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  • 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).

  • Has German Opposition Joined the Pro-Growth Chorus? Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 8:55 AM ET
    Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    German lawmakers likely will delay a vote on the euro zone's fiscal compact on budget discipline because the country's main opposition party wants to insert growth-focused measures into the pact, a coalition source told CNBC.

  • German Patience With Greece on the Euro Wears Thin Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 3:30 AM ET
    Victory Column

    Just weeks ago, the idea that Greece would leave the euro zone was almost unthinkable. Now, with Greece’s newly empowered political parties refusing to abide by the terms of the country’s international loan agreement and Europe’s leaders talking tough, that outcome is looking increasingly likely. The NYT reports.

  • Spain Downgrade Is Proof Austerity Not Working Friday, 4 May 2012 | 3:27 AM ET
    Spain

    Ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgrade of Spain's credit rating Thursday for the second time this year highlights the fact that austerity alone is not enough to tackle the euro zone debt problem. Experts tell CNBC that European leaders need to focus on growth now.

  • A counterfeit 100-euro-banknote.

    In Italy, the art of counterfeiting money — like winemaking, pottery, fabrics, and other fine arts for which Italy is justly famous — is often passed from father to son.

  • Ford

    As Ford posted better than expected first quarter earnings (39 cents a share vs. 35 cent estimate) the automaker finds itself working in two worlds.

  • New York Stock Exchange Traders

    While developed and emerging market stocks have been locked in a neck to neck race so far this year, strategists tell CNBC developed market equities are likely to outperform their Asian peers in 2012.

  • Wen Jiabao

    As Prime Minister Wen Jiabao of China tours Europe this week, it is no accident that Germany occupies a special place on his itinerary. The New York Times reports.

  • Hungary Positive on Central Bank Talks: Minister Wednesday, 18 Apr 2012 | 12:24 PM ET
    Budapest, Hungary

    The Hungarian government is confident that sufficient progress has been made in its negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the European Commission over its controversial central bank law, and it believes talks can resume on a hoped-for economic development aid package for the country, the Hungarian Economy Minister told CNBC on Wednesday.