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  • The surprise rise in German and French gross domestic product does not mean the world recession is over, and central banks are likely to make mistakes that would bring about a second recession, Roger Nightingale, strategist at Pointon York, told CNBC Friday.

  • The dollar bulls may finally get the upper hand as it becomes clear to investors that the euro zone is behind the U.S. and the U.K. in its economic recovery prospects, Jane Foley, currencies analyst at Forex.com, told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Every penny that RBS shares rise above 50.4 pence nets the UK government -- the majority shareholder -- $680 million in dividend payments.

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    Deutsche Bank's effort to spy on its critics was more extensive than previously disclosed, involving a plan to target as many as 20 people, including a number of investors, a detective involved in the affair told the Wall Street Journal.

  • Economic cycles will never be the same, as we are going to see more turbulence and shorter periods of prosperity, John Caslione, founder and CEO of GCS Business Capital and author of "Chaotics" told CNBC Wednesday.

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    ‘Web stress’ has become a major source of frustration in the European work place. It can dent morale, cut productivity and even led to resignations, but the UK has it worst, new research from software giant CA revealed.

  • Last Friday, the closely-watched University of Michigan consumer confidence survey registered a disappointing reading of 64.6, when hopes had been for a 70 or so. But maybe it shouldn't have been a surprise, figuring that, during the month, energy prices were high (since reversed, of course), the stock market was struggling, and unemployment continued to rise.

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    French restaurants and bars are likely to get a boost from a tax cut to 5.5 percent from 19.6 percent.

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    The price of oil, which is rising too fast, and long-term interest rates that are beginning to creep up are likely to suppress a budding recovery, famous economist Nouriel Roubini, also dubbed "Dr. Doom," told CNBC Monday.

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    The financial sector reforms in the US did not go far enough to ensure the banking system was free of risks and easier to regulate, and more steps need to be taken to ensure banks are not too big to fail, Nouriel Roubini, chairman of RGE Monitor, told CNBC Monday.

  • Day two of the Paris air show and Monday's terrible weather seems to have lifted. The question is has it lifted the mood of those here at Le Bourget?

  • Two years ago here at the Paris Airshow the sun was shining, the champagne corks were flying and the fizz was flowing as the orders rolled in for Airbus and Boeing. Wind the clock forward to now and the story is very different.

  • This is the 100th Paris Airshow but the aviation industry has little to celebrate. The grey weather here at Le Bourget really sums up to mood of most CEOs in the industry and it's extremely unlikely that we will see the flurry of aircraft orders normally associated with the event. The tragic news associated with Air France 447 is also casting a long shadow and is likely to dominate many of Airbus' scheduled events.

  • European credit spreads edged wider and gilts and bunds prices tumbled Thursday, after the US Treasury's 'sloppy' auction which reinforced investors' expectations that the Federal Reserve will have to raise rates sooner rather than later.

  • European banks still have upside potential despite the recent rally, as the worst is over for the continent's financial institutions, analysts at financial services investment bank KBW, who upgraded the European banking sector to 'Overweight', said Monday.

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    The head of the European Central Bank refused to bullied into changing policy Thursday following comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel regarding her concerns that the central bank's loose monetary policy could lead the global economy into another, bigger crisis over the next decade.

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    S&P cuts outlook and government action will be needed to keep the top-tier rating, analysts said.

  • Delta Air Lines, Air France and KLM signed a deal Wednesday to combine two separate joint venture agreements into one to create a more integrated trans-Atlantic powerhouse that they said will generate $12 billion in annual revenue.

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    The stock market may hit new lows this year or the next as the current rally has been largely caused by the money printed by central banks and fundamental problems remain unsolved, legendary investor Jim Rogers told CNBC Wednesday.

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    The next financial meltdown will be in the currency markets, as central banks around the world have been printing money, giving the appearance of massive government intervention to weaken their currencies, legendary investor Jim Rogers, chairman, Rogers Holdings, told CNBC Wednesday.