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  • German Consumer Morale Falls to 5-Year Low: GfK Monday, 28 Jul 2008 | 4:19 AM ET

    German consumers have become more downbeat than at any time since the recession year of 2003 due to growing concerns about inflation and turmoil on financial markets, the GfK market research group said on Monday.

  • Munich Re Warns on Profit, Shares Plunge Friday, 25 Jul 2008 | 7:49 AM ET

    German reinsurer Munich Re issued a profit warning on Friday, saying turmoil in global markets would hurt its second-quarter profit and result in a lower than forecast profit for the year as a whole.

  • Obama Urges Europe to Work with US on Security Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 4:07 PM ET
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    U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama urged Europe on Thursday to stand by the United States in bringing stability to Afghanistan and confronting other threats from climate change to nuclear proliferation.

  • Daimler Cuts Earnings Outlook, Shares Plunge Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 6:40 AM ET

    Daimler cut its 2008 earnings outlook on Thursday, saying it would not be able to offset a global growth slowdown, rising raw material prices and the strong euro by selling more vehicles and cutting costs.

  • European Economic Data Reveals Bleak Picture Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 5:30 AM ET

    The euro zone economy appears to be taking a hammering as a key business survey released on Thursday painted a deteriorating picture, coming in well below analysts' expectations.

  • German Business Sentiment Falls Unexpectedly Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | 5:03 AM ET

    The Ifo research institute said its July business climate index fell to 97.5 from 101.2 in June, dropping below analysts' forecasts of a decline to 100.0, and suggesting "the economic upswing is coming to an end", Ifo president Hans-Werner Sinn said in a statement.

  • Merck KGaA Profit Rises, Slightly Misses Expectations Wednesday, 23 Jul 2008 | 1:53 AM ET

    German drugs and chemicals company Merck KGaA reported a 15 percent rise in second-quarter operating profit on Wednesday thanks to rising sales of liquid crystals and multiple-sclerosis and cancer drugs.

  • EU Seeks Cooperation With SEC On Rating Agencies Saturday, 19 Jul 2008 | 2:28 PM ET

    The European Commission wants to cooperate closely with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on the planned regulation of credit rating agencies, the German financial weekly Euro am Sonntag reported.

  • German Investor Sentiment Slumps to Record Low Tuesday, 15 Jul 2008 | 7:01 AM ET
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    A key gauge of German investor sentiment slid to a record low in July, battered by concerns about the U.S. financial sector and fears of a lasting downturn for German manufacturers.

  • Blackstone to Invest $1.57 Billion in Wind Farm Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 12:45 PM ET

    Private equity firm Blackstone plans to invest more than $1.57 billion in a project to build wind farms in the North Sea to generate electricity, people familiar with the matter said.

  • Siemens to Cut 16,750 Jobs Amid Economic Downturn Tuesday, 8 Jul 2008 | 11:46 AM ET

    German industrial conglomerate Siemens  plans to cut around 4 percent of its workforce as part of an overhaul and as a result of the global economic downturn, Siemens said on Tuesday.

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    German health care group Fresenius plans to buy APP Pharmaceuticals in a $3.7 billion deal to expand into the North American intravenous generic drugs market.

  • And Here We Go Again ... Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 12:56 PM ET
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    There is an adamant little Frenchman, Jean-Claude Trichet, and his merry band of monetary lawmakers drawing the line on inflation ... how'd THEY become the bad guys? Hmmm...

  • European Central Bank Boosts Rates Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 9:49 AM ET

    Euro-zone rates rose to 4.25% as the central bank fights inflation, but ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet's message was slightly dovish.

  • ECB's Rate Hike Likely to Bring Boos Thursday, 3 Jul 2008 | 6:49 AM ET

    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.

  • Poll: Who Would You Like to Run Your Central Bank? Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 9:26 AM ET

    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 Jumps to Record High 4% Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 8:02 AM ET

    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.

  • East Europe Will Help UniCredit Meet Targets: CEO Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | 7:25 AM ET

    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.

  • ECB's Trichet: Inflation Risks Have Increased Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 7:20 AM ET

    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.

  • Thomas Cook Sticks to Outlook as Loss Narrows Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 9:09 AM ET
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    Thomas Cook, Europe's second-largest travel company, said it remains confident of meeting expectations for the current year as it reported a 15 percent narrowing in its first-half loss on Tuesday.