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  • Hollande Reform Defiance Sparks German Anger Thursday, 30 May 2013 | 3:44 AM ET
    French President Francois Hollande (L) speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R)

    President Francois Hollande's insistence that the EU executive can't "dictate" reforms to France has outraged Angela Merkel's conservatives, hours before the German leader was due in Paris for talks.

  • German Companies Sip From Spain's Jobless Pool Thursday, 30 May 2013 | 3:28 AM ET

    German companies including BMW and BASF are recruiting small numbers of unemployed young Spaniards against a backdrop of chronic youth unemployment in southern Europe and a growing shortage of skilled labour in Germany.

  • Bon Jovi's Aid for Crisis-Hit Spain Thursday, 30 May 2013 | 2:37 AM ET

    Jon Bon Jovi has decided to waive his appearance fee for an upcoming performance in Madrid.

  • Google Challenges Apple With ‘Hero’ Phone Thursday, 30 May 2013 | 1:57 AM ET
    Google

    Google is preparing an attack on Apple's iPhone with a device that is more aware of its surroundings and smart enough to anticipate how it will be used next, according to the head of the internet company's Motorola subsidiary, the FT reports.

  • Brazil Hikes Rates by 50 Basis Points  Thursday, 30 May 2013 | 1:20 AM ET

    Luis Costa, EM FX strategist at Citi, tells CNBC that Brazil is stuck in a high inflation and slow growth and consumption is not growing at all.

  • Competitiveness Comeback for US, Europe Stalls Thursday, 30 May 2013 | 1:15 AM ET

    As calls grow for Europe to ease up on its austerity drive, a report on global competitiveness argued that cost-cutting on the continent has halted growth and antagonized the population, creating non-competitive economies.

  • Switzerland Still Favorite Banking Hub: Julius Baer Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 11:51 PM ET

    The recent move by the Swiss government to allow banks to sidestep secrecy laws won't prevent them from depositing money in the country, said the CEO of Swiss private bank Julius Baer.

  • Risk of Bank Failures Rising in Europe, ECB Warns Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 11:26 PM ET

    The European Central Bank warned on Wednesday that the euro zone's slumping economy and a surge in problem loans were raising the risk of a renewed banking crisis. The New York Times reports.

  • Disrupting the World, One Device at a Time: Citi Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 3:07 PM ET

    Citigroup recently cataloged a clutch of new technologies, including mobile payments and energy production, that are disrupting markets and sparking innovation.

  • French Palace Wine Auction: Not Just for Snobs Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 12:23 PM ET
    Bottles of French wine Petrus Pomerol.

    France's Elysee Palace is set to auction off more than $325,000 of wine Thursday. And while some bottles may sell for up to $3,000 a bottle, others might be yours for a mere $20.

  • Negative Rates May Boost Bank Profit: ECB's Constancio Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 11:43 AM ET

    Negative deposit rates could boost — rather than hurt — bank profitability, ECB Vice President Vitor Constancio told CNBC on Wednesday, bringing the contentious issue of negative rates back into the spotlight.

  • Secret's Out! Swiss Banks Can Now Reveal Clients Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 9:52 AM ET

    The Swiss government says banks can sidestep secrecy laws to disclose clients' names in a move intended to help resolve a long-running tax dispute with the U.S.

  • Club Med Raises Bid Price as Some Investors Seek More Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 9:44 AM ET

    Shares in Club Mediterranee extended their gains above the proposed bid price on Wednesday amid signs some investors in the French holiday firm are pushing for a better deal.

  • The 'Next Big Things' in Wearable Tech Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 9:34 AM ET

    It's not just controlling your computer. You can track your marathon training or even just stopping you from slouching Click ahead to see some new wearable gadgets you may be slipping on before you walk out the front door.

  • EU Gives France Leeway as It Reprimands Belgium Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 8:38 AM ET

    The European Commission has given France, Poland, Slovenia and Spain two year extensions to meet budget deficit targets, as it reprimanded Belgium, which could become the first country to be fined for failing to reduce its deficit.

  • EU Criticized for 'Pretend and Extend' on Austerity Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 6:49 AM ET

    Brussels's softening stance on austerity with stability and growth measures set to be delayed for another two years is an exercise in "pretend and extend" and what's really needed is urgent structural reforms, analysts have told CNBC.

  • Another Housing Market Bubble Brewing Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 6:17 AM ET
    The resurgent housing market has helped drive down unemployment nationwide for American workers.

    Certain U.S. locations show rises in house prices of over 20 percent from a year ago. Do they suggest sustainable recovery or just another bubble brewing?

  • European Equities a ‘Buy-One-Get-One-Free Market’ Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 5:32 AM ET

    European equities could surprise to the upside this year, with earnings growth making it a "buy-one-get-one-free market," HSBC's Peter Sullivan told CNBC.

  • How Private Equity Can Boost Europe  Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 5:30 AM ET

    Vincenzo Morelli, chairman at EVCA, explains why private equity's role in boosting R&D and innovation is "indispensable" for Europe.

  • 'Gloomy Picture' for Brazil: Pro  Wednesday, 29 May 2013 | 4:55 AM ET

    Maya Bhandari, director of global macro strategy at Citi and Alicia Garcia-Herrero, chief economist at BBVA, discuss Brazil's economy and disagree on whether Brazil will hike its interest rate today.

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