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  • FBI Says Hacking Attack on IMF Started in China Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 7:20 PM ET
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen in Washington, DC.

    U.S. authorities investigating a hacking attack on the International Monetary Fund have concluded it originated in China and was probably connected to the government. The FT reports.

  • Hungary Backs Down but EU Still Unhappy Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 9:00 AM ET

    As talks between Hungary and its international creditors heat up, sharp European Union criticism of the country's lack of progress in tackling its high budget deficit added to pressure on Hungarian negotiators, who already seemed to be softening their tough stance.

  • Euro Steadies, Pound Slips, Hungary Talks to the IMF Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 7:40 AM ET
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    British trade data disappoints and Fitch offers tough love for the euro - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Greek Debt Deal Talks: How Much of a 'Haircut'? Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 10:52 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    As negotiators arrive back in Athens today, Greece enters a pivotal time period in which it must finish a crucial renegotiation of its more than $200 billion of debt.

  • Why a Financial Transactions Tax Is Bad for Everyone Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 6:47 AM ET
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    Amid the wailing and gnashing of teeth that are governments’ attempts to confirm the long-term viability of the euro project, we are also witnessing an attempt to introduce a financial transactions tax (FTT) or “Tobin Tax” in the European Union.

  • Greece Audit Could Roil Markets Next Week Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 6:45 PM ET

    Beware of trades linked to Europe ahead of Greece's audit next week, one “Fast Money” pro said Monday.

  • Next 'Risk Off' Event from Europe Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 5:54 PM ET
    Next 'Risk Off' Event from Europe

    The play on Europe before next Monday's Greece audit, with Larry McDonald, Newedge senior director.

  • Is Now a Good Time to Invest in Hungary? Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 8:43 AM ET

    A Hungarian delegation prepares to resume talks with the International Monetary Fund this week, hoping to secure a credit lifeline while investors continue to push up the country’s borrowing costs.

  • Leaders in Europe Warn Against Extreme Populism Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 7:32 AM ET
    Budapest, Hungary

    Hungary's economy is approaching "meltdown," analysts warn, adding another financial crisis within Europe and raising concerns about more extreme populist moods gaining ground. The Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Hungary 'a Good Investment'? Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 2:10 AM ET
    Hungary 'a Good Investment'?

    There is a lot of negativity priced into Hungary, whereas Poland is considered the "darling" of Central and Eastern Europe, Bartosz Pawlowski Emerging Market Strategist at Barclays Wealth Management, said. "Before the month ends we're going to have more clarity and it's going to be a good investment," he said.

  • Hungary

    Fitch became the third ratings agency to downgrade Hungary's debt to "junk" status on Friday, invoking further deterioration in the country's fiscal and external financing and growth outlook and the government's "unorthodox" economic policies.

  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a working lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

    Creating a stronger currency union will take time, and the two leaders should concentrate on putting out the immediate fire first, by finding ways to boost growth, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • Risks to Global Growth Increasing: IMF's Zhu Min Thursday, 5 Jan 2012 | 2:13 AM ET
    Zhu Min, deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), speaks during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Dalian, China.

    The risks to global growth are increasing, which may prompt the International Monetary Fund to forecast a recession for Europe this year, according to Zhu Min, deputy managing director of the IMF.

  • Euro Break-Up Biggest Threat in 2012: CFOs Survey Tuesday, 3 Jan 2012 | 5:41 AM ET
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    UK chief financial officers (CFOs) see the break - up of the European single currency as the greatest threat to their businesses in 2012, a survey from the accountancy firm Deloitte showed on Tuesday.

  • El-Erian: IMF Must Stand Up to 'European Bullying' Friday, 30 Dec 2011 | 5:51 AM ET
    Pimco co-CEO Mohamed El-Erian

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should resist pressure from European Union leaders to take part in inadequate bailout programs for European countries, Mohamed El-Erian wrote in the Financial Times.

  • Greek Tax Officials Strike in Protest Against Austerity Thursday, 29 Dec 2011 | 7:29 AM ET
    Greece

    Greek tax officials walked off the job Thursday at the start of a 48-hour strike to protest salary cuts and other austerity measures, as the government struggles to meet revenue targets.

  • Global Markets Update: Euro Up Slightly Against the Dollar

    U.S. futures are up the last trading day before Christmas and a day after the House agrees to accept Senate terms on the payroll tax cut. In Europe, the markets rally into the holidays. The euro is slightly up against the dollar.

  • Ten Surprises for 2012: America Becomes Germany Thursday, 22 Dec 2011 | 1:35 AM ET
    Businessman with crystal ball

    What does 2012 hold for the world economy? Will it fall into a double dip recession? Will the euro zone take us all down with it? While acknowledging that predicting what will happen next year is a dangerous business, economist and founder of Strategy Economics Matthew Lynn decided to try anyway.

  • The Top 15 Business Stories of 2011 Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 2:42 PM ET
    This story has been a slow moving train wreck all year, and will likely go into next year as well. The Euro zone continues to struggle with the fact that some of its members haven't been as fiscally responsible as others. Who'd have thought  would become a common finance term? Thanks to our global reach, CNBC.com was on top of every twist and turn. Of particular interest to our readers were our round-ups of the  and

    What were the biggest business stories of the year? Many a journo-hotshot will be glad to tell you. But here at CNBC.com, we like when our readers tell us what interests you.

  • Good Bye to a Hard Year and More of the Same Tuesday, 20 Dec 2011 | 9:59 AM ET
    Traders work in the ten-year U.S. Treasury Note options pit at the Chicago Board of Trade in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

    For investors the markets have been consistently grim all year and the issues we’ve discussed from start to finish – sluggish economic growth, high and rising unemployment, sovereign debt crises and the future of the euro – are still with us and will haunt us well into 2012.