• LISBON, Portugal— The fate of the European Central Bank's aggressive plan to stimulate the economy out of stagnation lies with the 340 million people in the 19- country euro alliance. The ECB plans to pump more than 1 trillion euros in new money into the region's economy. —Mario Polegato, billionaire chairman of Italian shoe company Geox SpA:.

  • *Disease outbreaks high on Davos agenda after Ebola. DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan 23- The worst-ever Ebola epidemic is waning, but after ravaging three West African nations and spreading fear from Dallas to Madrid, it has hammered home the message that the world needs a better detective system for emerging diseases. Risks posed by pandemic threats such as deadly...

  • HONG KONG— Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka- shing's flagship company said Friday it's offering about $15 billion for the British business of European mobile phone operator Telefonica. Hutchison Whampoa Ltd., which already owns British mobile operator Three, said in a statement that it has been in "exclusive negotiations" with Telefonica SA over the past several...

  • SAO PAULO/ BRASILIA, Jan 22- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's crusade to win back investor confidence has entrusted policymakers with the tough mission of hiking interest rates while major central banks cut them, raising the prospect of another recession in Latin America's biggest economy. The move left the Brazilian central bank at odds with the...

  • Spain: Unemployment stuck at 23.7 percent in Q4 Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 11:27 AM ET

    MADRID— Spain's unemployment rate remained stuck at 23.7 percent in the fourth quarter ending in December compared with the previous three-month period, marking an end to a series of joblessness rate declines throughout 2014, the government's statistics agency said Thursday. The National Statistics Institute put the total number of unemployed at a...

  • The Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase ranked 300 major cities worldwide for economic performance last year.

  • Here are the world’s top-earning soccer teams Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 11:44 PM ET

    Real Madrid topped the soccer money-making league last season, with the U.K.’s Manchester United coming in second, says a new report from Deloitte.

  • Deadly attacks could have lasting impact on Paris tourism Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 8:50 AM ET

    *Paris hotel occupancy rates down and still falling- MKG. PARIS, Jan 21- The deadly attacks in Paris earlier this month could have a lasting impact on tourism if anti- France protests that have swept the Muslim world lead wealthy Arabs to shun the city. But hospitality research firm MKG Group fears a longer-term impact in Paris after satirical magazine Charlie...

  • *Deal to help Dalian diversify, expand in entertainment. BEIJING, Jan 21- China's biggest property conglomerate, Dalian Wanda Group Co, has bought 20 percent of Spanish soccer champions Atletico Madrid for 45 million euros, becoming the first Mainland company to invest in a premier European club. Under terms of the investment, Dalian will spend an additional 15...

  • WELLINGTON, New Zealand— Staying hidden behind sea ice and large waves, sailors aboard a navy patrol boat from New Zealand sneaked up on three suspected poaching ships, then took photos and video of the fishermen hauling in prized fish in banned nets from the ocean near Antarctica. It is a huge illegal business: Each of the ships could hold more than $1 million worth...

  • *Dalian Wanda to buy 20 percent stake for 45 mln euros. Dalian Wanda said it had agreed to buy a 20 percent share in Atletico, as China's biggest property group seeks to expand overseas and diversify its business away from a weak domestic real estate market. Dalian Wanda is the parent of Hong Kong- listed Dalian Wanda Commercial Properties Co Ltd..

  • Europe looks ahead to ECB QE  Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 | 11:26 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including ECB QE on Thursday and the Greek elections on Sunday.

  • MADRID— Spanish energy company Repsol says it has ended oil and gas exploration off the Canary Islands after analysis showed there were insufficient finds to merit extraction. Repsol YPF S.A. said Friday its surveys showed the presence of gas but not enough volume or quality to merit extraction. Repsol said no further exploratory activity would be carried in...

  • Swiss abandons peg on franc  Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 11:30 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs takes a look at how European markets are responding to the Swiss central bank's foreign exchange move.

  • Alfred Bosch, Spanish member of parliament for the ERC party and Barcelona mayoral candidate, says Catalonia does not "fit" in Spain and the people should be able to vote for independence.

  • Spain could outgrow our forecast: Economy minister  Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 2:30 AM ET

    Iñigo Fernández de Mesa, Spain's economy minister, says the government's growth forecast may be conservative and a falling oil price and weak euro might help the country beat forecasts.

  • We need QE to stimulate growth: Ex-Spain PM  Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 1:15 AM ET

    José María Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain, says the European Central Bank will inevitably take unconventional monetary policy measures at its next meeting.

  • European markets close: Copper slammed  Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 11:24 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today, including the major hit to copper and London's market.

  • World Bank cuts 2015 forecast  Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    CNBC's Seema Mody reports there's lots of speculation about the ECB ahead of next week's big meeting.

  • Why investors should bet on Spain in 2015  Wednesday, 14 Jan 2015 | 2:45 AM ET

    Antonio Hormigos, head of Spanish equities at Mirabaud Asset Management, says Spanish companies are "healthy," with banks likely to be a good investment.