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  • Tax Cuts for Rich Divide UK Government Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 1:45 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    George Osborne’s Budget brought to the top of the political agenda the question of how Britain taxes its wealthiest people – and simultaneously exposed tensions in the coalition.

  • 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.

  • Morgan Stanley's Fleming: Avoid European Debt     Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 12:00 AM ET

    Greg Fleming, Morgan Stanley Investment Management president, gives investors his best strategies for boosting portfolio performance now. Plus, his take on Europe's ongoing sovereign debt challenges.

  • 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.

  • Commodities Next Week     Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson examines the day's activity in the commodities markets, and looks ahead to where oil, gold and silver are likely headed next week.

  • 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.

  • Wave of Revolution     Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 9:09 AM ET

    NBC's Jim Maceda reports from Libya on showdown between coalition war planes and Gaddafi's ground forces.

  • 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.

  • Buffett's Bold Comments on Euro     Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 10:17 AM ET

    CNBC's Becky Quick has the details on Warren Buffett's bold comments on the Euro and his reinsurance business in India.

  • '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?

  • Portugal Debate     Wednesday, 23 Mar 2011 | 11:00 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs has the story on Portugal's Parliament debate on the austerity bill.

  • 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.