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    European stock market futures pointed to a lower open on Friday as investors waited to see if other banks followed the example of Lloyds’ banking group as it set aside 3 billion pounds in impairment charges related to the mis-selling of payment protection insurance.

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    The European Central Bank decides on interest rates later Thursday, and while markets are looking for clues on what will happen next, more and more voices raise the possibility of debt restructuring in the euro zone.

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    European stocks were set for a slight rebound on Thursday after the previous session's sharp retreat but gains were expected to be limited.

  • President Barack Obama

    The President makes a triumphant return to Ground Zero, Wall Street anticipates strong GM earnings and retail sales, while the dollar may fall further on Euro policy. Here's what we're watching…

  • Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou speaks during a press conference in the Finance ministry in Athens on February 24, 2011. Police clashed with protestors in Athens yesterday on the sidelines of a large demonstration on the year's first general strike against the debt-hit Socialist government's grueling austerity policies. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

    A request for an extension to the repayment period on Greece’s bailout loan from the International Monetary Fund and the European Union could be a precursor to the full restructuring of the country’s debt, analysts say.

  • Euros at an angle

    The problem facing euro zone policy makers as we head into what could be another eventful summer for the global markets is surprisingly simple, yet very unpalatable.

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    European stock market futures pointed to a mixed opening on Wednesday as earnings season got properly underway and Glencore was expected to publish the prospectus for its much anticipated joint flotation on the London and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges.

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    Why is Spain paying higher interest rates on its government debt than the UK? The answer to this question is illuminating: membership of a currency union makes a country fiscally fragile, writes Martin Wolf in the FT.

  • Ireland and European Union

    Ireland’s new prime minister Enda Kenny has thanked both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet for their backing of the Irish people through the recent financial crisis.

  • One euro and U.S. dollar

    Should investors be looking to sell up and find a safe haven over the summer months as the wall of worry finally gains traction? Philipp E. Bärtschi, the chief strategist at Sarasin in Zurich, believes it is probably time to take some risk off the table.

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    Tough times call for tough measures and in Greece the government is planning a major crackdown on tax evaders that will involve naming and shaming those who do not pay up.

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    Economic growth is not taking hold and current policy is insufficient, Moorad Choudhry, Head of Business Treasury, Global Banking & Markets at the Royal Bank of Scotland writes.

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    When Europe’s political elite created the single currency in the 1990s the chances of an Italian running the newly-formed European Central Bank would have been seen as very low.

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    Financial bookmakers expect the leading European benchmark indexes to rally on Thursday, tracking gains on Wall Street after the Fed signaled it would not raise rates.

  • Lehman Brothers

    The specter of Lehman Brothers continues to haunt policymakers. Nowhere is its presence more apparent than the euro zone, where twin banking and sovereign debt crises are raging, reports the FT.

  • Barclays

    The bank could face a shareholder revolt over executive pay later Wednesday; it was warned it will be under scrutiny "for the foreseeable future".

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    European stocks were set for a mixed open Wednesday, with Germany’s Dax indicated to open higher, while London’s FTSE and the Paris Cac-40 were on course for a slightly lower open.

  • Euro Breakup Still in Cards?

    The euro is rising on bets that Greece will have to leave the euro, with the Fast Money team.

  • President Barack Obama speaking on Fiscal Policy

    Having just spent a week in the US I can confirm Americans and the British share an awful lot in common.

  • The Parthenon in Greece

    With opposition to the bailouts of Greece, Ireland and now Portugal rising fast in the euro zone’s prosperous north, one analyst warns Greece to get on with restructuring its debt.