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  • Fire Bernanke, Hire Trichet: Jim Rogers Friday, 29 Aug 2008 | 6:01 AM ET

    The head of the European Central Bank should be running the Federal Reserve because he is doing a better job at protecting his economy, investor Jim Rogers, CEO of Rogers Holdings, told "Squawk Box Europe" on Friday.

  • Russia Could Strike Poland Over US Shield: Report Saturday, 16 Aug 2008 | 6:25 AM ET

    A top Russian general on Friday said Poland's deal with the United States to set up parts of a missile defence shield on Polish territory lays it open to a possible military strike, a Russian news agency reported.

  • Poll: What's More Important for the Euro-Zone Economy? Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 | 12:37 PM ET

    The European Central Bank is widely expected to keep interest rate on hold Thursday, but is monetary policy really the most important thing for the future of the Euro-Zone economy?

  • 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.

  • Euro Zone May Trade Gap Wider Than Expected Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | 5:14 AM ET

    The euro zone posted an unadjusted trade deficit much wider than expected in May as imports grew at more than double the rate of exports, data showed on Friday.

  • Ireland is still a good place to invest and can compete globally despite the country's recent rejection of the Lisbon Treaty and stalling economic growth, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen told CNBC.

  • M&S Shareholders' Anger Targets Bras, Dresses Thursday, 10 Jul 2008 | 11:47 AM ET

    Marks & Spencer's top dog Stuart Rose faced the wrath of investors at the company's AGM yesterday – but not necessarily for merging the roles of chairman and CEO or for profit warnings.

  • Will the BoE Keep Writing Letters? Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 12:36 PM ET

    The Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee will find itself in no easier position on Thursday, as it meets again to decide on UK interest rates. With rising inflation and falling growth, there seems no alternative but to wait, see and keep writing letters. 

  • EU Opens Probe in BHP Billiton Bid for Rio Tinto Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | 1:23 PM ET

    The European Commission opened an in-depth investigation on Friday into BHP Billiton's $170 billion unsolicited bid for rival miner Rio Tinto, with prices of iron ore already soaring.

  • European Central Bank Rate Decision Timeline Wednesday, 2 Jul 2008 | 9:59 AM ET

    This is a timeline of the European Central Bank's rate decisions from 2007 to date.

  • 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.

  • Looking to Diversify in Europe? Here's How Monday, 30 Jun 2008 | 3:44 AM ET

    More and more U.S. investors are moving money across the pond, looking for opportunities within the European Union which  makes up 25 percent of the total global stock market capitalization of around $55 trillion.

  • EU's Mandelson Sees Russia WTO Deal in 2008 Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 3:31 AM ET

    Agreement can be reached by the end of this year on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), but rows over the trade in meat and timber need to be resolved, the European Union's trade chief said.

  • Despite Irish Vote, the Euro Remains Strong Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 10:57 AM ET

    Ireland’s rejection of the Lisbon Treaty has plunged Europe into a familiar bout of hand-wringing about the future of its grand experiment in political and economic integration. But the angst has not spilled into the currency markets, where the euro rose against the dollar Monday, according to the New York Times.

  • EU Stumbles on Buying Microsoft Alternatives Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 6:51 AM ET
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    The European Commission, a thorn in Microsoft's side for its antitrust campaigns against the software giant, is falling short in its own internal attempt to promote more competition in the technology sector.

  • Euro Zone Swings to Trade Surplus in April Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 6:06 AM ET

    The euro zone unexpectedly swung to a trade surplus in April from a deficit in March, data showed on Tuesday, as the region's strong currency failed to subdue exports and imports expanded quickly.

  • Europeans Go Online to Stop ECB Rate Hike Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 3:25 AM ET

    An online petition urging the European Central Bank not to raise interest rates in July is gaining ground, with people from France, Spain, Italy but also from English-speaking countries adding their signatures.

  • With Irish 'No' Votes Rising, What Next for the EU? Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 9:16 AM ET

    Lunchtime on Friday 13th in Dublin and it looks to be unlucky for some. The results are still being counted, but early reports certainly suggest that the 'No' side has done better than it had hoped.

  • Harsh Words for Microsoft Technology Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 11:41 AM ET

    The European Union’s competition commissioner, Neelie Kroes, delivered an unusually blunt rebuke to Microsoft on Tuesday by recommending that businesses and governments use software based on open standards.

  • Europeans Protest Rocketing Fuel Prices Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 8:16 AM ET

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