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Power Lunch Europe

  • Francois Hollande, France's president, arrives for a news conference following the European Leaders (EU) summit at the European Council headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, on Thursday, May 24, 2012.

    French President, Francois Hollande has cast himself as the European leader pushing hardest to forge a growth-oriented “new path” through the euro zone’s grinding debt crisis, pitting him against the austerity-minded German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the New York Times reports.

  • Subsidies Aid Rebirth in U.S. Manufacturing Friday, 11 May 2012 | 4:14 AM ET
    manufacturing engineering

    Walking through his high-ceilinged factory here, explaining the production of sheets of copper, M. Brian O’Shaughnessy comes across as a staunch advocate of manufacturing in America.

  • Has German Opposition Joined the Pro-Growth Chorus? Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 8:55 AM ET
    Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    German lawmakers likely will delay a vote on the euro zone's fiscal compact on budget discipline because the country's main opposition party wants to insert growth-focused measures into the pact, a coalition source told CNBC.

  • German Patience With Greece on the Euro Wears Thin Wednesday, 9 May 2012 | 3:30 AM ET
    Victory Column

    Just weeks ago, the idea that Greece would leave the euro zone was almost unthinkable. Now, with Greece’s newly empowered political parties refusing to abide by the terms of the country’s international loan agreement and Europe’s leaders talking tough, that outcome is looking increasingly likely. The NYT reports.

  • Monaco

    The invasion of the super-rich has a social impact, diluting what is referred to as the “civic” quality of the cities they have adopted as their playgrounds.

  • A counterfeit 100-euro-banknote.

    In Italy, the art of counterfeiting money — like winemaking, pottery, fabrics, and other fine arts for which Italy is justly famous — is often passed from father to son.

  • Directors often dole out personal safety perks to ease a chief executive’s tax bill. By classifying the benefits as security measures, the executives typically get a better tax treatment on the services.  It’s a common corporate tax trick. The New York Times reports.

  • When Lehman Brothers collapsed at the height of the financial crisis, JPMorgan Chase was at the center of the storm. The bank was a major lender to the firm, which filed the biggest bankruptcy in United States history. The NYT reports.

  • Romney’s Day to Relish Is Marred by Aide’s Gaffe Thursday, 22 Mar 2012 | 4:57 AM ET
    Mitt Romney

    Mitt Romney sought to use the coveted endorsement of Jeb Bush on Wednesday to amplify his call for Republicans to rally behind his candidacy and get on with the mission of ousting President Obama. The NYT reports.

  • Banks will face stiff penalties and intense public scrutiny if they fail to live up to the standards of a $25 billion mortgage settlement with state and federal authorities, according to court documents filed as part of the deal Monday in federal court in Washington. The NYT reports.

  • An Architect of a Deal Sees Greece as a Model Wednesday, 7 Mar 2012 | 11:17 AM ET
    European Bank Note

    A lead adviser to Greece on its debt deal,  Mitu Gulati, argues that instead of repeated austerity-based bailouts, other European countries should cut a deal directly with their creditors to reduce their debt loads.

  • Portugal’s Debt Efforts May Be Warning for Greece Wednesday, 15 Feb 2012 | 7:22 AM ET

    Unlike Greece, Portugal is a debtor nation that has done everything that the European Union and the International Monetary Fund have asked it to, in exchange for the 78 billion euro (about $103 billion) bailout Lisbon received last May. The NYT reports.

  • In Europe, Stagnation as a Way of Life Friday, 10 Feb 2012 | 3:19 AM ET
    Demonstrators shout slogans during a protest against plans for new austerity measures on October 19, 2011 in Athens, Greece.

    For all the struggles that Greece has gone through to satisfy its demanding lenders, Europe’s troubles are not going away, the New York Times reports.

  • Five Banks Bid for AIG Assets Wednesday, 8 Feb 2012 | 4:15 AM ET

    Another batch of the riskiest mortgage-backed securities once owned by the American International Group are being auctioned off this week, according to two people familiar with the matter, a sale that would bring the insurance giant’s 2008 meltdown once step closer to a resolution.

  • Portugal

    Investors are predicting that Portugal will be next in line after Greece to impose losses on bondholders as it struggles to meet the terms of a $103 billion bailout agreement struck with international creditors last May. The New York Times reports.

  • Hedge Funds May Sue Greece If Loss Forced Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 5:59 AM ET

    Hedge funds have been known to use hardball tactics to make money. Now they have come up with a new one: suing Greece in a human rights court to make good on its bond payments.

  • Downgrade of Debt Ratings Underscores Europe’s Woes Saturday, 14 Jan 2012 | 10:39 AM ET

    As Europe’s debt turmoil enters its third year, no clear solutions are yet in sight — despite recent signs that a new lending program by the European Central Bank might be easing pressures.

  • In Europe, Juggling Image and Capital Friday, 23 Dec 2011 | 5:30 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    Stung by souring loans and troubled government bond portfolios, many European banks are being forced by regulators to raise money to build up their cash cushions against future losses.

  • Top Earners Not So Lofty in the Days of Recession Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 5:14 AM ET
    Manhattan skyline

    Hold the condolence cards, but the recession cost the rich. The share of income received by the top 1 percent — that potent symbol of inequality — dropped to 17 percent in 2009 from 23 percent in 2007, according to federal tax data. The New York Times reports.

  • Euro Zone Agrees to Follow the Original Rules Saturday, 10 Dec 2011 | 10:43 AM ET
    Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy

    In the fiscal accord, the nations that use the euro essentially agreed to go back to Plan A — that is, the principles and rules with which they created their common currency two decades ago.