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  • As the public prepares to go to the polls this weekend, Italian executives disagree over the impact the outcome could have on a country already struggling with debt and a lack of investor confidence.

  • Merkel Ally Says France Is 'Problem Child' Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 8:05 AM ET

    France is a "problem child" in the euro zone and needs to implement more austerity measures and labor market reforms to regain competitiveness, a senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

  • Clouds over the City of London

    Britain's tax authority on Thursday published the names of what it described as "tax cheats" for the first time, part of efforts to address public anger over tax evasion at a time of economic austerity.

  • Global Markets Update     Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 6:10 AM ET

    CNBC's Kelly Evans reports on all the market moving events from Europe, including weak PMI figures out of Europe.

  • Reality Check Coming for the Euro: Pro Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 5:47 AM ET

    Investors in the euro should tread with caution, Geoffrey Yu, FX strategist at UBS told CNBC on Friday, warning that concerns over political stability in some of the euro zone's biggest countries could send the currency sharply lower again.

  • Bradenburg Gate in Germany.

    German business morale surged at its fastest pace in over two years in February, pushing higher for a fourth consecutive month and pointing to a solid recovery in Europe's largest economy after a dismal end to 2012.

  • Vote Is a Mandate to Get on With Strategy: Bumi CEO Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 4:47 AM ET
    Nick von Schirnding, chief executive officer of Bumi Plc.

    The chief executive of London-listed miner Bumi Nick von Schirnding told CNBC that the outcome of Thursday's shareholder vote had given the company's management a mandate to get on with its strategy.

  • EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia

    The European Commission suspects the existence of cartels involved in manipulating Libor and Euribor, the EU's antitrust chief said in a speech on Friday.

  • European Markets Open Higher     Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 3:00 AM ET

    Karen Cho takes you through the European market open where stocks have come in higher.

  • The Bank of England has a good case for restarting monetary stimulus, and may need to buy up to 175 billion pounds more of government bonds if growth is far below potential, a senior policymaker said.

  • Silvio Berlusconi represents the country's darker side of Italy in a controversial new documentary

    The controversial new documentary's Rome premiere was canceled, its subject deemed "too political" ahead of elections this Sunday.

  • Italy's Finmeccanica Delays Results Over India Probe Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 1:53 AM ET

    Italian defence group Finmeccanica has delayed publication of its 2012 results after a bribery probe connected with the sale of 12 helicopters to Indian authorities, it said on Thursday.

  • Britain to India: Diamond in Royal Crown Is Ours Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 1:50 AM ET

    British Prime Minister David Cameron says a giant diamond his country forced India to hand over in the colonial era that was set in a royal crown will not be returned.

  • Italy Court OKs State Loans to World's Oldest Bank Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 1:12 AM ET

    A court in Rome ruled on Thursday the Italian government's plan to lend 3.9 billion euros to troubled lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena can go ahead. The Rome administrative court will make its decision public on Friday.

  • Things Could Quickly Unravel: Strategist     Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 1:09 AM ET

    Geoffrey Yu, FX strategist at UBS, tells CNBC that the market was complacent and waited too long to price in political woes.

  • Peter Griffin, Head of Global Risk Assessment and Sovereign Fixed Income at Global Interest Rates says indecisiveness in the Italian elections could result in spreads blowing out.

  • Brussels Turns Up Pressure Over Libor Friday, 22 Feb 2013 | 12:34 AM ET

    Banks and broker-dealers ensnared in the Libor-rigging scandal are facing fresh pressure to settle with Europe's top competition authority, the Financial Times reports.

  • Action in the Euro Could Dictate Wall Street Friday Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 9:19 PM ET

    Traders will be watching the track of the euro Friday, as they decide how defensive they should be going into the weekend. Thursday was a second day of "risk-off" selling with stock, commodities and the euro all heading lower.

  • Italy Vote May Not Give Country What It Needs Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 7:51 PM ET

    Silvio Berlusconi's resurgence and the rise of a foul-mouthed populist comedian have thrown Italy's weekend election wide open, with deep uncertainty over whether the poll can produce a positive outcome.

  • Another Falklands Conflict? Argentina's Rhetoric Heats Up Thursday, 21 Feb 2013 | 12:24 PM ET
    Argentinian Foreign Minister Hector Timerman leaves in a car from Britain's Houses of Parliament in London, on February 5, 2013.

    Next month will determine the eventual fate of the Falkland Islands—and the 1.4 billion barrels of oil so far discovered there. The resolution will come through a referendum among the islanders themselves. Argentina isn't happy about that.

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  • Jan Dunning, CEO of St Petersburg-headquartered hypermarket chain Lenta, says the situation in Ukraine has had no impact on the group, as consumer confidence remains unaffected in Russia.

  • Vincent Deluard, European strategist at Ned Davis Research Group, says the strong euro is a problem for the region's companies, especially for the large exporters.

  • European shares closed higher on Thursday as investors brushed aside concerns regarding Ukraine and focused instead on Wall Street earnings and the latest U.S. jobs data.

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