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  • Ratings Agencies or Swaps: Who D'ya Trust? Thursday, 25 Mar 2010 | 9:45 AM ET
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    The risk of default for Greek debt is priced much higher than that of Eastern European countries like Romania or Turkey. But Greece is rated investment grade while the two Black Sea countries are rated below investment grade.

  • Britons Cling to Services, Despite Debt Thursday, 25 Mar 2010 | 7:31 AM ET
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    Britain operates one of the largest welfare states in Europe. And that, it seems, is just fine with many of the British.

  • Germany Indicates that IMF Should Aid Greece Friday, 19 Mar 2010 | 6:22 AM ET
    View over the caldera of Santorini in Greece.

    After weeks of backing a European rescue for the financially troubled Greece, Germany shifted course on Thursday, signaling that help should come from the International Monetary Fund rather than Greece’s neighbors, the New York Times reported.

  • Hybrid Vehicles Go High-End Monday, 8 Mar 2010 | 5:54 PM ET
    Affordable vehicles from the likes of Toyota and Ford have been ruling the hybrid market. But at this year's Geneva International Auto Show, a number of luxury brands such as Ferrari and Porsche have unveiled concept and experimental hybrids. Take a look at what the future luxury hybrid might look like.

    This year's Geneva International Motor Show, a number of luxury brands debuted concept and experimental hybrids. Take a look at what the future luxury hybrid might look like.

  • IMF Help for Greece Is a Risky Prospect Friday, 5 Mar 2010 | 11:22 AM ET
    Demonstrators shout slogans against government's recent austerity economy measures during a protest in Athens.

    Greece skirted disaster this week by persuading investors and politicians that it is finally on track to fix its finances. But even before the dust settles, the government is setting the stage for a potential conflict with Germany, France and other European governments that may raise doubts about the sustainability of the euro project.

  • Russian Billionaire Loses $54 Million Deposit Wednesday, 3 Mar 2010 | 12:09 PM ET
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    Call it the worst escrow ever. Mikhail Prokhorov, Russia's $9 billion nickel magnate, is out nearly $56 million. His deal to buy a massive villa on the French Riviera fell through.

  • Buffett on making "dumb deals." This is part five of the transcript and video of Warren Buffett's 'Ask Warren' appearance on CNBC's Squawk Box on Monday, March 1, 2010.  Topics include: Buffett's view on Kraft's acquisition of Cadbury, global warming, Goldman Sachs, Moody's, and Greece's debt problem.

  • From BRIC to BIC: What Happened to Russia? Monday, 1 Mar 2010 | 11:11 AM ET

    In talking with global investors and in my recent trip to Davos for the World Economic Forum, I found that people are hardly even talking about Russia anymore. They’ve dropped the ”R“ to the point where it’s become the BIC nations.

  • Banks Bet Greece Defaults on Debt They Helped Hide Thursday, 25 Feb 2010 | 8:48 AM ET
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    Bets by some of the same banks that helped Greece shroud its mounting debts may actually now be pushing the nation closer to the brink of financial ruin, the New York Times reported.

  • Carlsberg Shuns America; Looks to E. Europe, Asia Tuesday, 23 Feb 2010 | 9:56 AM ET
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    Carlsberg is one of the world's largest makers of beer, but the Danish firm has no plans to expand into the American markets, preferring instead to tie its growth targets to Eastern Europe and Asia.

  • Georgia Is Emerging from its 'Perfect Storm': President Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 | 4:54 AM ET

    Georgia suffered a double shock in the summer of 2008 as it entered a brief war with Russia just before the collapse of Lehman Brothers signaled the start of the global economic crisis. But the troubled country is now putting its tough times behind it, Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Greek Rescue Issue Is As Much About E.U. As Greece Thursday, 11 Feb 2010 | 10:24 AM ET
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    Resolving the Greek debt mess is about more than the financial crisis and fiscal responsibility, say experts. It's also about keeping Europe together.

  • EU Searches For Political Answer to Economic Problem Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | 5:19 PM ET
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    The European Union is wrestling with complex political considerations as much as economic ones that are likely to play a pivotal role in the timing and shape of any aid package to resolve the Greek debt crisis, experts say.

  • Baltic Poor Take Austerity Measures on Chin Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | 6:19 AM ET
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    As financial markets panic about the risks to the euro from laxer governments in southern Europe, the northern Baltic states are already in tight fiscal bandages as they experience Europe's most severe recession.

  • Busch: US Crisis Lesson For Europe Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | 10:57 AM ET

    Case in point, it seems the IMF is the only body that may have the legal capability to assist these countries in their time of need. This reminds me of something, what is it?

  • Roubini: It Would Take a Crisis to Change Russia Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | 6:26 AM ET
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    It would take a sharp fall in the price of oil or another crisis to change Russia's economic system for the long term, Nouriel Roubini, economist and New York University Professor, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Inside the BRIC's Enigmatic 'R' Thursday, 4 Feb 2010 | 3:20 AM ET
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    Russia is still one of the most enigmatic, complex and confusing countries on this planet. It is a country that ever since the break down of the Soviet Union in 1991 has been promising modernization, promising to invest in new technologies and promising to reduce its economic dependence on its vast natural resources.

  • 2010 Top Risks Monday, 4 Jan 2010 | 4:41 PM ET

    Expect 2010 to be much more turbulent year geopolitically speaking than last year, according to the latest report out by Eurasia Group.

  • Latvia's Economy Sheds a Fifth of Its Value Wednesday, 9 Dec 2009 | 7:49 AM ET

    Latvia's economy shed 19 percent of its value in the third quarter compared with a year earlier, the country's statistics agency said Wednesday, highlighting the woes in the European Union's worst economy.

  • Who Is Dubai Contagion Likely to Affect Most? Tuesday, 1 Dec 2009 | 7:01 AM ET
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