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  • Silvio Berlusconi

    Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his "last great electoral and political battle" on Sunday.

  • Spain's PM Mariano Rajoy Denies Corruption Charges Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 10:54 AM ET
    Mariano Rajoy, Prime Minister of Spain.

    The Spanish PM has strongly denied claims that he and other members of the governing party received secret payments. "I have never received or distributed 'black money', it's false," he said, stressing that he would not resign.

  • France On Track for Growth Target: Minister Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 10:31 AM ET

    French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici on Sunday said the government believed it could reach its 2013 economic growth target of 0.8 percent.

  • Hedge Funds Up Bets Against Italy's Monte Paschi Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 9:24 AM ET

    London hedge funds Odey Asset Management and Egerton Capital are among those upping their bets against Monte dei Paschi di Siena in recent days, after revelations the troubled Italian bank faces heavy losses.

  • New Measures to Lift Veil on Banks' Capital Ratios Sunday, 3 Feb 2013 | 9:17 AM ET

    The game may soon be up for banks that have made themselves look healthier by understating how risky their businesses are, which should help pension funds, savers and companies to decide which institutions to invest in.

  • Inflation Nears ECB Goal Amid Record Joblessness Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 1:37 PM ET
    ECB’s New Bond Plan: OMT! Crisis Averted, for Now

    Euro zone inflation fell to a two-year low as companies cut prices at a time of record joblessness, potentially giving the European Central Bank more scope to lower interest rates.

  • European Markets Extend Gains   Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 11:30 AM ET
    European Markets Extend Gains

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on EU markets moved higher on Friday after the U.S. released its jobs report.

  • Denmark's Nokia Moment on $100 Billion Stock Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 6:37 AM ET
    Copenhagen, Denmark

    Denmark is facing its "Nokia moment"; drugmaker Novo Nordisk has ballooned into a $100 billion giant, dominating its home stock market just as the Finnish firm did at the height of the 1990s tech boom.

  • Banks Slow Crisis Money Repayment to ECB Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 6:07 AM ET
    European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

    Banks will pay back another 3.5 billion euros next week of the emergency 3-year loans they took from the European Central Bank a year ago, further deflating the ECB's balance sheet after they paid back a whopping 137 billion euros this week.

  • Worst Not Over for Spain Banks After Big Writedowns Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 3:51 AM ET
    Signs sit outside a Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria SA (BBVA) bank branch in Madrid, Spain.

    Spain's largest banks have reported dismal results over the past 24 hours, hit by toxic real estate assets, and according to analysts, the results highlight the desperate need for Spain's banks to raise more capital.

  •  Electrolux Q4 Profit Misses Forecasts, Europe Still Weak

    Keith McLoughlin, CEO of Electrolux, tells CNBC that Western Europe consumer demand is weak as austerity measures take hold and they expect low demand in the first half.

  • European Markets Open Flat   Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 3:00 AM ET
    European Markets Open Flat

    Steve Sedgwick takes you through the European market open, where stocks have opened flat.

  • Could Europe's Banks Ignite Another Crisis?   Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 2:30 AM ET
    Could Europe's Banks Ignite Another Crisis?

    Chris Wheeler, bank analyst at Mediobanca, tells CNBC that the big question is what state the balance sheets of European banks are in.

  • The grand opening Louis Vuitton shop in Hong Kong.

    Louis Vuitton, the world's biggest luxury brand in terms of sales, is planning to dampen its expansion worldwide and focus on high-end products to preserve its exclusive image, said Bernard Arnault, chief executive of parent LVMH.

  • Will Banks Lead the Market Lower?   Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 2:00 AM ET
     Will Banks Lead the Market Lower?

    Ashok Shah, CIO at London and Capital, tells CNBC that banks have been given a ¿free lunch¿ borrowing at very low cost in order to boost their profitability.

  • Barclays in Qatar Loan Probe Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 1:28 AM ET
    Barclays: Under Investigation

    UK authorities are probing an allegation that Barclays loaned Qatar money to invest in the bank as part of its cash call at the height of the financial crisis in 2008, which enabled the bank to avoid a UK government bailout.

  • Lawson Urges Full Nationalization of RBS Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 1:23 AM ET
    The Royal Bank of Scotland

    Nigel Lawson, former Tory chancellor, has urged George Osborne to fully nationalize the Royal Bank of Scotland, attacking the banking industry's bonus culture and what he says are its overrated "star" traders, the Financial Times reports.

  • Credit Agricole Hit by 3.8 Billion Euros in Charges Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 1:09 AM ET

    French bank Credit Agricole warned on Friday that its fourth quarter results would be battered by 3.8 billion euros ($5.16 billion) in charges as the French bank reels from ill-timed acquisitions from before the 2008 financial crisis.

  • German Stocks Still Find Love After Major Rally Friday, 1 Feb 2013 | 1:00 AM ET
    A financial trader uses a telephone as he monitors data on his computer screens in front of a display of the DAX Index curve at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

    Germany's Dax index has risen 20 percent over the past year, reaching new five-year highs, even as the economy has slowed in recent months, but analysts say German stocks are still attractive because of the export potential of many of the companies.

  • Spain Stocks Brace as Short-Selling Ban Ends Thursday, 31 Jan 2013 | 1:20 PM ET
    A trader looks at a display board showing information on the stock index, at the Madrid Stock Exchange in Madrid, Spain.

    Spain's short-selling ban came to an end on Thursday but analysts say that although the lifting of the ban is a sign of improved sentiment, further downward pressure should be expected in the coming weeks.

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