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  • Euro Will Be Here Forever: ECB's Weber Wednesday, 27 Jan 2010 | 5:08 AM ET
    ** FILE ** Euro coins fall out of the hands of a person in Frankfurt, central Germany, Feb. 4, 2007. The euro set an all-time high against the dollar Friday, April 27, 2007, buying US$1.3682 as fears about a U.S. economic slowdown mounted amid signs of weak growth. L(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    The European Central Bank will start phasing out the measures it took to boost liquidity at the height of the crisis and it cannot cater to the needs of individual countries with problems, Axel Weber, ECB governing council member, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Debt of PIGS Weighs On European Union Tuesday, 26 Jan 2010 | 7:24 AM ET
    ** FILE ** Euro coins fall out of the hands of a person in Frankfurt, central Germany, Feb. 4, 2007. The euro set an all-time high against the dollar Friday, April 27, 2007, buying US$1.3682 as fears about a U.S. economic slowdown mounted amid signs of weak growth. L(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    The budget problems of EU members Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain have made the unflattering acronym, PIGS, common parlance in global economic circles, such as that of the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland this week.

  • Central Banks May Face Race To Hike Interest Rates Tuesday, 26 Jan 2010 | 7:24 AM ET

    Monetary policy will be a hot topic at conference, where participants will no doubt be debating who first, how much and when.

  • Greece Must Restore Credibility: Swedish Minister Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 | 4:51 AM ET

    Greece needs to act on fraudulent reporting and political meddling of statistics to regain its credibility in the eyes of the European Union, Swedish Finance Minister Anders Borg told CNBC late Tuesday.

  • The Future Reserve Currency Is the Euro: Strategist Thursday, 14 Jan 2010 | 4:06 AM ET

    The euro will become the world's favorite reserve currency because Europe has a better growth strategy than the US, David Roche, global strategist at Independent Strategy told CNBC.

  • Cherry Picking Defensives in Europe Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010 | 8:58 AM ET

    Investors should continue to invest in defensive stocks in strong dividend sectors like telecommunications, technology and pharmaceuticals, said Willem Nabarro, head of European equities for Asia at Exane-BNP Paribas on Tuesday.

  • For First Big Rate Rise, Look to China Tuesday, 12 Jan 2010 | 8:01 AM ET

    Investors around the world are trying to gauge the moment when the world's major central banks begin to push interest rates back up from  historic lows. Which country raises first and fastest may set the tone for the global tightening of liduidity.

  • Amount of Counterfeit Euros Up, ECB Says Monday, 11 Jan 2010 | 9:33 AM ET

    The number of counterfeit euro bank notes withdrawn from circulation rose 8 percent during the last six months of 2009, with the 20 euro ($28.80) bill the most widely forged, the European Central Bank said Monday.

  • Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou told CNBC that his country is not looking for a financial bailout and that comments made by European Central Bank board member suggesting Greece may need one were “frankly not very helpful.”

  • No Bailout for Greece? Don't Bet on It Wednesday, 6 Jan 2010 | 4:33 AM ET

    Diego Iscaro from IHS Global Insight says he believes Greece will not be allowed to fail given the impact it would have on other euro zone members like Spain, Ireland and Portugal.

  • Dollar 2010: Rate, Not Great, Expectations Thursday, 24 Dec 2009 | 2:06 PM ET

    Analysts predict the U.S. currency will build on its end-of-the-year gains, but it will only be a modest rally on the back of the improving economy and higher interest rates.

  • Moody's smaller than expected downgrade of Greece's credit rating shows that markets are starting to believe the government's efforts to contain the budget deficit, Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    "The dollar over the next year or two will tend to see downward pressure because our recovery will be fragile and uneven," says one economist.

  • Crisis Sweeps Through Central and Eastern Europe Tuesday, 3 Nov 2009 | 3:34 AM ET
    The European Union's former communist members spooked the West earlier this year, when some investors and analysts believed their crumbling economies could send shockwaves through the system and even sink the EU.The International Monetary Fund and the EU have pumped billions of euros in Central and Eastern European countries to alleviate the pain of the crisis, but their economies are still suffering. Click ahead to see what they expect for this year.

    The International Monetary Fund and the EU have pumped billions of euros in Central and Eastern European countries, but their economies are still suffering.

  • ECB Chief Keeps Mum on Dollar Slide Monday, 19 Oct 2009 | 11:56 PM ET
    European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet

    ECB chief Jean-Claude Trichet discussed exchange rates with euro zone finance ministers on Monday but said nothing new on a dollar slide that some fear could hurt Europe's economic recovery.

  • Blog: The Dollar Meeting No One Talks About Monday, 12 Oct 2009 | 8:37 AM ET

    America and China have a problem. A very big multi-trillion dollar problem that shows no sign of going away whatever the financial crisis throws at it.

  • Who Will Follow Australia and Hike Rates Next? Tuesday, 6 Oct 2009 | 6:59 PM ET

    Australia's rate hike may not signal a stampede to raise rates. But smaller central banks could be tempted to tighten sooner rather than later.

  • On the last day of Sept. 2008, one of the wildest, scariest months in U.S. financial history, the Wall Street-Washington roller-coaster starts climbing again.

  • Monday starts out hopeful. By day's end, those hopes are dashed, as the House kills the bailout bill and stock markets plunge to new lows.

  • Central Banker Report Cards 2009 Monday, 28 Sep 2009 | 9:30 AM ET
    The influence of the world's central bankers has never been more pronounced than during the global economic crisis when these captains of monetary policy had the daunting task of preventing a total financial collapse. But which central bankers have most effectively combated economic issues to avoid disaster? Who should have done things differently? recently graded 31 central bank chiefs in its "Central Banker Report Cards 2009" series based on their performance in confronting problems and creati

    Global Finance Magazine recently graded 31 central bank chiefs in its "Central Banker Report Cards 2009" based on their performance. Here's a look at 15 key bankers and how they scored.

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