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  • EU Leaders Worried by Inflation, See No Quick Fix Thursday, 19 Jun 2008 | 11:54 PM ET

    Surging food and fuel prices are a key concern of European Union citizens, but EU leaders must be honest that there are no quick fixes to the problem, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said.1st paragraph of story should go here

  • German Business Sentiment Falls Sharply in June Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 6:11 AM ET

    German investor sentiment about the outlook for Europe's largest economy fell by much more than expected in June, a closely watched survey showed on Tuesday.

  • Euro Zone Swings to Trade Surplus in April Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 6:06 AM ET

    The euro zone unexpectedly swung to a trade surplus in April from a deficit in March, data showed on Tuesday, as the region's strong currency failed to subdue exports and imports expanded quickly.

  • Europeans Go Online to Stop ECB Rate Hike Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 3:25 AM ET

    An online petition urging the European Central Bank not to raise interest rates in July is gaining ground, with people from France, Spain, Italy but also from English-speaking countries adding their signatures.

  • Euro Zone's May Inflation Data Seals ECB Hike Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 8:23 AM ET

    Surging food and fuel prices drove euro zone inflation to a new record high of 3.7 percent year-on-year in May, data showed, cementing expectations that the European Central Bank will raise interest rates on July 3.

  • EU Starts to Pick Up Pieces After Irish "No" Monday, 16 Jun 2008 | 12:22 AM ET

    European Union foreign ministers start picking up the pieces on Monday after Ireland's "No" to an EU reform treaty cast doubt on whether measures meant to improve the enlarged bloc's working will ever take effect.

  • Ireland Rejects Treaty in Blow for EU Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | 12:29 PM ET

    Irish voters have rejected the EU's Lisbon treaty in a referendum, Irish Justice Minister Dermot Ahern conceded on Friday.

  • Lehman Downgrades Euro Stocks, Raises US Monday, 9 Jun 2008 | 3:43 AM ET

    Lehman Brothers downgraded continental European stocks to "underweight" from "overweight," while raising U.S. equities to "overweight" from "underweight."

  • Europe Preview: Why a Rate Hike Is a Good Idea Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 6:14 AM ET

    A cut, given inflation rates, would simply make it more likely that we would enter recession at some point. If prices keep rising significantly, then the fiscal and monetary response will have to be more drastic somewhere down the road.

  • Poll: Should Britain Adopt the Euro? Thursday, 5 Jun 2008 | 2:31 AM ET

    The European Central Bank's 10th anniversary may have been marred by high inflation, but the euro's show of strength over the past nine months has been impressive.

  • Buy Dollars and Profit from the ECB Freeze Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 10:31 AM ET
    Exchanging Dollars and Euros

    The European Central Bank's inability to raise rates may mean the time for a jump back into the dollar has arrived, as the  full effects of the credit crunch still have to be felt in Europe, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • No Action, Just Hawkish Talk at ECB Wednesday, 4 Jun 2008 | 10:13 AM ET

    The European Central Bank's hawks must be aching to hike rates, but they will likely sit on their hands again and leave rates at 4 percent despite inflation rising to 3.6 percent in May.

  • Inflation Crashes ECB's 10th Anniversary Party Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 9:01 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)

    Sky-high fuel and food prices crashed the party when finance ministers flocked to Frankfurt to celebrate the inflation-fighting European Central Bank's 10th birthday on Monday, a milestone in Europe's monetary union.

  • Euro Stocks Range-Bound as ECB Fights Inflation  Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 5:47 AM ET

    European stocks are set to stay range-bound this week as the subprime crisis continues to take its toll on confidence and rising inflation means investors do not expect the European Central Bank to cut rates any time soon.

  • Global Food Prices Could Rise Further: ECB Note Friday, 30 May 2008 | 8:54 AM ET
    Wheat Fields

    Global food prices could rise further in the short term and keep rising over the longer term as supplies are unlikely to match increased demand, a European Central Bank note said.

  • ECB Turns 10 Friday, 30 May 2008 | 7:48 AM ET

    Would you believe it? It's already 10 years, since Riverdance power-danced the new bank for Europe through its inauguration at Frankfurt's venerated old opera, with great fanfare, festive speeches and "Ode to Joy", Europe's national anthem.

  • Will Inflation Force Euro-Zone to Raise Rates? Friday, 30 May 2008 | 6:47 AM ET

    On the verge of the European Central Bank's 10th anniversary, the news on inflation doesn't look good. Against the bank's target of "below but close to" 2 percent, euro-zone prices rose 3.6 percent in May, compared with the year ago, back to a historic high, data showed on Friday.

  • HSBC CEO Calls for Higher Interest Rates Tuesday, 27 May 2008 | 4:30 AM ET

    The chief executive of Europe's biggest lender on Tuesday called on central bankers to raise interest rates in order to combat inflation.

  • Trichet: Financial Markets Correction Is Ongoing Monday, 26 May 2008 | 3:32 AM ET

    European Central Bank head Jean-Claude Trichet said on Monday that financial markets were experiencing an "ongoing correction" and repeated that the G7 was concerned about excessive dollar volatility.

  • Euro Zone Economy Heads for Sharp Slowdown Friday, 23 May 2008 | 7:56 AM ET

    Euro zone economic growth looks set for a sharp slowdown in the second quarter after a strong performance at the start of the year, data showed on Friday, but rocketing inflation will keep interest rates on hold.