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  • ECB: Ditching Austerity Would Not Help Euro Zone Thursday, 25 Apr 2013 | 1:10 AM ET
    ECB’s New Bond Plan: OMT! Crisis Averted, for Now

    ECB policymakers rebuffed suggestions that Europe should ease up on austerity and said that while the central bank has room to cut interest rates, such a move would not necessarily help the economy much.

  • Europe Closes Higher on ECB Speculation Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 11:31 AM ET

    European shares closed higher on Wednesday, after weak German business sentiment data spurred hopes the ECB might move to cut interest rates when it meets next week.

  • Europe’s TARP Moment Is Approaching: Coutts CIO Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 11:14 AM ET

    The European Central Bank needs to by-pass dysfunctional banks through a TARP-like program, said one European CIO.

  • Italy's President Invites Letta to Form Government Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 7:03 AM ET

    President Giorgio Napolitano has given Enrico Letta, deputy head of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), a mandate to try to form a new government, according to news wires on Wednesday.

  • Germany's Ifo Drops in April, Raising Odds of ECB Cut Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 4:04 AM ET
    Berlin, Germany

    Germany's Ifo index dropped in April, in a further sign that Europe's largest economy is slowing.

  • Merkel: Austerity Makes It Sound ‘Truly Evil’ Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 4:02 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaks in front of a flag of the European Union

    Angela Merkel tried to contain her irritation when asked this week whether southern European countries could take much more German-ordered austerity.

  • France's Moscovici Dozed Off During Cyprus Talks Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 3:45 AM ET
    Pierre Moscovici, France's finance minister, speaks in Washington, D.C., U.S.

    The sight of the head of the IMF waking up France's top finance official during a crisis meeting over Cyprus illustrates a question that is troubling European diplomats: what has happened to France's voice in Europe?

  • ECB Rate Cut Could Bring Big 'Disappointment' Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | 1:54 AM ET
    ECB’s New Bond Plan: OMT! Crisis Averted, for Now

    Expectations that the European Central Bank (ECB) will announce a rate cut is likely to have a limited impact and could end up being a disappointment, analysts said.

  • European shares closed sharply higher on Tuesday after a positive Spanish bond auction and better-than-expected French manufacturing data buoyed investor sentiment.

  • Italy's Napolitano Could Name New PM Today Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 11:51 AM ET
    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano

    Italy's president held urgent talks on Tuesday aimed at naming a prime minister to head a coalition government and end two months of post-election stalemate.

  • Hungary Cuts Interest Rates to Record Low Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 11:06 AM ET
    Budapest

    Hungary's central bank cut interest rate to a new record low of 4.75 percent on Tuesday, in an attempt to bolster the flagging economy, as inflation has eased to a record low of 2.2 percent.

  • ECB Should Not Cut Rates: Top German Adviser Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 8:32 AM ET
    ECB’s New Bond Plan: OMT! Crisis Averted, for Now

    Recent comments by European Central Bank (ECB) governing board members have the market brimming with anticipation of an imminent rate cut. But according to one of Angela Merkel's top economic advisers, the ECB shouldn't cut rates.

  • Libor Must Be Based on 'Fact, Not Fiction' Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 7:09 AM ET

    U.S. regulator Gary Gensler said the world needs an alternative to the scandal-plagued Libor.

  • Spain 3-Month Borrowing Cost Falls to Lowest Ever Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 5:48 AM ET

    Spain sold 3-month bills at the lowest yield on record at an auction on Tuesday, as investors snatch up relatively high-paying instruments in expectation of a ECB rate cut.

  • Gold Sale Not a Priority: Cyprus Finance Minister Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 4:34 AM ET

    Cyprus is not giving priority to a sale of gold reserves and is still exploring all options to meet its side of the bailout deal, Finance Minister Harris Georgiades said.

  • EU Calls an End to the Era of Austerity Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | 1:03 AM ET
    Demonstrators march during a protest against economic austerity measures in Portugal

    Debt levels swelled across the euro zone, but the pressure may be easing as the European Commission signals an end to sharp spending cuts.

  • Europe Shares Close Mixed on Soft US Data Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | 11:38 AM ET

    European shares closed mixed after disappointing corporate and macroeconomic reports from the U.S.

  • Italy's President Reads Riot Act to Politicians Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | 11:34 AM ET
    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano

    Italian President Giorgio Napolitano said on Monday he had agreed to his re-election as head of state because of an unprecedented political deadlock.

  • Spain's official population fell last year for the first time since records began as immigrants fled the on-and-off recession and soaring unemployment.

  • IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde greets Somalia's Minister of Finance Mohamud Hassan Suleiman as Somalia's Bank Governor Abdusalam Omer looks on.

    African finance ministers told their rich nation counterparts at weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to work harder and faster to kick-start their economies.