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  • A petition to halt interest rate hikes in the euro zone notwithstanding, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet will in all likelihood boost interest rates when the policy makers meet Thursday.

  • The world's biggest central banks are pulling in opposite directions and it seems their efforts are only contributing to one thing: a weaker dollar.  Vote for your preferred central banker.

  • Euro zone inflation jumped to a record high of 4.0 percent in June, cementing expectations the European Central Bank will raise interest rates this week despite slowing economic growth.

  • Shifting focus to fast-growing Eastern Europe and shedding jobs in the mature Western European markets will ensure that the continent's second-largest bank meets its ambitious growth targets, UniCredit CEO Alessandro Profumo told "Squawk Box Europe" on Wednesday.

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    Inflation risks have increased in the medium term and the European Central Bank stands ready to counter inflationary pressures, ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet told the EU Parliament on Wednesday.

  • Germany may report a shrinking in its economy for the second quarter of this year and stagnation would probably be a positive outcome, Deputy Economy Minister Walther Otremba said on Tuesday.

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    Euro zone services and manufacturing activity both fell unexpectedly into contraction in June, a key survey showed on Monday, although the weakness may not be pronounced enough to deter an ECB rate hike in July.

  • Nuclear Power Plant

    Nuclear power may indeed be poised for a renaissance as many in the industry hope, but there have been false promises in the past.

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    Surging food and fuel prices are a key concern of European Union citizens, but EU leaders must be honest that there are no quick fixes to the problem, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said.1st paragraph of story should go here

  • The former number two at EADS, ex-strategy chief Jean-Paul Gut, has been placed under formal investigation in a French probe into suspected insider trading at the Airbus parent company, a judicial source said on Wednesday.

  • Alcatel Lucent

    French telecoms equipment maker Alcatel-Lucent said it had signed a $1 billion agreement with China Mobile to provide mobile communication equipment and services.

  • UK retailers took a beating Thursday as Home Retail and Carphone Warehouse struck a more pessimistic tone about the prospects of consumer spending.

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    Spanish truck drivers smashed windscreens and Portuguese truckers blocked roads on Monday as protests over rocketing global fuel prices spread across Europe.

  • European stocks slipped to their lowest close in six weeks on Wednesday, weighed by heavy losses in oil stocks, which tracked a sharp fall in the price of crude.

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    The European Central Bank's inability to raise rates may mean the time for a jump back into the dollar has arrived, as the  full effects of the credit crunch still have to be felt in Europe, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • The European Central Bank's hawks must be aching to hike rates, but they will likely sit on their hands again and leave rates at 4 percent despite inflation rising to 3.6 percent in May.

  • Credit Crunch

    Despite the credit crunch, standards for European leveraged loans -- used to fund private equity buyouts -- loosened in the first quarter of 2008, Standard & Poor's said.

  • European stocks ended higher on Tuesday, trimming some of the previous day's losses as Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS recovered, while a fall in oil prices helped bolster sentiment.

  • ** FILE ** Euro coins fall out of the hands of a person in Frankfurt, central Germany, Feb. 4, 2007. The euro set an all-time high against the dollar Friday, April 27, 2007, buying US$1.3682 as fears about a U.S. economic slowdown mounted amid signs of weak growth. L(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Sky-high fuel and food prices crashed the party when finance ministers flocked to Frankfurt to celebrate the inflation-fighting European Central Bank's 10th birthday on Monday, a milestone in Europe's monetary union.

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    For the last 10 years, Jean-Claude Trichet and his predecessor Wim Duisenberg (the parents) have told the majority of European member states (the teenagers) exactly what they didn’t want to hear.