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  • 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.

  • European Central Bank Rate Decision Timeline Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 3:50 AM ET

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

  • Poll: Should Britain Adopt the Euro? Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 2:31 AM ET

    The European Central Bank's 10th anniversary may have been marred by high inflation, but the euro's show of strength over the past nine months has been impressive.

  • Lady EUROpa and the Monetary Bull Friday, 16 May 2008 | 11:15 AM ET

    - Notes from an ECB groupie's travelog -

  • EU Wary of Google Map Service Invading Privacy Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 7:08 AM ET

    The ability of Google's map service to put detailed street-level images on the Internet could raise concerns in Europe if it was introduced there, the EU's data protection agency said on Thursday.

  • Europe Comeback: Germany Drives Euro-Zone Growth Thursday, 15 May 2008 | 5:48 AM ET

    Germany posted the strongest economic growth since 1996 in the first quarter of 2008, leading the euro zone's GDP to rebound more than expected in the first quarter.

  • Poll: Are Execs Simply Paid Too Much? Tuesday, 13 May 2008 | 4:40 AM ET

    Top managers' perks will figure high on the agenda of tonight's meeting of euro zone ministers, the Eurogroup, in Brussels, with many European officials calling for curbs on bonuses and pay, papers reported on Tuesday.

  • European Central Bank Rate Decision Timeline Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 9:22 AM ET

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