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  • Czech center-left wins. Now for the hard part Saturday, 26 Oct 2013 | 12:58 PM ET
    A voter casts ballot as others stand in line during the first day of the Czech early election on October 25, 2013 in Prague, Czech Republic.

    Czech Social Democrats won a slim victory in a parliamentary election on Saturday but now face the tough task forming a government.

  • Why Europe may detour the shale revolution Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 | 12:51 PM ET
    A Romanian protester holds a banner reading in Romanian "STOP shale gas exploits" during a protest against the shale gas exploition in Barlad city, 250 kilometers northeast of Bucharest. (DANIEL MIHAILESCU/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chevron halted fracking on a Romanian well after a protest. The EU said it is committed to less dependency on fossil fuels. The Oilprice.com reports.

  • Azerbaijan releases election results...before election Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 4:09 AM ET

    Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev was elected to serve a third term on Wednesday evening but voting was marred by local media reports that suggested the results were released even before the polls opened.

  • Slovenia reaching 'tipping point' as bailout looms Wednesday, 9 Oct 2013 | 8:08 AM ET
    Ljubljana, Slovenia

    Fears that struggling euro zone country Slovenia are closer to asking for an international bailout re-emerged this week with lawmakers warning that the country might soon not be able to fund itself.

  • Experts dispute Serbia’s ‘bankruptcy’ scare Monday, 7 Oct 2013 | 10:43 AM ET

    After Serbia's deputy prime minister told local TV his country faced bankruptcy, analysts were quick to point out that Serbia actually has sufficient funding to last through 2013.

  • Five years after Lehman, world is hoarding cash Sunday, 6 Oct 2013 | 9:37 AM ET

    Five years after Lehman Brothers collapsed, families in major countries around the world are still too spooked to take chances with their money.

  • Recent euro zone data spurs optimism: Pro     Tuesday, 3 Sep 2013 | 8:52 PM ET

    Robert Prior-Wandesforde, Director of Asia Economics at Credit Suisse explains why his thoughts on Europe are changing given the global economic backdrop.

  • Radiation readings at Japan plant spike Sunday, 1 Sep 2013 | 3:12 AM ET
    Officials at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in northern Japan

    Radiation near a tank holding highly contaminated water at Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has spiked 18-fold, the plant's operator said on Sunday.

  • World's best performing frontier markets Friday, 30 Aug 2013 | 5:43 AM ET

    As emerging markets continue to fall from grace, their less high-profile frontier peers are stealing some of the spotlight. Interested, but not sure where to look next? Click ahead to see which frontier markets are the top performers.

  • Turkey's struggling currency hit a new all-time low against the dollar on Tuesday after Erdem Basci, the central bank's president said he had no concerns over current exchange rates.

  • Obama weighs up options after Syria gas attack Saturday, 24 Aug 2013 | 11:00 PM ET

    U.S. military and national security advisers huddled with President Barack Obama at the White House on Saturday to consider options for responding to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government this week.

  • Combating 21st century slavery     Friday, 16 Aug 2013 | 1:45 AM ET

    Anthony Steen, former Conservative MP and chairman of the Human Trafficking Foundation, tells CNBC that the number of trafficking victims found in Britain increases every month.

  • Europe's slowdown forces Finland to turn to Russia Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 | 5:56 AM ET

    After decades of pursuing trade with western Europe, Finland is becoming dependent on Russia again as that country's burgeoning middle class and wealthy investors provide opportunities for growth lacking in recession-hit Europe.

  • Banks cut 5,500 branches across Europe in 2012 Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 | 5:34 AM ET

    Banks cut 5,500 branches across the European Union last year, 2.5 percent of the total, leaving the region with 20,000 fewer outlets than it had when the financial industry was plunged into crisis in 2008.

  • Nissan goes on a cheap-car push in India Sunday, 14 Jul 2013 | 2:17 AM ET

    Nissan Motor takes the veil off the first car in its resurrected Datsun brand in New Delhi on Monday, part of a foray by the Japanese auto maker into cheap cars for emerging markets.

  • Why Are CEE Markets So Heavily Sold Off?     Monday, 8 Jul 2013 | 3:15 AM ET

    Michael Buhl, CEO of the CEE Stock Exchange, tells CNBC that the central European countries are back to fundamentals.

  • Why Putin Likes a Long Airport Stay for Snowden Wednesday, 3 Jul 2013 | 11:28 AM ET

    The longer Russia can keep perpetuating the Snowden confusion, the better for them.

  • Jobless Spanish Nurses Jump at Dutch Opportunities Thursday, 27 Jun 2013 | 1:48 AM ET

    Nurse recruiting firm Roca-BHR drew more than 800 applicants in Spain last year when it offered guaranteed jobs in the Netherlands caring for the elderly to those who were willing to take an intensive course in Dutch.

  • Global Expansion? We’d Rather Stick With Russia: MTS Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 10:04 AM ET
    Private mobile WiFi hotspots, which allow wireless devices to connect to the Internet, are restricted. Although use of tablets and smartphones is allowed in the venues, these devices cannot be used as wireless access points. Because London’s wireless system is likely to be strained during major events, has focused on an attempt to reduce overall bandwidth use.

    Relaxed legislation and booming profits are just two reasons why Russia's biggest mobile service provider will not bother expanding into other countries, the firm's chief executive said.

  • Why Russia Must Reform Its Energy Sector Friday, 21 Jun 2013 | 8:02 AM ET

    Russia must urgently reform its energy sector if it is to remain a global player in the energy markets, according to experts speaking at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.