CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including questions about if the ECB will launch QE and the euro's gains were erased by Ukraine tensions» Read More
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.
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.
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 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.
The European Union is unveiling plans Monday to allow passengers on flights in European airspace to use mobile telephones.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
A look at the data and happenings that shaped the first quarter for European businesses and markets.
After a dismal first quarter, investors look forward to what the spring has in store; but apart from a new gold rush and the euro rising further, there seems to be little to anticipate.
European stocks closed slightly lower Friday, as hopes for a near-term interest rate cut from the European Central Bank diminished on signs of growing inflation pressures in the euro zone.
The world's largest takeover of a power company drew nearer a close on Friday as E.ON agreed to buy parts of Endesa from the Spanish utility's new owners for 11.8 billion euros ($18.6 billion).
Alitalia's unions in a joint statement on Friday sharply criticised Air France-KLM's modified plan on job cuts, but said they planned to attend a Monday meeting with the two carriers' management.
Euro zone price pressures are "alarmingly high," threatening medium-term price stability, and first quarter growth in the bloc could exceed expectations, European Central Bank officials said on Friday.
The interbank cost of borrowing three-month dollar, sterling and euro funds rose on Tuesday, according to the British Bankers Association's latest daily fixing, despite central banks continuing to pump funds into the money market.
The European Central Bank lent euro zone banks an extra 15 billion euros on Thursday to tide them over the Easter holiday period, although banks bid for four times as much.
China's Ping An Insurance Co deepened its ties with Belgian-Dutch financial group Fortis on Wednesday by buying half its asset management business for 2.15 billion euros ($3.4 billion).
European Central Bank Executive Board members stressed on Tuesday the role of the ECB as a guardian of price stability, giving the strong euro only scant mention.