Economic Regions The European Union

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    Europe for the last four years has been a headline that has moved markets and portfolios.  It now appears as if a new and dangerous chapter is beginning relative to Europe's financial solvency.

  • CME Trader on Jobs, French Election & Crude

    Richard Ilczyszyn,, offers his view on the jobs numbers, crude oil and why the French election could be "trouble for the EU."

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    Stocks could see a move higher similar to gains seen in 2003 and 2009, leading to a rise of as much as 40 percent in 2012, Michael Gayed, Chief Investment Strategist at Pension Partners, told CNBC's European Closing Bell.

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    After hitting record lows on Wednesday, German bund yields are reflecting a difficult market environment and could remain low for some time; Richard Urwin, Managing Director and Head of Investment at BlackRock told CNBC’s Squawk Box Europe.

  • The Greek national flag is seen flying above the parliament building on Syntagma Square in Athens, Greece, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012.

    Elections in Greece on Sunday could throw the country into disarray once more, unsettling investors who believed that a deal struck earlier this year to restructure the country’s debt and avert a default marked the end of a major chapter in the euro zone debt crisis.

  • Greek Parliament

    Greece needs to see consensus among the various political factions and to renegotiate its bailout to return to markets and build a long-term program of economic growth, according to the President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce.

  • Traders work on the floor of the London Metal Exchange in London, U.K.

    The London Metal Exchange, the world’s largest metal-trading platform, should be able to get an offer of at least a billion pounds ($1.6 billion), CEO Martin Abbott told CNBC.

  • European Central Bank

    The European Central Bank will leave rates on hold on Thursday and continue to assess the impact on the economy of two rounds of cheap, 3-year funding for banks, analysts told CNBC, warning that the bank’s ability to fight the crisis is waning.

  • Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    Repairing the economy and regulating banks is “the biggest challenge the Bank [of England] has faced for decades,” Sir Mervyn King said on Wednesday in a speech in which he conceded for the first time he should have “shouted from the rooftops” about risks before the financial crisis.

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    The UK had its latest testy exchange with the rest of the European Union Wednesday night, as Finance Minister George Osborne had an angry outburst at the negotiating table during talks about bank rules.

  • Francois Hollande, Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the 2012 French presidential election, speaks in a gymnasium during a visit on January 29, 2012 in Paris, during the traditional Chinese New Year festivities in the French capital.

    The chief executive of Societe Generale, Frederic Oudea, warned Socialist party French presidential candidate Francios Hollande against any move to break up the French banking system on Thursday as the financial institution announced first quarter earnings that declined from a year earlier.

  • Europe Needs a Weaker Currency

    Boris Schlossberg, Director of Currency Research, GFT Forex says the euro needs to weaken for the European economies to export themselves out of recession.

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    The worst is over for China’s commercial real estate industry and the government’s policy to provide more credit for private firms should help the sector, Zhang Xin, Chief Executive Officer of SOHO China, the largest property developer in Beijing said.

  • 5-Star Investing in the U.S. Market

    Markets are trending down after yesterday's huge spike. Michael Cuggino, Permanent Portfolio Family of Funds, and George Young, Villere Balance Fund, weigh in.

  • Betting on the European Banks

    Insight on how U.S. hedge funds have been making money on the European banks, with Chris Wheeler, bank analyst at Mediobanca.

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    The European Union’s efforts in establishing a permanent rescue fund to prevent financial risks is ‘laudable’ and have boosted market confidence in the region, China’s Vice-Premier Li Keqiang said.

  • Spain

    Spain should be restructuring its debt right now, Matthew Lynn, founder of Strategy Economics, told CNBC's "European Closing Bell," suggesting a 50 percent haircut on Spanish sovereign debt holdings now in order to get the country back on track.

  • Growing Trend of April Was Fear And Trepidation: Trader

    Kevin Ferry, Cronus Futures Management, offers insight on what drove market movements in April. "The only thing that did good in April is the bond market," he tells CNBC's "Squawk Box."

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    The old adage of "sell in May and go away" applies this year just like it did in previous years as problems that plagued the economy in recent years remain unresolved, Richard Cookson, global chief investment officer at Citi Private Bank told CNBC.

  • Demonstrators shout slogans against government's recent austerity economy measures during a protest in Athens.

    Thousands of Greek workers were expected to protest austerity cuts as part of annual May Day rallies on Tuesday, days before a national election that risks derailing an international bailout keeping Greece afloat.