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  • European markets mixed  Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 11:28 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, a dip in the 30-year German bund and big hits to the European oil/gas majors.

  • Supporters of radical leftist Syriza party chant slogans and wave Greek national and other flags after winning elections in Athens, January 25, 2015.

    He may be a socialist, but France's economy minister showed no support on Thursday for Greece's new left-wing government.

  • EU to extend existing Russia sanctions over Ukraine Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 8:32 AM ET

    BRUSSELS— The European Union extended by six months an existing set of sanctions against Russian and pro- Russia separatist officials because of the continued fighting in eastern Ukraine and was planning further action, officials said Thursday. The new radical left-wing government in Greece didn't fall immediately in line with plans for further actions...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 29- Russia's rouble fell around 2 percent against the dollar and the euro on Thursday, hurt by the threat of new European Union sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, the end of the tax period and a broad-based aversion to riskier assets on global markets. European Union foreign ministers on Thursday were expected to ask the European Commission to prepare...

  • Greece misinterpreted over Russia sanctions -minister Thursday, 29 Jan 2015 | 5:33 AM ET

    ATHENS, Jan 29- Greece's new finance minister Yanis Varoufakis rejected suggestions that complaints from Athens over a European Union statement on Ukraine meant it was preparing to veto sanctions against Russia. EU foreign ministers are expected to ask the European Commission on Thursday to prepare a new round of sanctions against Russia, aimed at...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 29- Russia's rouble slid in early trade on Thursday, extending losses from earlier in the week as falling oil prices and the threat of new European Union sanctions over the Ukraine crisis soured sentiment. European Union foreign ministers were on Thursday expected to extend until the end of 2015 asset freezes and travel bans imposed on dozens of...

  • RPT-EU's Moscovici says ready to start work with Greece Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 2:29 PM ET

    PARIS, Jan 28- European Union economics chief Pierre Moscovici said on Wednesday that EU officials were ready to open discussions with Greece over its debt problems and that he did not expect a confrontation with the country's new government. He also said that debt cancellation was not the solution for Greece and that debt commitments must be met.

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 28- New European Union sanctions against Russia could include further capital markets restrictions, making it harder for Russian companies to refinance themselves and possibly affecting Russian sovereign bonds, EU officials said on Wednesday. EU foreign ministers are expected to ask the executive European Commission on Thursday to prepare...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 28- New European Union sanctions against Russia could include further capital markets restrictions, making it harder for Russian companies to refinance themselves and possibly affecting Russian sovereign bonds and access to advanced technology for the oil and gas sectors, EU officials said on Wednesday. EU foreign ministers are set to ask the...

  • German automakers lobby for US-EU trade deal Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:31 AM ET

    BERLIN— German automakers are throwing their support behind a new trade deal being negotiated between the European Union and the United States. Representatives from major car manufacturers like Daimler, BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen lobbied Wednesday for the deal at an event in Berlin. Organizer Matthias Wissmann, of the German Association of the Automobile...

  • Car industry heads lobby to drop tariffs between EU, US Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 9:03 AM ET

    BERLIN, Jan 28- The heads of German car companies including BMW, Daimler and Audi lobbied politicians on Wednesday to reach a trade deal that could see tariffs dropped between the United States and the European Union. BMW boss Norbert Reithofer said around 40 percent of all cars produced are sold in Europe and the United States. Carmakers waste resources...

  • BRUSSELS, Jan 28- The European Union will extend by six months sanctions imposed on Russia last March over its annexation of Crimea, add new people to those under sanctions and prepare new measures, draft conclusions for an EU foreign ministers meeting showed. "In view of the worsening situation, the Council agrees to extend the restrictive measures targeting...

  • Greece rolls back austerity  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 6:32 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the newly-elected Greek leaders are hiking the country's minimum wage and rolling back deals that were part of the bailout agreement.

  • Euro has 'very serious flaws': Politician  Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 4:55 AM ET

    William Hague, leader of the House of Commons, says that he doesn't want the euro to fail, however the currency has some "very serious flaws."

  • The case for buying negative yield bonds Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 8:25 PM ET

    Buying negative-yield bonds -- or paying for the privilege of lending money -- may look like a sucker's game, but some see the opportunity for profits.

  • Battalions of bad earnings: Pro  Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 2:05 PM ET

    Dan Morris, Global Investment Strategist, TIAA-CREF, and Charles Bobrinskoy, Vice Chairman & Portfolio Manager, Ariel Investments, discuss what's causing such volatility in the markets, and when the Fed is likely to hike rates.

  • EU says near deal with Washington on derivatives rules Tuesday, 27 Jan 2015 | 12:42 PM ET

    LONDON, Jan 27- The European Union and the United States are poised to accept each other's rules on financial derivatives trading in a bid to prevent a global market that supports economic growth from fragmenting, a senior EU official said on Tuesday. The bulk of swaps are traded in London and New York and banks say the prospect of rule clashes is already...

  • CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including

  • LONDON, Jan 27- The European Union will put in place its "capital markets union" by 2019, starting with quick wins like encouraging direct investment in businesses, an EU document seen by Reuters showed. The document, co-written by EU financial services chief Jonathan Hill, sets out a timetable for the first time on a core policy plank of the European Commission to...

  • BRUSSELS— European Union leaders are threatening fresh sanctions against Russia because of what it sees as "growing support" of Moscow for separatists in eastern Ukraine during intensified fighting over the past days. The European Union has imposed a series of economic and political sanctions on Moscow and officials linked with last year's annexation of...