that the Netherlands will likely continue to face political instability that will set investors’ nerves on edge despite the country’s healthy fundamentals.

  • The European Central Bank must go beyond liquidity injections and buy more government bonds to address the sovereign debt crisis in Europe before further problems arise with even serious consequences for the euro, Pierre Lagrange, co-founder of investment manager GLG and founder of MAN Asia said on Tuesday.

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    The flare up of the euro zone’s debt crisis now hitting the core of the region has taken a dangerous turn but there is still some positive news out there, Erik Nielsen, Global Chief Economist at UniCredit told CNBC.

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    An old superstition says stock market investors should sell in May and go away, as returns in the period between May and September are typically weak. So is Monday's sharp drop in the main indexes a sign that this year, the selling begins even before May?

  • Closing Bell Exchange: Euro Zone Fears

    Insight on continued fears over Europe and ramifications for the global markets, with Jonathan Corpina, Meridian Equity Partners; Jeffrey Grossman, BRG Brokerage; Jeff Kilburg, Treasury Curve; and CNBC's Bob Pisani.

  • Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte

    The Dutch government’s failure to reach an agreement in talks to achieve tough spending cuts could see nervous investors push up the country’s borrowing costs.

  • Netherlands Will Continue to Display Budget Discipline

    The Netherlands has always displayed budget discipline and would continue to do so, Dutch Finance Minister Jan-Kees de Jager told CNBC on Monday. "The perception of financial markets is always important...and that's why I also have the message for financial markets that for decades the Netherlands have shown a solid fiscal budgetary policy and this will not change. In any government we have seen in the past we have seen solid policy and this will remain in the future," he added.

  • Sunday's flash PMI report on China shows the importance of maintaining discipline in your trading strategies.