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  • Greece? Does Anyone Care East of the Danube? Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 5:43 AM ET

    I've been to three European countries in three days and have not seen one newspaper headline on Greece, or the debt crisis. In fact, the topic when raised elicits yawns.

  • Fear of another downturn in the world economy lurks behind the smiles and relaxed atmosphere; the Czech Republic is heavily reliant on exports to the euro zone, especially Germany, for its economic growth.

  • Safe Haven Status 'Dangerous': Czech Deputy Minister Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 1:32 AM ET

    Martin Tlapa, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic told CNBC.com in an interview in Prague that the "safe haven" label looks rather scary for a small, open economy that needs a stable exchange rate to function properly.

  • Czech Republic: Investment Opportunity?     Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 3:45 AM ET

    Miroslav Singer, Governor of the Czech National Bank, joined CNBC to discuss the Czech Republic's economic prospects.

  • Why Poland Is Falling Out of Love With the Euro Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 2:51 AM ET
    A tramway pass in the center of Warsaw on June 8, 2011. Poland and Ukraine will co-host the 2012 European Football Championship.

    Analysts are skeptical now that the euro would be such a good idea, even if ordinary Poles are still optimistic.

  • Foreigners in Markets May Be Poland's Next Problem Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 12:57 AM ET
    Warsaw's Castle Square

    Some analysts have dubbed Central and Eastern Europe a safe haven – due to relatively low risk, because the countries have reformed, and relatively high yields, as they are still seen as emerging markets – but the risks are increasing.

  • Why Poland Is Falling Out of Love With the Euro Tuesday, 27 Sep 2011 | 12:47 AM ET
    A tramway pass in the center of Warsaw on June 8, 2011. Poland and Ukraine will co-host the 2012 European Football Championship.

    Analysts are skeptical now that the euro would be such a good idea, even if ordinary Poles are still optimistic.

  • Europe Stews on Greece, and Markets Sweat Out the Wait Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | 10:34 AM ET

    European leaders headed home from a weekend of meetings in Washington vowing bolder steps to address widening anxiety about the Continent’s debt burden. But it will most likely be weeks or even months before any new action comes to pass. The NYT reports.

  • "I think Poland is still quite an exciting market. First of all, because there is a very strong local investor base, and the pension and investment funds represent over $100 billion in assets," Greg Konieczny, investment manager at Franklin Templeton, told CNBC.

  • Zloty Boost Punishes Speculators: Economist     Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | 1:30 AM ET

    Mateusz Szczurek, CEE chief economist at ING, told CNBC that the Polish central bank had justified its decision to prop-up the zloty on the grounds that it needed to "punish speculators".

  • Russian Job Swap Sparks Kremlin Revolt Monday, 26 Sep 2011 | 1:13 AM ET
    Vladamir Putin

    Senior Russian government figures have rebelled against a deal between President Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, the prime minister, to switch jobs next year. The FT reports.

  • The Euro and Cars Put Slovakia on the Map Sunday, 25 Sep 2011 | 8:22 PM ET
    UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 07: Cathedral in a city, St. Martin's Cathedral, Bratislava, Slovakia (Photo by DEA / W.BUSS/De Agostini/Getty Images)

    Slovakia is now, together with the Czech Republic, considered a  relative safe haven, more so than many other countries, both in Central and Eastern Europe and in the euro zone.

  • Poland's Miracle Growth Predicted to Slow   Sunday, 25 Sep 2011 | 8:22 PM ET
    Castle Square in Warsaw old town, 30th July 2010. (Photo by Luis Davilla/Cover/Getty Images)

    Poland faces parliamentary elections on Oct. 9, but any new government will have to show restraint in spending public money, analysts said.

  • A logo of Hungarian Natianal Bank (Magyar Nemzeti Bank, MNB) is seen on the wall of the MNB's headquarter in Budapest on July 19, 2010. Fruitless talks with the International Monetary Fund on access to a crucial loan package put pressure on the Hungarian forint, with analysts warning of further uncertainty in coming months. Economy Minister Gyorgy Matolcsy insisted however that the "talks did not break down but they have been suspended. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK (Photo credit should read ATT

    Hungary's government has raised a lot of eyebrows among investors since it came to power in May 2010.

  • Czech Republic: 'Switzerland of Eastern Europe' Sunday, 25 Sep 2011 | 8:20 PM ET

    With the Swiss National Bank setting a ceiling for the Swiss franc's appreciation against the euro, the need for new safe havens has become acute, and the Czech Republic, with its strong economy and stable currency, is emerging as a contender.

  • Mark Mobius: Investment Strategy for Eastern Europe Sunday, 25 Sep 2011 | 8:19 PM ET
    Markl Mobius, Executive Chairman of Templeton Emerging Markets

    Central and Eastern Europe is still a place where investors can make money but they have to choose their sectors and stocks carefully, emerging markets specialist investor Mark Mobius told CNBC.com in an interview.

  • Investors Are Courting the Former 'Ugly Ducklings' Sunday, 25 Sep 2011 | 8:10 PM ET
    Poland

    Central and Eastern Europe have been known as a turbo-charged version of Western Europe: when Western economies merely grow, the Eastern European ones boom. When things are bad in the West, they're awful in the East.

  • US Pushes Europe to Act With Force on Debt Crisis Saturday, 24 Sep 2011 | 10:07 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    The Obama administration, increasingly alarmed by the spillover effects of Europe’s financial crisis, has begun an intensive lobbying campaign to persuade Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany to ramp up efforts to stem any contagion from the debt crisis in Greece, the NYT reports.

  • Leaderless Slovenia Unlikely to Delay EFSF Vote Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 2:46 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    Slovenia's minority government has collapsed after a no-confidence vote and this could further complicate the passage of legislation to scale up and enhance the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), a key element of the euro zone's crisis response.

  • Greece Will Avoid Default: Greek Foreign Minister Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | 9:23 PM ET

    Greece will avoid default and "absolutely" stay inside the Euro Zone, said Stavros Lambrinidis, Greek foreign minister on Tuesday.