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    With divisions over how to respond to the Greek debt crisis worrying investors, one analyst believes there are considerable short-term risks for the euro.

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    The CEO of Europe's largest insurer by gross premiums and market capitalization has called for more aid for Greece and a plan to help the country's growth, according to German media reports.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    As he prepares to stand down from the European Central Bank later this year, Jean-Claude Trichet could be forgiven for asking himself why he bothers. Having steered the euro zone through crisis after crisis, the criticism of his time running Europe’s central bank gets louder and louder.

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    European stocks were expected to open lower on Monday following a further downgrade of Greece's credit rating by rating agency Fitch and after Standard and Poor's decision at the weekend to revise its outlook for Italy to "negative" from "stable".

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    S&P cut its outlook on Italian debt at the weekend, citing fear over its growth record, weak reform process and the likely impact of reducing its high government debt.

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    It’s going to be a sizzling summer for the Middle East. You stand a lot to gain, or say a lot less to lose, if you’ve done the prep work.

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    Fighting inflation in times when commodity prices increase is part of the future challenges the European Central Bank (ECB) will have to face, Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, executive board member of the ECB, said in an exclusive interview with CNBC Friday.

  • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could chair the June meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, giving the Iranian president a platform and an opportunity for the country to force a way out of its growing isolation.

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    Europe’s banking regulator will unveil the results of a third round of stress tests of its banks next month, but analysts have little hope that they will calm investors' nerves.

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    European stocks were indicated to open slightly higher after Thursday's rise, with the euro easing against the dollar but holding on to some of the gains made on the back of weaker than expected US data.

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    Just 20 percent of the Greek electorate believe the country should abide by the terms of the European Union/International Monetary Fund loan agreement and pay off all its debts, according to a poll in a Greek newspaper.

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    European stocks were indicated to open stronger Wednesday after Tuesday's sell-off, as Asian shares shrugged off a mixed US close.

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    If you think developed markets are in a low growth environment for some time, invest accordingly and take a view on the growth outlook, says Stewart Richardson, RMG Wealth Management.

  • A Petroleos Mexicanos (PEMEX) oil rig near the shores of the state of Campeche, Mexico.

    The price of oil has been very volatile in recent weeks, but one investor believes over the medium term there are good reasons for crude prices to remain above $100 a barrel.

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    European shares are expected to open higher on Thursday with the DAX, CAC and FTSE 100 predicted to begin trade 30 points higher by spread betters in London.

  • The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its international debut at the Farnborough Airshow in the UK in July.

    The World Trade Organisation’s ruling that European subsidies for Airbus must end is “a clear, final win for fair trade,” the company’s main US competitor Boeing said today.

  • Switzerland

    The S&P 500 and MSCI emerging market index are both sitting on healthy gains since the start of the year but the Swiss SMI is range bound around 6,500 points. Why? One analyst believes it is all down to the weak dollar.

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    Low levels of leverage, the availability of bank capital and improving business confidence should presage a renewed surge in corporate mergers and acquisitions, according to an equity strategist at HSBC.

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    The role of financial investors in commodity markets is overestimated, veteran oil trader and CEO of the Dubai Mercantile Exchange Tom Leaver told

  • IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    The sight of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, managing director of the International Monetary Fund and prospective candidate for the French presidency, doing the "perp walk" was stupefying. If the charges are true, this capable man is a lunatic. But, unless the case collapses, the event will cast a long shadow, according to the FT.