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  • Portugal Wants To Be EU's Florida, Not Alabama Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 1:06 AM ET
    Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates speaks during a press conference at Sao Bento Palace in Lisbon. Socrates warned his political opponents not to provoke a political crisis over planned austerity measures to solve the country's debt crisis.

    Portugal's central bank on Tuesday releases its projections for the country's economic outlook and investors are likely to watch closely for changes in the growth forecast, as the country has been plunged in a political crisis because of its austerity measures.

  • Europe's Centre-Right Faces Crisis Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 12:41 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Angela Merkel, German chancellor, has blamed Japan’s nuclear crisis, triggered by this month’s earthquake, for the “very painful defeat” suffered by her ruling party in the state of Baden-Württemberg, the Financial Times reports.

  • Fresh Protests in Bahrain Strain Businesses, Markets Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 11:55 AM ET
    Young Indian Muslims pose with placards during a protest rally against the ongoing political turmoil in Bahrain, Libya, and Yemen.

    Fresh reports of violent clashes and midnight raids taking place over the weekend did nothing to stifle a steady stream of traffic through Bahrain's financial district Monday, nor did the continued presence of foreign troops and tanks keep business from re-opening their doors.

  • UK Property Tax to Fund Tax Cuts for Rich Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 1:19 AM ET

    Taxes will be increased on expensive houses, allowing the government to fulfill its longer-term promise to scrap the 50p income tax rate, Liberal Democrat Chief Nick Clegg told the Financial Times.

  • GE’s Strategies Let It Avoid Taxes Altogether Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 9:43 AM ET

    General Electric, the nation’s largest corporation, had a very good year in 2010. The company reported worldwide profits of $14.2 billion, and said $5.1 billion of the total came from its operations in the United States. Its American tax bill? None. In fact, G.E. claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

  • Gartman: Central Banks Boosting Commodities?     Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 5:16 PM ET

    Reserves injected by the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank are going to gold and equities, rather than being used for timber, steel and copper down the road. Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, explains why it's happening.

  • 'Ominous Sign' for Euro Zone Investors: Analyst Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 10:14 AM ET
    Euro coin in front of the giant symbol of the Euro outside the headquarters of the European Central Bank.

    Attempts by Germany to renegotiate the structure of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) just as markets believed things had been settled at the meeting of euro zone leaders last week are an "ominous sign," Simon Derrick, the head of research at Bank of New York Mellon, wrote in a market note.

  • The Euro Lacks a Stable Basis: Deutsche Bank Economist Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 6:45 AM ET
    Euro coins

    The euro does not have a stable basis even after the "Pact of the euro" agreed by leaders of the member states, Thomas Mayer, chief economist at Germany's biggest lender Deutsche Bank, told CNBC Thursday.

  • It's Now the Bond Vigilantes Vs. the Voters Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 3:16 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    Austerity and political longevity are clearly not correlated, following the fall of another euro-zone government.

  • Germany Steps Away From European Unity Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 2:55 AM ET

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has deeply strained relations with allies in the European Union and the NATO alliance, raising new questions about Germany’s ability to play a global role in foreign policy, the New York Times reports.

  • Miller: Bullish on Stocks     Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 2:02 PM ET

    The bulls are set to stampede down Wall Street, according to Bill Miller, chairman, chief investment officer & portfolio manager, Legg Mason Capital Management.

  • Fast Funds     Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 12:52 PM ET

    A check on the Egyptian market, with John Gabriel, Morningstar EFT strategist.

  • Yoshikami: How to Outsmart Global Crises! Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 11:06 AM ET

    There is no shortage of challenges facing the world today and many investors are frozen waiting for clarity in these times of uncertainty. The problem is, in all likelihood, the world will not settle down any time soon and we will surely continue to see geopolitical shifts and unrest plaguing the investment world. So what are investors to do?

  • Dollar Gains as Euro Temporarily Hit by Debt Crisis Woes Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 10:50 AM ET

    The was weaker Wednesday morning on a trifecta of concerns. First, the expectation that Portugal's government will crumble after its parliament rejects an austerity budget raises the prospect the country will become the third in the euro zone to need a bailout.

  • Japan Crisis Won't Derail ECB Rate Plans: Official Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 9:33 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The crisis in Japan following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands of people will not have an effect on the European Central Bank's interest rate policy, Manfred Schepers, vice-president finance and chief financial officer for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, told CNBC.

  • As Big Vote Nears, Bailout Looms for Portugal Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 1:42 AM ET

    With Portugal’s main opposition Social Democrats (PSD) announcing they will vote Wednesday against a raft of new austerity measures proposed by Prime Minister Jose Socrates, analysts expect the country will have no choice but to seek a bailout from Europe.

  • Is Bahrain Returning to Business as Usual? Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 10:32 AM ET
    Bahraini anti-government protesters stand close to makeshift roadblocks in Manama.

    Armed security forces and light tanks were visible Tuesday in Bahrain's financial harbor as the local press ran headlines heralding the resumption of "business as usual" and displaced expats began to slowly trickle back to the island kingdom.

  • Divided Libya Looks 'Increasingly Likely' Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 4:17 AM ET
    A Libyan jet bomber crashes after being shot down in Benghazi on March 19, 2011 as Libya's rebel stronghold came under attack, with at least two air strikes and sustained shelling of the city's south sending thick smoke into the sky.

    As anti-aircraft fire rang out across Tripoli for the third night in a row and US airstrikes yet to slow, one analyst told CNBC that there is a very real chance of Libya being divided between the Gaddafi-controlled West and rebel-controlled East.

  • Fears of Another Downturn Overplayed: Jim O'Neill Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 1:30 AM ET
    Anti-Gaddafi rebel runs away as smoke rises following an air strike by Libyan warplanes.

    Fears that the world economy is facing another downturn are being overplayed, despite the political upheaval caused by recent unrest in the Middle East and the earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan, Jim O'Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, said.

  • Will Saudi Arabia's Stimulus Calm Sectarian Tensions? Monday, 21 Mar 2011 | 11:01 AM ET
    Saudi youth wave their national flag as they celebrate the return of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

    Saudi Arabia's plan to shell out some $90 billion as part of a state-backed economic aid package continued to buoy regional markets Monday, but it is too early to tell how much the spending package will do to assuage sectarian tensions in the country, market analysts told CNBC.