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  • 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.

  • Euro Collapse Could Lead to War: Polish FinMin Friday, 16 Sep 2011 | 5:08 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.

    A collapse of Europe's monetary union would likely lead to a breakup of the European Union as a whole, posing significant risks to the region and even raising the possibility of war in the long term, Poland’s Finance Minister told CNBC.

  • Euro Slides, Old-Fashioned Safe Havens Rise Monday, 12 Sep 2011 | 7:51 AM ET

    Greece's problems are scaring everybody in the euro zone,  but the Bulgarians still want in - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Soros: Crisis 'Worse Than Lehman' Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 1:14 AM ET
    George Soros

    Remember the collapse of Lehman Brothers ? Europeans certainly do. As Europe struggles to contain its government debt crisis, the greatest fear is that one of the Continent’s major banks may fail.

  • Europeans Talk of Sharp Change in Fiscal Affairs Tuesday, 6 Sep 2011 | 11:18 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    As leaders in Europe try to contain a deepening financial crisis, they are also increasingly talking about making fundamental changes to the way their 17-nation economic union works. The NYT reports.

  • Singapore Vulnerable If US Falls Into Recession Tuesday, 6 Sep 2011 | 3:42 AM ET
    Three laboratory technicians using microscope

    Singapore’s economy could get a shock if the U.S. falls into recession, warned both ratings agency Fitch and investment bank, Daiwa Capital Markets.

  • Banks Push Greek Bailout Plan Friday, 2 Sep 2011 | 9:58 AM ET

    No bank likes to take a loss, especially those in Europe that already suffer from a toxic mix of thin capital, troubled financing and weak loan books. But in the case of the proposed second bailout for Greece — the one that is supposed to make private investors feel the financial pain along with taxpayers — the biggest banks in Europe are on the road now promoting the plan. The NYT reports.

  • 'Leaner and Stronger' Eastern Europe a Buy: Analyst Friday, 2 Sep 2011 | 1:28 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.

    In 2008, Eastern Europe was in the throes of a major financial crisis. Burdened with public and private debt, Hungary, Latvia and Romania had to be bailed out by the IMF; they faced severe austerity measures and high unemployment. Fast forward three years and Eastern Europe seems in much better shape, while the West faces the most serious financial challenge since the establishment of the European Union.

  • Eurozone Inflation Stats Suggest End to Rate Hikes Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 7:30 AM ET

    Inflation in the 17 euro countries remained steady at 2.5 percent in August, adding to expectations the European Central Bank will hold off from raising interest rates — and may even consider cutting them — as economic growth slows.

  • CEE Is 'Turbo-Charged Western Europe': Strategist Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 4:08 AM ET
    Poland

    Worries about Western Europe have spilled into countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the region's fate is tightly linked to that of its main exporting market, Wike Groenenberg, head of CEEMEA strategy at Citi, told CNBC on Wednesday.