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Europe: Economy


  • Contrary to popular belief, bankers and politicians are not to blame for the financial crisis. Rather, it’s systemic flaws in the very nature of democracy that allowed financial imbalances to take root.

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    Car makers are hoping to battle a global downturn and Europe’s debt crisis with a series of new models and technologies at the Paris Motor Show this week, in the expectation that it will help boost flagging sales.

  • Australia’s Mining Boom Isn’t Over: Expert Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 6:50 AM ET

    Australia may be gripped by fears its mining boom is ending, but HSBC believes extraction industries will continue to power the Australian economy

  • Is Market Rally a False Dawn? Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 6:11 AM ET
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    Stock markets across Europe returned to September’s rally on Thursday, despite well-publicized unrest on the streets of Greece and Spain.

  • Euro Zone Misery to Last for Decade: Ernst & Young Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 5:14 AM ET
    European Union flags in front of European Commission headquarter in Brussels, Belgium.

    The fallout from the euro zone debt crisis will continue to hurt the region for the next decade, accountants Ernst & Young have warned.

  • Investors Warned: Step Away From the Kool-Aid Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 3:54 AM ET

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has said he will do “whatever it takes” to defend the euro and Ben Bernanke’s Federal Reserve has gone to infinity and beyond in an attempt to revive the U.S. economy, but a growing number of market watchers are beginning to doubt unconventional monetary policy will actually work.

  • Riot policemen hold back a demonstrator during clashes around the Spanish parliament in a protest against spending cuts and the government of Mariano Rajoy. Madrid, Spain

    Spanish share prices tumbled nearly four percent on Wednesday, as investors worried whether the European Central Bank and its partners have sufficient resources to rescue the ailing Spanish economy.

  • Greece Is Better Investment Than China Right Now Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 1:51 PM ET
    A fire bomb explodes behind a riot police squad on September 26, 2012 in Athens during clashes with demonstrators at a 24-hours general strike. Police in Athens clashed with hooded youths throwing firebombs on the sidelines of a large demonstration against a new round of austerity cuts.

    Greece may be in flames, but its stock market is doing quite nicely. In fact, the gains so far this year have outpaced those in many financially stronger countries—especially China.

  • As Russian Firms List Abroad, Is Now the Time to Invest? Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 8:47 AM ET

    The listing of Russia’ largest bank Sberbank on the London Stock Exchange, raising some $5 billion, is just the beginning of a wider trend and shows how Russian state-owned businesses are increasingly turning towards privatization, Anton Karamzin, deputy chairman and CFO of Sberbank, told CNBC.

  • Greek Protestors Seek 'Stay of Execution' on Bailout Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 7:51 AM ET
    Protestors wear gas masks as they advance down a street during clashes with riot police officers near Syntagma square during a 24-hour labour strike September 26, 2012 in Athens. Today marks Greece's first big anti-austerity strike since the coalition government took power in June.

    Violent protests erupted on the streets of Athens on Wednesday. They could help the Greek government make its case for less stringent bailout conditions to its international creditors.

  • Struggling European Carmakers Hope for Paris Motor Show Boost

    The biannual Paris Motor Show kicks off on Wednesday, with carmakers eager to show off the latest technologies to help them compete in a market that is looking increasingly crowded.

  • Could Slovenia Beat Spain to Be Europe’s 6th Bailout? Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 10:24 AM ET
    The 'Europe' sculpture by Belgian artist May Claerhout, showing a woman holding up the symbol of the Euro, stands outside the European Parliament building on November 22, 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

    While financial markets remain focused on Spain, analysts are touting ex-Yugoslav Slovenia as another candidate to tap the euro zone’s new bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM).

  • ECB Is Just ‘Bridge’ Towards Stable Future: Draghi Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 10:09 AM ET
    Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said on Tuesday that EU governments, not the central bank, must take “fundamental” measures to solve the region’s debt crisis.

  • Chinese Growth Set for Decade of Slowdown: Barclays Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 7:27 AM ET
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    Chinese growth is set to stabilize in the coming months and will slow to 6 percent in the next decade, according to new research from Barclays.

  • Angela Merkel Ridiculed as 'Godmother' of Europe Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 4:30 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Governing like a mafia boss, obsessed with power and the source of the euro zone’s misery – not the usual epithets ascribed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel. But these are latest to be leveled at her by Gertrud Höhler, author of  “The Godmother: How Angela Merkel is Reconstructing Germany”.

  • The Parthenon, illuminated at night, sits at the top of Acropolis hill in Athens, Greece, on Monday, Feb. 13, 2012.

    Greek officials vehemently refuted weekend reports that the country will fail to qualify for further international aide until the country closes a 20 billion euro budget gap.

  • QE Goes Local: Towns Coin Their Own Currencies Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 6:34 AM ET

    Euro zone leaders have been trying to keep the currency union intact, but some—including a high school teacher from Bavaria—say a better solution lies in local currencies, an idea that is now being pitched to Greek politicians.

  • Euro Casts Long Shadow

    The euro zone’s latest bailout fund hasn’t even come into existence yet, and there are already high-level discussions about whether it can be leveraged to more than $2.6 trillion - more than five times its planned lending capacity.

  • Gold Prices Could Peak at $5,000: Bank of America Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 12:36 PM ET

    As gold prices hit a 2012 record of $1,787.40 per ounce on Friday, Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts told CNBC the precious metal could soar to $3,000 or even $5,000 over the longer-term.

  • New Wave of Job Losses to Hit Banking Sector: Expert Friday, 21 Sep 2012 | 10:13 AM ET

    The move by Bank of America and Nomura to shed large numbers of jobs is just scratching the surface of a redundancy wave that is set to hit the banking sector, Simon Maughan, financials sector strategist at Olivetree Financial Group, told CNBC on Friday.

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