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  • Luxury residential properties are seen on Eaton Place, Belgravia, in London, U.K.

    U.K. house prices surged to a five-year high in July, according to the U.K.'s biggest building society, but the author of the new report told CNBC that talk of a housing bubble are overplayed and price moves are only "modest".

  • Pimco helps Europe's largest insurer beat forecasts Friday, 2 Aug 2013 | 1:29 AM ET

    Europe's largest insurer Allianz posted a strong second quarter performance on Friday helped by the performance of Pimco, which saw a 40 percent profit growth from the first quarter.

  • Mediaset exec: Berlusconi didn't help run company Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 3:39 PM ET

    A top executive for the media company at the center of Silvio Berlusconi's tax fraud conviction said the billionaire politician did not play any role in running the company he founded.

  • Berlusconi's last appeal rejected, sentence upheld Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 2:46 PM ET

    Italy's supreme court rejected Berlusconi's final appeal and upheld his jail sentence in a blow to the former prime minister that could throw the country's government into crisis.

  • Get into Egypt 'sooner rather than later' Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 11:24 AM ET

    Investors should view Egypt's political crisis as a buying opportunity and get in "sooner rather than later", the country's finance minister told CNBC on Thursday.

  • ECB's Draghi confirms low interest rate guidance Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 9:14 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Thursday repeated interest rates would remain at present or lower levels for an extended period of time, a move the bank hopes will support a recovery in the euro zone later this year and in 2014.

  • This could be the best way to play the UK recovery Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 8:23 AM ET
    Pound coin

    Amid growing signs of a recovery in the U.K. economy, one currency strategist says the best way to position for the rebound is to sell the euro against sterling.

  • Free electricity on Saturdays? Offer could come to UK Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 7:41 AM ET

    U.K. homes could soon be powered for nothing at the weekends, if radical plans by energy supplier British Gas are implemented.

  • Bank of England holds fire before key inflation report Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 6:46 AM ET
    A city worker walks past the Bank of England in central London.

    The Bank of England opted to maintain its main interest rate at 0.5 percent and keep its asset purchase program on hold, but did not issue a statement about future policy following the decision.

  • Colossal debate over road through Rome's history Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 6:18 AM ET

    Rome's mayor is seeking to ban private traffic on a roadway from the central Piazza Venezia to the Colosseum, prompting a histrionic debate.

  • Spain's Rajoy says mishandled major corruption scandal Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 5:50 AM ET
    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy acknowledged on Thursday he made a mistake in his handling of a major corruption scandal in the ruling centre-right People's Party, but vigorously denied he had received illegal payments.

  • Staycation time: EU leaders keep it low-key Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 5:23 AM ET
    The Langkofel Group in the Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy

    In the midst of political turbulence, forthcoming elections, austerity and even a corruption scandal, Europe's leaders are set to take their annual vacation from the hurly-burly of political life.

  • Bumper European bank earnings boost stocks Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 4:58 AM ET
    Canary Wharf, London

    Some of Europe's largest banks reported better-than-expected earnings on Thursday, despite difficult trading conditions in the region, as a big week for bank results nears its end.

  • UK factory activity soars at start of third quarter Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 4:55 AM ET

    British manufacturing grew at its fastest rate in more than two years at the start of the third quarter and looks set to help the recovering economy gain momentum, a survey showed on Thursday.

  • Royal Bank of Scotland to appoint McEwan as CEO Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 3:45 AM ET

    Royal Bank of Scotland is looking to appoint its former head of retail banking, Ross McEwan, as the new chief executive to replace Stephen Hester.

  • Societe Generale profit more than doubles Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 3:10 AM ET

    Frédéric Oudéa, chief executive of Societe Generale (SocGen) said he was happy with the bank's business performance after the French banking group reported second quarter net profit of 955 million euros ($1.26 billion), above a Reuters consensus of 703 million euros.

  • Shell CEO 'disappointed' after big earnings miss Thursday, 1 Aug 2013 | 2:02 AM ET

    Royal Dutch Shell reported a 20 percent drop in second-quarter earnings on Thursday as higher costs, exploration charges, exchange rate effects and challenges in Nigeria took their toll.

  • Barclays cash call may be bad omen for UK banks Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 12:46 PM ET
    The Canary Wharf business district in London.

    Barclays' cash call, aimed at boosting its capital strength and meeting another hefty mis-selling charge, could bode ill for other U.K. banks such as Lloyds, analysts said.

  • Schneider CEO: Invensys takeover a 'good deal' Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 11:59 AM ET

    Schneider Electric's takeover of Invensys will be good for both shareholders and customers, its CEO told CNBC, allowing the company to compete more effectively with its rivals.

  • Generali earnings beat amid radical transformation Wednesday, 31 Jul 2013 | 10:51 AM ET

    Italy's largest insurer Generali reported first first-half net profit on Thursday that beat market expectations, its strongest half-year performance in five years.

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