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  • Trade Group for Bankers Regulates a Key Rate Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 2:35 AM ET
    Robert Diamond, CEO of Barclays.

    While it was big news when the Barclays chairman, Marcus Agius, resigned Monday over his bank’s role in the Libor rate-fixing scandal. Less noticed was his other resignation that same day, the New York Times reports.

  • Draghi Gets Powers to Rival Bernanke Tuesday, 3 Jul 2012 | 2:39 AM ET
    Mario Draghi

    The spotlight in the European debt crisis has now shifted decisively toward the influential leader of the European Central Bank, Mario Draghi, who emerged from the recent summit meeting in Brussels with new powers and stronger backing to address the Continent’s financial woes. The New York Times reports.

  • Poland’s Growth Defies Euro Zone Crisis Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 2:37 AM ET
    Castle Square in Warsaw old town, 30th July 2010. (Photo by Luis Davilla/Cover/Getty Images)

    As EU leaders scramble to save the euro zone and cobble together policies to restore growth, Poland is solidifying its position as the union’s fastest growing economy, the Financial Times reports.

  • "With regards to Hungary the economy is so small they are dependent on the euro zone and the issues that are there, yes they can tweak their policies here and there but ultimately they are dependent on Western Europe," Robert Hoodless, director for emerging markets at Citi, told CNBC.

  • French President Francois Hollande (L) speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R)

    The French President is determined to show the French that he is willing to stand up to Berlin, to push the German Chancellor to contribute even more than before toward a lasting solution of the euro mess. The New York Times reports.

  • Are Oil Exports Russia's Curse as Well as Its Blessing? Thursday, 21 Jun 2012 | 3:17 AM ET

    Russia's prospects are brighter than those of many other economies, despite fears that the return of Vladimir Putin to the presidency will slow the pace of structural reforms and falling oil prices could hurt its budget.

  • The head of the European Central Bank and other euro zone leaders worked on Saturday on a grand vision for the euro zone meant to reassure investors and allies that flaws in the currency union will be addressed quickly.

  • In Europe, Banks Borrowing to Stay Ahead of the Tide Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 10:31 AM ET
    Euro bills

    As Europe works to prop up Spain’s wobbling banks, its leaders still face a problem that plagues the Continent’s increasingly vulnerable financial institutions — a longstanding addiction to the borrowed money that provides the day-to-day financing they need to survive.

  • Estonian Rhapsody: Did Krugman Cherry-Pick Data? Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 2:39 PM ET
    Estonia

    Paul Krugman dismisses Estonia's economic progress. Here's the bigger picture, and the back story behind one of the most entertaining Twitter wars in euro zone history.

  • Greece Warns of Going Broke as Tax Proceeds Dry Up Wednesday, 6 Jun 2012 | 5:52 AM ET

    As European leaders grapple with how to preserve their monetary union, Greece is rapidly running out of money, the New York Times reports.

  • Roubini and Bremmer: Russia Is No ‘BRIC’ Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | 6:10 AM ET
    Russia

    Russia’s typical out-of-step response to global events – the latest its refusal to condemn the Assad regime in Syria – show its increasing insignificance on the world stage, Nouriel Roubini, chairman of Roubini Global Economics and Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group, argue in an op-ed in the Financial Times

  • Most Aid to Athens Circles Back to Europe Wednesday, 30 May 2012 | 12:41 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    The European bailout of 130 billion euros ($163.4 billion) that was supposed to buy time for Greece is mainly servicing only the interest on the country’s debt — while the Greek economy continues to struggle, the New York Times reports.

  • Euro Zone Crisis Pushing Away Emerging Europe: EBRD Monday, 28 May 2012 | 6:45 AM ET
    Budapest, Hungary

    The deepening euro zone crisis is threatening the integration of Eastern European nations into the single currency area, the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) told CNBC’s “Worldwide Exchange”.

  • Francois Hollande, France's president, arrives for a news conference following the European Leaders (EU) summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

    French President, Francois Hollande has cast himself as the European leader pushing hardest to forge a growth-oriented “new path” through the euro zone’s grinding debt crisis, pitting him against the austerity-minded German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the New York Times reports.

  • Euro bank notes in a briefcase

    A "ring of defense" has to be built around eastern European neighbors Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia to help them cope with the fallout from a possible Greek exit from the euro zone, bankers said on Friday.

  • European Union (EU) flags fly outside the the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

    The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) expects the economies of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, as well as four countries in the Middle East and North Africa, to experience a "substantial" slowdown this year because of fallout from the euro zone crisis.

  • Bet on Greek Bonds Paid Off for ‘Vulture Fund’ Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 10:40 AM ET

    When Greece announced on Tuesday that it had made a €436 million bond payment to the hold-out investors who rejected the country's historic debt revamping deal in March, the decision came as no surprise. What’s news is where most of that money went. The NYT reports.

  • Exit From Euro Is Bad Idea for Greece: Bank Head Wednesday, 16 May 2012 | 1:54 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    A Greek exit from the euro zone would not make things better for the stricken country or for Europe, Thomas Mirow, the president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), told CNBC.com in an interview.

  • Subsidies Aid Rebirth in U.S. Manufacturing Friday, 11 May 2012 | 4:14 AM ET
    manufacturing engineering

    Walking through his high-ceilinged factory here, explaining the production of sheets of copper, M. Brian O’Shaughnessy comes across as a staunch advocate of manufacturing in America.

  • Which Oil Producers Are Making Money? Thursday, 10 May 2012 | 6:07 AM ET
    Algeria's oil minister, Chakib Khelil is the president of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

    The following is a list of oil prices needed for the nations to avoid having a budget deficit in 2008 and 2009 (as compiled by the IMF).