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  • European Markets     Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 6:08 AM ET

    CNBC's Guy Johnson takes a look at the markets in Europe and highlights the EU meeting.

  • Spanish Cajas in Talks With Hedge Funds Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 3:17 AM ET
    Spain

    Some of the world’s largest hedge funds and private equity groups have held talks with Spain’s troubled savings banks as they rush to secure €15 billion ($21.3 billion) in new capital to avoid a state bail-out, Financial Times reports.

  • Euro Stocks Set To Shrug Off Portugal at Start Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 2:03 AM ET

    European stocks are called to follow Asia and open higher on Friday, despite another ratings downgrade for Portugal, this time from Standard & Poor's.

  • Gartman: Central Banks Boosting Commodities?     Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 5:16 PM ET

    Reserves injected by the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank are going to gold and equities, rather than being used for timber, steel and copper down the road. Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, explains why it's happening.

  • Portugal Gov't Continues to Reject Bailout     Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 10:47 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on the Portugal government's rejection of a bailout.

  • Buffett's Bold Comments on Euro     Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 10:17 AM ET

    CNBC's Becky Quick has the details on Warren Buffett's bold comments on the Euro and his reinsurance business in India.

  • 'Ominous Sign' for Euro Zone Investors: Analyst Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 10:14 AM ET
    Euro coin in front of the giant symbol of the Euro outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank.

    Attempts by Germany to renegotiate the structure of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) just as markets believed things had been settled at the meeting of euro zone leaders last week are an "ominous sign," Simon Derrick, the head of research at Bank of New York Mellon, wrote in a market note.

  • Euro's Collapse Is Not 'Unthinkable': Warren Buffett Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 10:07 AM ET
    Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett told CNBC Thursday that the collapse of the euro zone's single currency is far from "unthinkable." "I know some people think it's unthinkable...I don't think its unthinkable," Buffett said.

  • Solving the Economic Crisis: Good Luck     Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 9:10 AM ET

    CNBC's Guy Johnson and Simon Hobbs take a look at the European financial crisis.

  • Debts Come Home To Roost for Socrates Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 4:40 AM ET
    Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates speaks during a press conference at Sao Bento Palace in Lisbon. Socrates warned his political opponents not to provoke a political crisis over planned austerity measures to solve the country's debt crisis.

    "Crito, we owe a rooster to Asclepius. Please, don't forget to pay the debt." According to Plato, these were the last words of the Greek philosopher Socrates, following his decision to drink poison rather than try and pay off the guards and escape from prison.

  • It's Now the Bond Vigilantes Vs. the Voters Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 3:16 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    Austerity and political longevity are clearly not correlated, following the fall of another euro-zone government.

  • EU Excels in Turning Victory into Defeat Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 3:04 AM ET
    lisbon portugal

    This was pegged as the summit to end all summits; the end of the euro-zone debt crisis; a clear road map for the future.

  • Germany Steps Away From European Unity Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 2:55 AM ET

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has deeply strained relations with allies in the European Union and the NATO alliance, raising new questions about Germany’s ability to play a global role in foreign policy, the New York Times reports.

  • Europe to Open Up Despite Portugal Woes Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 1:53 AM ET

    European stocks look set to open slightly higher on Thursday despite the resignation of Portugal's prime minister.

  • Busch: What the US Can Learn From the UK Budget Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 2:44 PM ET

    The budget presented by George Osborne, Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, is pro-growth and the closest to a "free lunch" available to create jobs, which will help the pound.

  • Events in Europe 'Coming to a Head': Bond Manager Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 12:57 PM ET

    The events in Europe are finally coming to a head, David Albrycht, executive managing director and portfolio manager of Virtus Investment Partners, told CNBC on Wednesday.

  • Europe's Moment of Truth     Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 12:00 PM ET

    Insight on the Fed's efforts to respond to community banks and a look at Portugal's debt crisis, with David Albrycht, Virtus Investment Partners.

  • Yoshikami: How to Outsmart Global Crises! Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 11:06 AM ET

    There is no shortage of challenges facing the world today and many investors are frozen waiting for clarity in these times of uncertainty. The problem is, in all likelihood, the world will not settle down any time soon and we will surely continue to see geopolitical shifts and unrest plaguing the investment world. So what are investors to do?

  • Japan Crisis Won't Derail ECB Rate Plans: Official Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The crisis in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of people will not have an effect on the European Central Bank's interest rate policy, Manfred Schepers, vice-president finance and chief financial officer for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, told CNBC.

  • Why Greece Can't Shoulder Debt, but Spain Can Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 3:33 AM ET

    Greece will have to restructure its debt, but Spain is out of the woods, according to former European Central Bank Board Member Otmar Issing.