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  • US Economic Strength Helps Boost Stocks Friday, 2 May 2008 | 9:11 AM ET

    The financial sector fueled a rally in European shares on Friday, which scored their third weekly gain, after U.S. jobs data suggested the world's largest economy was proving more resilient than expected.

  • Europe Preview: Enough of Credit Crunch! Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 1:35 PM ET

    I have been covering the credit crunch since around 8:30 cet on August the 9th 2007 when BNP Paribas was forced to announce problems at 3 of their biggest funds. Producing Squawk Box I remember Alchemy Partners Jon Moulton telling Geoff Cutmore that this would be just the start and he was right.

  • French Finance Minister Puts Pressure on ECB Monday, 28 Apr 2008 | 12:07 PM ET

    The disparity between U.S. and euro zone interest rates is starting to cause problems, French Economy Minister Christine Lagarde told CNBC Monday, adding that Europe’s rampant inflation will ease.

  • Europe Preview: Spring Forecast on the Way Friday, 25 Apr 2008 | 4:20 PM ET

    With the US heading for recession, the European Commissioner for Economic Monetary Affairs could be forgiven for lauding the strength of the European economy when he unveils his spring economic forecast on Monday.

  • Italy Scrambles to Keep Alitalia Flying Tuesday, 22 Apr 2008 | 6:54 AM ET

    The Italian government held emergency talks on Tuesday in a bid to keep Alitalia flying after Air France-KLM torpedoed hopes of reviving its failed takeover of the ailing Italian carrier.

  • ECB Hints at Rate Rise if Inflation Stays High Saturday, 19 Apr 2008 | 11:36 AM ET

    Wage and fiscal policy in the euro zone could buoy inflation and the European Central Bank may need to act on interest rates, ECB policymaker Axel Weber said in a newspaper interview released on Saturday.

  • Euro Zone Inflation Rises, Euro Hits Record High Wednesday, 16 Apr 2008 | 6:47 AM ET

    Surging energy and food prices pushed euro zone inflation to a new high of 3.6 percent in March, boosting the euro to a record high against the dollar on fading chances of a ECB rate cut in the near term.

  • Berlusconi Wins Third Term as Italy's PM Monday, 14 Apr 2008 | 7:00 PM ET

    Conservative billionaire Silvio Berlusconi won a third term as Italy's prime minister on Monday with an unexpectedly strong mandate for reform, but warned of tough times ahead for a country facing deep economic problems.

  • Markets End in Red, But Well Off Day's Lows Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 11:58 AM ET

    European stocks ended lower for the third straight session on Thursday but well off the day's lows as strong gains on Wall Street sparked a late recovery, eclipsing fears of more asset writedowns in the banking sector.

  • ECB Holds Interest Rates at 4% Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 8:46 AM ET

    The European Central Bank kept rates on hold at 4 percent, as expected, on Thursday, sticking to its mandate to fight inflation at any cost. Economists now think the possibility of monetary easing is more likely as late as the fourth quarter.

  • Fed Bashed, ECB Spared in Finger-Pointing Match Thursday, 10 Apr 2008 | 3:55 AM ET

    Wall Street banks are the first to be blamed for the credit crunch. Central banks come a close second, but as the Federal Reserve's image is suffering, the European Central Bank looks as solid as a rock.

  • Cut Rates? The ECB Won't Hear of It Wednesday, 9 Apr 2008 | 7:43 AM ET

    The European Central Bank's mission to fight inflation prevents it from worrying about economic weakness. But an abrupt slowdown could anger politicians and endanger the central bank's very mandate.

  • European Shares End Lower, Banks Drag Tuesday, 8 Apr 2008 | 1:07 PM ET

    European shares snapped a two-day winning streak to end Tuesday 1 percent lower, led down by banks on persistent worries of more losses from a global credit crisis, and by weakness in technology shares.

  • Poll: Would You Use a Mobile Phone on an Airplane? Monday, 7 Apr 2008 | 12:13 PM ET

    The European Union is unveiling plans Monday to allow passengers on flights in European airspace to use mobile telephones.

  • Former UBS Chief Lobbies for Big Change Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 1:45 PM ET

    A breakup of Swiss bank UBS would not be possible at the moment but it should be thoroughly restructured to bring it back on course, Luqman Arnold, chairman of investment company Olivant and former president of UBS, told CNBC Europe.

  • European Stocks Head for Another Shaky Ride Friday, 4 Apr 2008 | 1:31 PM ET

    Deepening concern over the state of the U.S. economy and its impact on Europe will lead to further uncertainty in European stock markets next week, as investors look to interest-rate decisions from major central banks for reassurance.

  • Euro Zone Retail Sales Fall, Spark Economy Worries Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 9:55 AM ET

    Euro zone retail sales turned out much weaker than expected in February, contracting on the back of falls in Germany and Spain and reinforcing concerns about the outlook for economic growth.

  • Euro-Zone Services Activity Slowed in March Thursday, 3 Apr 2008 | 5:40 AM ET

    Euro zone services growth slowed further last month as the credit crunch tightened its grip, while price pressures hit a 9-month high, according to final data from a survey of businesses published on Thursday.

  • Recession on its way for Europe? Wednesday, 2 Apr 2008 | 7:45 AM ET

    The $19 billlion writedown at UBS has cheered some investors who think that the worst of the credit crunch is now over. But the European Central Bank still faces the prospect of falling growth and rising prices.

  • Europe's First Quarter by the Numbers Sunday, 30 Mar 2008 | 4:33 PM ET

    A look at the data and happenings that shaped the first quarter for European businesses and markets.