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  • Portugal Prepares to Be Market Focus After Ireland Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 6:37 AM ET
    Portugal

    Portugal is bracing for an increase in speculative trades against it as some investors expect it to be the next European nation to need a bailout now that Ireland is taking a massive loan to prop up its banks.

  • European Shares to Open Lower on Korean Jitters Tuesday, 23 Nov 2010 | 2:21 AM ET

    European stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Tuesday, as investors were rattled by mounting tensions in the Korean peninsula.

  • Farrell: Since When Does the US Take Lip Like That?! Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 10:01 AM ET

    Doing what other US officials should have been doing all along, the Force, otherwise known as Gentle Ben, struck back last week and defended US monetary policy. But more importantly, in a very nice way, he told other nations to look to their own houses andback off on the criticism of the US.

  • For Russia's Poor, Blond Hair Is Snippet of Gold Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 7:13 AM ET
    Paris goes green!

    The road into town is a potholed track, passing villages of log cabins and fallow fields that speak to the poverty that has gripped this part of central Russia for as long as anyone can remember. The New York Times reports.

  • UK to Water Down Bank Bonus Rules Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 4:37 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    George Osborne is set to water down plans to force disclosure of bank bonus payments above £1 million, in a move that will delight the City but sets up a political clash with business secretary Vince Cable and the Liberal Democrats, reports the Financial Times.

  • European Shares to Rally on News of Irish Bailout Monday, 22 Nov 2010 | 2:04 AM ET

    European shares looked set to open sharply higher Monday as a deal to bail out Ireland from its debt problems was reached at the weekend.

  • Dublin, Ireland

    As Irish and European officials engaged in tense talks over the terms of a multibillion dollar rescue package, Ireland’s Prime Minister Brian Cowen sais its low corporate tax rate and four-year budget plan, the New York Times reports.

  • Obama in Portugal; Meets With EU, NATO Partners Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 11:00 AM ET

    Back on the world stage for crucial talks, President Barack Obama on Friday quickly found European leaders more willing to question a president weakened at home and rebuffed abroad.

  • What Ireland Can Learn From Latvia's Fate Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 10:43 AM ET

    CNBC's Anna Edwards discusses how Ireland can learn a few lessons from Latvia. Eastern Europe throws up some fascinating examples that Dublin might like to study as Ireland battles to keep its fiscal independence, she says.

  • Did Austerity Manage to Save Eastern Europe? Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 10:09 AM ET

    CNBC went on the road this week to Central and Eastern Europe, a region that a year and a half ago was sending shockwaves through markets as some analysts were predicting its collapse.

  • UK PM's Aide Resigns After Glossing Over Austerity Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 9:06 AM ET

    A senior adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron resigned on Friday after saying most Britons had "never had it so good" even though many face benefit cuts or unemployment due to a public spending squeeze.

  • As Dublin moves toward accepting a European Union bailout, the attention is shifting towards Portugal as possibly the next victim of Europe's debt crisis.

  • Greece Needs Deflation to Be Saved: Economist Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 5:11 AM ET

    Greece needs to go through a period of deflation to return to competitiveness and ensure sustainable growth, John Sfakianakis, group chief economist at Banque Saudi Fransi, told CNBC Friday.

  • Time to Buy Irish Bonds: Economist Friday, 19 Nov 2010 | 2:17 AM ET
    Dublin, Ireland

    Investors should buy Irish sovereign debt as an expected European Union bailout will boost prices, Bob McKee, chief economist at Independent Strategy, told CNBC Thursday.

  • A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European shares are indicated to open flat Friday, ahead of a conference at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt where Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet will both speak.

  • Palin Says She Could Beat Obama in 2012 Election Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 12:41 PM ET
    Sarah Palin

    Sarah Palin says she could defeat President Barack Obama if she were to seek the White House in 2012,  according to the transcript of an interview with ABC News.

  • European Shares Seen Tracking Asian Stocks Higher Thursday, 18 Nov 2010 | 2:20 AM ET

    European shares looked set to open higher Thursday, tracking gains in Asia and on optimism that the situation in Ireland will be resolved.

  • For the Markets, Fed Stimulus Has Become Yesterday's News Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 2:09 PM ET
    A trader at the New York Stock Exchange.

    "The focus has shifted from QE2," says one market pro. "QE2 was supposed to send the dollar down. Instead it's going up. Interest rates were supposed to go down. Instead they've gone up."

  • European Shares to Open Mixed; Irish Fears Persist Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 2:32 AM ET

    European shares were set to open mixed Wednesday as worries over the debt situation in the euro zone persist and fears of monetary tightening in China because of the danger of inflation increased.

  • European Shares to Open Lower; Ireland Still in Focus Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 | 2:13 AM ET
    Trader at London Stock Exchange, England.

    European shares were set to open lower on Tuesday as fears Dublin could seek money for its stricken banks from an EU emergency fund linger among investors.