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  • Back-Load Spending Cuts or Return to Crisis: Roubini Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 11:16 AM ET
    Nouriel Roubini

    The risks of debt deflation and disorderly sovereign and private-sector defaults are rising because policymakers are pressing ahead with spending cuts and raising taxes before seeing strong signs of an economic recovery, economist Nouriel Roubini wrote in a commentary piece for Project Syndicate.

  • Euro Stocks Look to Open Flat with Fed on Tap Tuesday, 14 Dec 2010 | 2:27 AM ET
    A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European investors were set to take a wait-and-see approach to start Tuesday, with indications of little change to major markets at the opening bell.

  • Busch: 5 Things You Need to Know Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 10:45 AM ET

    China’s inflation is soaring, Democrats in Congress are likely to pass the tax cut extension and spending bill, the FOMC meets this week, European Union leaders will also meet this week and what has everyone so bullish? Here's what you need to know for this week.

  • 'Snooty' Europhiles Owe Penitence: London Mayor Monday, 13 Dec 2010 | 10:25 AM ET
    Boris Johnson

    Europe was nowhere near ready for the euro when it was introduced in 1999 and the sovereign debt crisis has proven critics of a one-size-fits-all monetary policy right, London mayor Boris Johson wrote in an opinion piece for UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph on Monday.

  • Why German Economy Is Recovering Fast Than US Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 5:05 PM ET

    Perhaps there’s a lesson to be learned from the Germans whose economy has bounced back from the recession quicker that the US’s and who have a workforce that is, largely, working.

  • No Safe Assets In 'Soft & Fluffy' Europe: Janjuah Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 4:23 AM ET
    Flags of member states of the European Union.

    As German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meet in the small German town of Freiburg to discuss their next move in the euro-zone debt crisis, the market is still questioning what International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Khan calls the EU’s "piecemeal" response.

  • European Shares Set to Rise for 5th Session Friday, 10 Dec 2010 | 2:11 AM ET

    European shares looked set to extend their winning streak to a fifth session Friday as investor sentiment got a boost from positive economic data from the U.S.

  • EU Report: CDS Didn't Cause Sovereign Sell-Off Thursday, 9 Dec 2010 | 4:32 PM ET

    New developments on the EU debt trading speculation front.

  • Scenes From The European Protests Thursday, 9 Dec 2010 | 12:27 PM ET
    Austerity measures have been a major point of tension between European governments and their population, often resulting in violent clashes. Over the past several months, coordinated demonstrations have been held in nearly every European nation, protesting everything from taxes and a rising retirement age to cuts in benefits and inflated student costs. Here are scenes from the past several months of European protests, including the most recent demonstrations in the UK.

    Austerity measures have been a major point of tension between European governments and their population, often resulting in violent clashes.

  • 'You Can Do Great Business Staying Clean': Siemens CEO Thursday, 9 Dec 2010 | 9:32 AM ET

    In late 2006, the German engineering giant Siemens, one of world’s largest companies, was engulfed in a corruption scandal.

  • Euro Shares Set to Rise as Commodities Recover Thursday, 9 Dec 2010 | 2:09 AM ET

    European stocks looked set to continue the strong performance of the previous session at the open Thursday as commodities regained strength and boosted the major indexes.

  • Is There the Will to Save the Euro Zone? Wednesday, 8 Dec 2010 | 7:37 AM ET
    Euros at an angle

    Will the euro zone survive in its current form? Martin Wolf addresses this question by considering three more issues in the Financial Times.

  • European Shares to Open Lower; Focus on Ireland Wednesday, 8 Dec 2010 | 2:10 AM ET

    European stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday, with stocks poised to halt a week-long rally, mirroring a mixed session on Wall Street.

  • Some European Countries Are Bankrupt: Jim Rogers Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 7:00 AM ET
    Jim Rogers

    Some countries in Western Europe are bankrupt or are having serious liquidity problems and they should be allowed to restructure their debt, famous investor Jim Rogers told CNBC Tuesday.

  • How Can We Prevent a ‘Lost Generation’? Tuesday, 7 Dec 2010 | 2:28 AM ET

    The baby boomers will retire earlier and live longer, draining young people's income with their final salary pension schemes - something youth will find impossible to attain.

  • European stocks were seen rising on Tuesday, lifted by U.S. President Barack Obama's compromise deal to extend all Bush-era tax cuts for two years.

  • Europe's Leaders at Odds Over Joint Bond Plan Monday, 6 Dec 2010 | 4:30 AM ET
    Flags of member states of the European Union.

    Europe’s leaders face fresh splits over how to tackle the euro zone’s escalating crisis after being urged to create a vast market for joint European government bonds. The FT reports.

  • Europe Shares to Take Their Cue From US Jobs Data Friday, 3 Dec 2010 | 2:13 AM ET

    European shares are seen opening little changed Friday after Thursday's strong gains, with investors waiting for widely-watched US nonfarm payrolls data for near-term market direction.

  • Irish Banks Exposed to Euro Periphery Thursday, 2 Dec 2010 | 6:40 AM ET
    Dublin, Ireland

    Ireland’s banks are among the most exposed to some of the other weaker euro zone nations, in spite of the industry’s tiny network of foreign operations. The FT reports.

  • Fighting Youth Unemployment With Mobile Phones Thursday, 2 Dec 2010 | 2:25 AM ET

    As young people who've suffered directly from long-term unemployment, we're sure of one thing: youth joblessness is a massive challenge—but one that can be overcome through innovation.