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    Asia’s clean bill of health presents two major opportunities. The first is to re-ignite the drive towards closer economic cooperation that has been stalled since the late 1990s Asian Financial Crisis.

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    European stocks were indicated to open lower after Moody's put Spain's credit rating on review for a possible downgrade, on worries over the country's debt and funding needs for next year.

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    European investors were set to take a wait-and-see approach to start Tuesday, with indications of little change to major markets at the opening bell.

  • Boris Johnson

    Europe was nowhere near ready for the euro when it was introduced in 1999 and the sovereign debt crisis has proven critics of a one-size-fits-all monetary policy right, London mayor Boris Johson wrote in an opinion piece for UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph on Monday.

  • Are the Irish already getting accustomed to a more austere life?

  • Flags of member states of the European Union.

    As German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy meet in the small German town of Freiburg to discuss their next move in the euro-zone debt crisis, the market is still questioning what International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Khan calls the EU’s "piecemeal" response.

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    European shares looked set to extend their winning streak to a fifth session Friday as investor sentiment got a boost from positive economic data from the U.S.

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    As the equities market quietly side steps this week's jump in interest rates, Wall Street prognosticators are issuing more bullish forecasts for next year.

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    European stocks looked set to continue the strong performance of the previous session at the open Thursday as commodities regained strength and boosted the major indexes.

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    The increase in global interest rates is signaling a willingness by investors to take on more risk, even as year end profit-taking hit gold and other commodities.

  • Euros at an angle

    Will the euro zone survive in its current form? Martin Wolf addresses this question by considering three more issues in the Financial Times.

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    European stock index futures pointed to a lower open on Wednesday, with stocks poised to halt a week-long rally, mirroring a mixed session on Wall Street.

  • Chatter about interest rates may be in the air again after the 10-year yield rose to 3.167, its highest level since late June. With little data on the horizon, the market focus will be more intense than usual on the Treasury's Wednesday auction of $21 billion in reopened 10-year notes.

  • Jim Rogers

    Some countries in Western Europe are bankrupt or are having serious liquidity problems and they should be allowed to restructure their debt, famous investor Jim Rogers told CNBC Tuesday.

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    European stocks were seen rising on Tuesday, lifted by U.S. President Barack Obama's compromise deal to extend all Bush-era tax cuts for two years.

  • Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve Chairman

    China, Wikileaks, Bernanke, Bush and more. Here's what you need to know to make the smart moves this week.

  • United States Federal Reserve

    Since the US central bank launched its $600 billion round of asset purchases at the start of November, its critics have not hesitated to accuse it of recklessness, incompetence and conspiracy to devalue the dollar, often in vitriolic terms, the FT reports.

  • New York Stock Exchange, lower Manhattan, New York City.

    European finance ministers meet Monday and Tuesday as the Irish vote on their budget. The White House and Congress, meanwhile, are expected to move toward a compromise extending the Bush tax cuts.

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    European shares are seen opening little changed Friday after Thursday's strong gains, with investors waiting for widely-watched US nonfarm payrolls data for near-term market direction.

  • M&A counselor and senior chairman at Sullivan & Cromwell, Rodgin Cohen, gave his outlook in a CNBC interview Thursday on two key economic issues — the U.S. reaching a deal on extending expiring tax cuts and Europe holding the line with Spain.