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  • EU Politicians Are 'Playing With Fire': Analysts Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 7:08 AM ET

    Slovakia will most probably cave in to international pressure and vote for the expansion of the euro zone's bailout fund, but the previous rejection should serve as a lesson, analysts told CNBC.com Wednesday.

  • Emerging Markets Growth Stalls in Third Quarter: HSBC Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 3:32 AM ET

    Growth in emerging markets slowed to its weakest pace for more than two years between July and September as manufacturing output decelerated amid fears of a global slowdown, according to figures from HSBC.

  • The direct financial impact of the euro zone debt crisis will be felt in Asia as trading volumes on financial markets fade, just as they have in the west. When markets are as jittery as they are now, it seems geographic diversification counts for little. The FT reports.

  • Regulators Clamping Down on High-Speed Stock Trades Sunday, 9 Oct 2011 | 6:55 AM ET
    NYSE trader

    Regulators in the United States and overseas are cracking down on computerized high-speed trading that crowds today’s stock exchanges, worried that as it spreads around the globe it is making market swings worse. The New York Times reports.

  • Slovaks Love and Hate Euro; Bailout May Lie in Between Saturday, 8 Oct 2011 | 6:54 AM ET
    UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 07: Cathedral in a city, St. Martin's Cathedral, Bratislava, Slovakia (Photo by DEA / W.BUSS/De Agostini/Getty Images)

    The prospect of guaranteeing the debt of richer but more spendthrift countries like Greece, Portugal and even Italy has led to public outrage in tiny Slovakia, the second-poorest country in the euro zone where the average worker earns just over $1,000 a month.  Now it is threatening to derail a collective European bailout . The New York Times reports.

  • Euro Will Get Worse Before it Improves?     Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | 12:58 PM ET

    More uncertainty remains for the euro. "Looking into the fourth quarter, there is significant downward pressure," says Jens Nordvig, global head of G-10 currency strategy at Nomura Holdings . "We could be testing the lows from 2010."

  • Bail Out Greece? Many Slovaks Don't Like the Idea Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | 3:21 AM ET

    With only two countries apart from Slovakia left to approve the extension of the euro zone's bailout fund, all eyes are on the Eastern European nation of around 5 million people who are not keen on helping richer Greece. 

  • Slovak PM Hopes for Bailout Fund Vote Mid October Monday, 3 Oct 2011 | 12:49 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    Slovakia's parliament may vote on the expansion of the euro zone's bailout fund as soon as mid October, but the risk of a Greek default is still possible, Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radicova told CNBC in an interview in Bratislava.

  • Cash-Short, U.S. Weighs Asset Sales Friday, 30 Sep 2011 | 4:21 AM ET
    US Debt Clock

    Like Americans trying to raise quick cash by unloading their unwanted goods, the federal government is considering a novel way to reduce the deficit: holding the equivalent of a garage sale, reports the NY Times.

  • Castle Square in Warsaw old town, 30th July 2010. (Photo by Luis Davilla/Cover/Getty Images)

    Concerns over investment in Central and Eastern Europe have grown as a solution to the problem of sovereign debt in the peripheral euro zone has eluded policymakers and global growth has slowed.

  • Greek Bonds Lure Some, Despite Risk Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 10:14 AM ET

    LONDON—Greece may never be able to pay off its huge debts, but its bonds, long scorned by investors, are suddenly being gobbled up by hedge funds. After a number of investors struck gold by betting against French banks, many have turned their attention to the hot yet risky euro zone trade of the moment: buying Greek government bonds that traders say are changing hands for as little as 36 cents for each euro of face value.

  • Banks, Analysts Slam Hungary's 'Disaster' Loan Law Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 9:46 AM ET
    Budapest, Hungary

    Hungary's decision to help its citizens pay back the foreign exchange loans they took at the height of the economic boom a few years back has sparked outrage among banks and spooked foreign investors.

  • Interns Sue Major Movie Studio Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 5:17 AM ET

    Two men who worked on the hit movie “Black Swan” have mounted an unusual challenge to the film industry’s widely accepted practice of unpaid internships by filing a lawsuit on Wednesday asserting that the production company had violated minimum wage and overtime laws by hiring dozens of such interns. The NYT reports.

  • Greek Bonds Lure Some, Despite Risk Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 4:04 AM ET

    Greece may never be able to pay off its huge debts, but its bonds, long scorned by investors, are suddenly being gobbled up by hedge funds, the New York Times reports.

  • Hungary Needs to Bring Predictability: US Ambassador Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 1:27 AM ET

    Hungary's government is taking steps to pull the country out of the difficult economic conditions it still faces but needs to ensure predictability, Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, US Ambassador to Hungary, told CNBC.com.

  • Debt 'Public Enemy No.1' to Hungary: Minister Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 7:31 AM ET
    Hungary

    Since it was elected last year, Hungary's government has aggressively aimed to cut the country's debt burden, through raising taxes and nationalizing private pension assets, amongst other measures.

  • Emerging Market Opportunities     Wednesday, 28 Sep 2011 | 7:14 AM ET

    The correction in markets around the world have given us the opportunity to pick up stocks that we wanted to in the past that were too expensive, says Mark Mobius, Templeton Emerging Markets Group executive chairman.

  • 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.