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  • CDSs Will Come Under Close Scrutiny: EU's Barnier Thursday, 1 Apr 2010 | 8:36 AM ET

    Credit default swaps (CDS) will be looked at closely to ensure transparency but they aren't necessarily going to be banned, EU Financial markets commissioner Michel Barnier told CNBC.

  • Greek Debt Chief: EU Deal Talk Hurt More than Helped Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010 | 9:03 AM ET

    The talk around the deal agreed by EU leaders to support Greece in case it needs more liquidity hurt the country more than it helped, Petros Christodoulou, director general of Greece's Public Debt Management Agency, told CNBC.

  • Europe In for More Nasty Surprises: Chief Investor Tuesday, 30 Mar 2010 | 7:35 AM ET
    Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    Of all the regions in the world, Bhaskar Laxminarayan, chief investment officer at Pictet Asia, told CNBC he has the least confidence in Europe right now and warned that there could be more negative surprises coming out of the region.

  • German Victory in Brussels Blows Away EU Illusions Monday, 29 Mar 2010 | 2:25 AM ET
    Euro bills and coins

    If EU nations want to sustain a currency union with Germany, they have to implement economic and budgetary changes that bring their performance into alignment with Germany, according to Marc Ostwald, strategist at Monument Securities.

  • ECB's Weber Says Current Rate Levels Appropriate Sunday, 28 Mar 2010 | 11:07 AM ET
    Flags of member states of the European Union.

    European Central Bank Governing Council member Axel Weber said current interest rate  levels are appropriate, signaling that the central bank will stick to low rates for some time, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Sunday.

  • Murdoch's UK Papers to Charge for Web Access Friday, 26 Mar 2010 | 9:24 AM ET

    The Times and The Sunday Times newspapers will begin charging for Internet access to content in June, offering subscriptions at 1 pound ($1.48) a day or 2 pounds a week, News International announced Friday.

  • Tough Love of IMF May Shock Greece Thursday, 25 Mar 2010 | 6:03 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    If Greece believes the easiest way out of its financial crisis would be with the help of the International Monetary Fund instead of its European neighbors, it could be in for an unpleasant surprise.

  • Hobbs: Why Angela Merkel is Playing With Fire Tuesday, 23 Mar 2010 | 10:39 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Opinion polls suggest Angel Merkel’s coalition will lose control of the German Senate in regional elections on May 9. No wonder she wants to fire a populist shot at voters. But in refusing to underwrite a few billion euros of Greek debt the Chancellor is playing with fire.

  • CEO Blog: Our Greatest New Threat Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 1:05 PM ET

    The threat is no longer low-cost manufacturing; it’s high-tech and ideas. And the proof? As of this year, China has overtaken Germany as the world’s biggest exporter. And it’s not limited to less expensive products.

  • EU Chief Calls for Quick Deal to Help Greece Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 7:45 AM ET
    Flags of member states of the European Union.

    European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says the EU needs to agree as soon as possible on a mechanism to support Greece financially if needed.

  • Alan Greenspan

    In his most detailed examination of the causes of the financial crisis, Alan Greenspan, the former Federal Reserve chairman, acknowledges that the Fed failed to grasp the magnitude of the housing bubble but argued that its policy of low interest rates from 2002 to 2005 did not cause the bubble.

  • UK Public Sector Debt at 60% of GDP in February Thursday, 18 Mar 2010 | 6:45 AM ET

    Public sector debt in the United Kingdom climbed above 60 percent of GDP in February as government agencies borrowed another 12.4 billion pounds ($19 billion), the Office for National Statistics said Thursday.

  • Stocks Finish Higher as Fed Gives Market Lift Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 4:02 PM ET

    Stocks picked up again in the final hour of trading after the Federal Reserve said it would continue to keep interest rates low for "an extended period."

  • Futures Higher Ahead of Fed; Housing Helps Tuesday, 16 Mar 2010 | 8:41 AM ET

    Stock index futures remained true to recent form before the bell Tuesday, little changed compared with fair value ahead of the Federal Reserve's decision on interest rates later in the day.

  • Germany’s trade surpluses built on holding down labor costs may be unsustainable for the other countries in the eurozone, France’s finance minister said in an unusually blunt warning to Berlin.

  • Gerendasi: Russia And The Emerging 7 Friday, 12 Mar 2010 | 9:50 AM ET

    The economies to watch now are the "Emerging Seven"...Their combined gross domestic product could overtake that of the G7 this decade and open up a 30 percent lead by 2030, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers forecast. But what will Russia look like in 2030?

  • Europe is looking (maybe) to form a Eurozone Monetary Fund with powers similar to the International Monetary Fund.

  • Morici: Greece's Tragedy and Naked Swaps Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 10:23 AM ET

    It never ceases to amaze how political leaders can shamelessly blame free markets and faceless speculators for the consequences of their lousy financial decisions.

  • UK Pound Faces Bigger Plunge: Analyst Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 8:40 AM ET

    Markets generally remain way too optimistic over the economic recovery, but the UK has the potential for the biggest disappointment with the pound set to slide as low as $1.31 by year end, Hans Redeker, global head of foreign exchange at BNP Paribas, said Tuesday.

  • Greece to Go to IMF if EU Refuses Aid: Report Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 7:31 AM ET

    Greece is likely to formally ask the European Union for financial aid if the cost of borrowing does not fall in coming weeks and, if it doesn't get it, may go to the International Monetary Fund, Greek government officials told Dow Jones Newswires.