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Shunning the American Dream to Return Home Wed, 12 Jun '13 | 9:15 PM ET

Asia’s economic development and a growing consumer class means the temptation to return home for those Asian entrepreneurs with a Western education is strong, experts say.

A former Microsoft executive plans to create the first US marijuana brand, kicking off his Seattle-based business by acquiring medical cannabis dispensaries in three states.

Bayern Munich Champions Are Kings of Branding Thu, 30 May '13 | 5:51 AM ET

As the ticker tape begins to settle following their first Champions League triumph in 12 years, Bayern Munich can rejoice in not just being Europe's greatest soccer team but the sport's most valuable brand.

German Companies Sip From Spain's Jobless Pool Thu, 30 May '13 | 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 Thu, 30 May '13 | 2:37 AM ET

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

Competitiveness Comeback for US, Europe Stalls Thu, 30 May '13 | 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.

French Palace Wine Auction: Not Just for Snobs Wed, 29 May '13 | 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.

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.

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.

Juan Carlos of Spain wants to turn over his 136-foot yacht to the government "for austerity reasons." But it wasn't the government who gave it to him.

'Summer of Shandy' Coming to the US Tue, 28 May '13 | 6:25 AM ET
Glass of shandy with slice of lemon

Fed up with beer? This may be the answer to your prayers as "shandy" - a beer and lemonade blend sometimes called "radler" - is set to take the U.S. by storm, according to new research.

French Charm Offensive: Too Little, Too Late? Tue, 28 May '13 | 5:46 AM ET

Analysts warn that French president François Hollande's latest embarrassing U-turn on executive pay, will not be enough to restore entrepreneurs' confidence in the country.

Sydney, Australia

For the third year in a row, Australia has taken the top prize for being the happiest place to live in the advanced world, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Better Life Index.

German brewers have warned Chancellor Angela Merkel's government that any law allowing the fracking drilling technique could damage the country's beer industry.

Meet the Maverick Firing Up Spanish Politics Mon, 27 May '13 | 5:53 AM ET

Spain's rising political star is a 61- year-old former Socialist whose message of changing the system from within is drawing voters.

Support for openly racist or anti-immigration politicians is on the rise in several countries, the Globalpost reports.

The winner of England's Football League Championship will come away 120 million pounds ($181 million) richer, according to sports business analysts who called it "the biggest financial prize in football".

Can an olive oil shortage present a glut of opportunity? It depends on how you manage your business.

A three-day weekend seems like an ideal time to take a break, but our ability to unplug and relax is under assault. We can barely get through three waking hours without working.

How Motorsports Improves What We Drive Fri, 24 May '13 | 11:56 AM ET
Cruze rally car.

Where an automaker might take years to find ways to boost performance of a new engine sold through its showrooms, it may achieve the same results in days to be competitive.

'It's a Big Moment for Japan': Fed's Bullard Fri, 24 May '13 | 2:13 AM ET
James B. Bullard, St. Louis Fed President

The huge volatility in the Japanese market is not surprising given the aggressive monetary policies put in place in the country over the last six months, St Louis Federal Reserve Chairman James Bullard told CNBC.

A poll of 26,000 people across 25 countries has revealed the world's most popular nation—and given the ongoing euro zone crisis, the result might come as somewhat of a surprise.

The economist who coined the term "Grexit" says the possibility of Greece exiting the euro zone has receded "markedly", reversing predictions he made in July when he saw a 90 percent chance of an exit within the next 12-18 months.

Why Rich Western Investors Are Returning Home Thu, 23 May '13 | 1:29 AM ET

The world's biggest investors are seeking more stable cash income at home, as aging societies and tighter regulation dull risk appetite.

Lutz Sees Stripped Down Fisker as Potential Gem Wed, 22 May '13 | 12:12 PM ET
Fisker Karma

The former Vice Chair of GM, who holds a leadership role with VL Automotive, is teaming up with Wanxiang Group, a Chinese auto parts supplier, in a bid to buy the ailing Fisker.

European parliament president Martin Schulz gave European Union officials a measly three out of ten for their handling of the euro zone crisis.

Millions of Italians Stuck in Poverty: Report Wed, 22 May '13 | 9:10 AM ET

Millions of Italians are too poor to heat their homes, eat adequately or go on holiday, Italy reported on Wednesday.

The World's Biggest Carry Trades Wed, 22 May '13 | 5:22 AM ET

The Bank of Japan's plan to double the country's money supply over the next two years has put the spotlight back on the global carry trade. We've identified some of the biggest carry trades based on either the interest rate differential or their popularity.

This Bonus Cap May Put Pressure on US Banks Wed, 22 May '13 | 5:10 AM ET

As EU regulators mull introducing the world's strictest bonus cap, the president of the European parliament told CNBC that the plan could put pressure on the U.S. to follow suit.

Rome, Italy

Paolo Sorrentino's "The Great Beauty" is one of several films that touch on the unraveling of contemporary Italy in official selection at the Cannes film festival this year.