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  • People walk by closed shops in Athens on Oct. 18, 2012, during the 24-hour general strike.

    As EU leaders prepare to meet in Brussels on Thursday, Greece’s workers aim to make their voices heard by holding a 24-hour strike bringing the country to a halt. But with the economy in the fifth year of a recession, the lost production could cost the economy 100 million euros, according to one expert and prove counterproductive.

  • Global Markets: EU Shares Trading Lower  Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 6:11 AM ET

    CNBC's Kelly Evans reports on all the market moving events from Europe, including a preview of the likely agenda at an EU summit set to take place in Brussels.

  • Rosneft Set to Clinch Deal on TNK-BP Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 2:11 AM ET

    The chief executive of Rosneft will on Thursday finalise a deal with BP that will turn the Russian national champion into the world’s largest publicly traded crude oil producer.  The FT reports.

  • Europe Banking Supervisor Plan ‘Illegal’ Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 | 1:41 AM ET
    The "Europe" sculpture by Belgian artist May Claerhout, outside the European Parliament building in Brussels, Belgium.

    A plan to create a single euro zone banking supervisor is illegal, according to a secret legal opinion for EU finance ministers that deals a further blow to a reform deemed vital to solving the bloc’s debt crisis, the Financial Times reports

  • Finding Growth Potential in Central Europe  Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 7:40 PM ET

    Pawel Swieboda, President, demosEuropa explains why he's optimistic on Central European nations. He adds that the shift to continental Europe has given nations like Poland an opportunity to expand into global markets.

  • Mixed Bag for Earnings Season  Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 6:10 PM ET

    Monty Agarwal, Managing Partner, MA Capital Management says that although companies are beating earnings expectations, they are doing so from a low base.

  • France's 'Rich' Tax = Deals on Paris Mansions Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 2:32 PM ET
    This townhouse in Villa Montmorency, one of Paris's best neighborhoods, is on the market for about $18 million.

    The 75 percent tax on millionaires in France has caused more of the rich to put their homes up for sale. But don't expect bargains in Paris, where prices remains high.

  • European Shares Power to 3-Week Highs, Led by Spain Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 11:49 AM ET

    Europe's equity market powered to three-week highs on Wednesday, with the Madrid bourse and the banking sector bolstered by news that Spain had escaped a rating downgrade to 'junk' and hopes that it will soon seek a bailout.

  • Why Bigger Isn't Better for Investors Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:31 AM ET

    The challenge for corporates in the post-crash environment is to remain competitive. That calls for stronger engagement with customers, and sticking to one’s areas of genuine expertise, not necessarily becoming bigger, argues Moorad Choudhry.

  • UK Lobby Group Plans to Curb Rogue Bankers Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 9:16 AM ET

    Bankers in Britain could in the future face being struck off an industry-wide register if they misbehave, if plans being drawn up by a U.K. banking group go ahead.

  • Spain Keeps Its Rating, Euro Lifts Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 8:01 AM ET

    Spain avoids a cut and the British go to work — it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Reform Pension Systems or Pay the Price, Report Warns Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 6:21 AM ET

    As populations rapidly age, reform to straining pension systems must happen now or we will all pay the pay the price when we retire, according to the latest report on pension provision.

  • Global Markets: European Shares Edge Higher  Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 6:15 AM ET

    CNBC's Kelly Evans reports on all the market moving events from Europe, including a look at the Spanish IBEX, the main gainer in Wednesday morning trading.

  • Boring Bankers Replace ‘Masters of the Universe’ Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 3:27 AM ET

    There are few bankers running Wall Street institutions these days who hark back to the big brash era before the financial crisis. Mike Corbat’s elevation to succeed Vikram Pandit as Citigroup’s next chief executive adds another methodical financier to a growing group of low-profile bank bosses.

  • Opposition Wanes to Spanish Aid Request Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 2:43 AM ET

    Opposition to a Spanish request for a second round of EU aid has begun to wither in recent days both in Madrid and other eurozone capitals, clearing the way for the first use of a new, limitless European Central Bank bond buying program

  • BBA Considers Register to Ban Rogue Bankers Wednesday, 17 Oct 2012 | 1:50 AM ET

    U.K. bankers face the risk of being barred from their profession by an independent body if they misbehave, under new rules being weighed up by the main City bank lobby group in a bid to revive the battered reputation of the financial sector, the FT reports.

  • When Will Spain Pop the Question? Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 3:34 PM ET

    Germany seems to be thawing toward Greece, but what this means for the euro is complicated. And then there's Spain.

  • Hssss! Where Wall Street vampires get their fangs Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 2:50 PM ET

    The teeth are pretty sharp on Wall Street but Father Sebastiaan van Houten, professional fang maker, makes them even sharper. Hsssssss!

  • Banks Lead Way as Europe Stocks Extend Gains Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    European shares closed higher on Tuesday after Portugal revealed an austerity-focused budget and a report suggested Spain is ready to request a bailout.

  • Was Marilyn Monroe Really a Savvy Businesswoman? Tuesday, 16 Oct 2012 | 11:03 AM ET

    Marilyn Monroe has been dead for more than 50 years, but her image lives on and her estate made $27 million last year, according to Forbes which placed her at number 3 on its ‘Dead Celebrities Rich List in 2011, right behind Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.

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