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  • China Flexes Its Muscles in Global Power Grab Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 | 9:44 AM ET

    The German Bundestag has reportedly approved a strengthening of the European Financial Stability Facility. China is waiting, but will make a move soon. The head of the EFSF, Klaus Regling, is going to China and likely other Asian countries to seek money for his fund.

  • Italian PM Berlusconi Wins Key Confidence Vote Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | 8:53 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won a crucial vote of confidence on Friday, giving his struggling center-right government a new, but probably short, lease of life.

  • Daughter Heirs-Apparent of Mega Moguls Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 11:55 AM ET
    In today’s world of business, daughters are just as likely as sons to be the heir-apparent to the family business. From North America to Europe to Asia, there’s a generation of heir apparents with the skills and experience to run some of the world’s most high-profile firms. All of these women could probably make it without help from ‘Daddy.’ They’re smart and savvy, have earned world-class degrees, and are business leaders in their own right. More important, they have a major stake in the family

    In today’s world, daughters are just as likely as sons to be the heirs-apparent to the family business. Find out who they are.

  • Italian Credit Downgrade Not Entirely New     Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | 5:00 AM ET

    "On the one hand obviously this is new information but at the same time from a US investor perspective you know that eventually Italy is going to be downgraded you know that there are going to be a whole host of downgrades be seen across the region. So it¿s not entirely new information although it comes only four months into the review," Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at BTIG told CNBC.

  • Italian Government Wins Confidence Vote on Austerity Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011 | 8:26 AM ET
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

    Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government won a confidence vote on Wednesday in the lower house of parliament on a 54 billion euros ($74 billion) austerity package aimed at staving off financial crisis in Italy.

  • Doubts Cast on Whether China will Help Out Italy Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 5:54 AM ET

    Reports that the Italian government has held talks with the Chinese sovereign wealth fund about investing in its debt-laden economy spurred a stock market rally and a boost to the euro Monday.

  • Italian Government Debate Continues     Monday, 5 Sep 2011 | 2:15 AM ET

    As the Italian government prepares for another week debating its austerity plans, Silvio Peruzzo, european economist at RBS, told CNBC that markets are viewing the failure to reach agreement negatively.

  • Don't Bet on a 'United States of Europe' Monday, 5 Sep 2011 | 2:03 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    The man who ran Germany when the euro began trading has an idea to save the euro zone: the creation of a "United States of Europe."

  • Crunch Week Begins for Italy; Government Under Fire Sunday, 4 Sep 2011 | 8:58 AM ET

    The Italian government is still wrangling over how best to balance its budget, losing credibility with key leaders and opinion formers.

  • Berlusconi Risks Drawing Italy Back Into the Mire Friday, 2 Sep 2011 | 3:39 AM ET
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

    Silvio Berlusconi’s government in Italy could be about to make a serious mistake that would have major ramifications for the euro zone and global markets.

  • Italian Bond Auction Will be     Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 4:00 AM ET

    "I think the focus will be in September when there are announced political protests that are going to be staged by the opposition in Italy. There are some changes ready made to the policies that should improve the fiscal situation but I think until September it will be difficult to say how these policies will go down Marco. Today we are going to see a fairly normal auction," Bardelli managing director at BDG Singapore told CNBC.

  • No Free Lunch for Italian Senators—but It's Close Tuesday, 16 Aug 2011 | 4:53 AM ET

    Food inflation may have been an abstract concept for Italian senators up until last week – that is, before the public got hold of a copy of the Senate restaurant menu that has reignited the debate over parliamentary perks.

  • Labor Market Reforms Key for Italy? Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 12:21 AM ET
    Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy

    High labor taxes and low visibility on economic growth and business climate are just some of the reasons that are keeping Italian businesses from offering jobs, especially long term contracts.

  • One-Off Tax for Wealthy Italians to Reduce Debt Burden? Thursday, 11 Aug 2011 | 8:17 AM ET
    Piazza Venezia, Rome, Italy

    Italy has one of the highest savings rates in the OECD and holds considerable household wealth. In fact, the country's household wealth is five times as high as the country's gross domestic product (GDP). None of this appears to add up with the country's miserable public finances.

  • Silvio Berlusconi

    It was billed as one of the most important speeches of Silvio Berlusconi’s political career, amid a crisis that threatens to engulf Italy and the euro zone. Unfortunately when he stood in front of lawmakers, his pledges on boosting growth offered very few details and led to skepticism from analysts.

  • Will Berlusconi Finally Be Forced Out Over Debt? Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 6:06 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    He has survived criminal charges and  if you believe all the stories, bunga bunga parties, but could the latest debt crisis be the final nail in the coffin for Silvio Berlusconi's political career?

  • Earnings for Italy's Biggest Bank Loom Wednesday Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 4:49 AM ET

    In an interview with CNBC at the end of May the boss of Unicredit, Federico Ghizzoni, played down fears over Italian government debt and claimed his country's problem was not a huge external debt but a lack of growth.

  • Does Italy Deserve Bond Vigilante Attack? Wednesday, 13 Jul 2011 | 3:33 AM ET

    Some ill-chosen words from Silvio Berlusconi about his finance minister and a warning from S&P have seen Italian bond yields soaring and investors across the globe beginning to fret over the world’s third biggest issuer of government debt.

  • Berlusconi Talks Italian Economy Into Big Trouble Tuesday, 12 Jul 2011 | 4:49 AM ET

    Late last week, Berlusconi managed to undo years of work aimed at keeping Italy out of the sights of the bond vigilantes when he was reported to have launched a scathing attack on his fiscally conservative finance minister, Giulio Tremonti.

  • Germany Pushes for New Greek Rescue Package Monday, 11 Jul 2011 | 8:51 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Monday for a quick agreement on a new rescue package for Greece, and said she is confident that Italy will push through an austerity plan.

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