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    Plans to give shareholders more power over boardroom pay will be given centre stage in the Queen’s Speech, as highly paid executives face another week of lambasting from shareholders, the Financial Times reports.

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    It has been a weekend of major change in the European political landscape, with elections in France, Greece, the UK, Germany and Italy.  Some observers are now saying that if the politics of austerity continue, Europe could be in danger of breaking up.

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    Greece needs to see consensus among the various political factions and to renegotiate its bailout to return to markets and build a long-term program of economic growth, according to the President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce.

  • French President Nicholas Sarkozy

    President Nicolas Sarkozy’s hopes of re-election suffered a further knock when the leader of France’s centrist party shifted his support to the Socialist challenger already buoyed by a strong performance in the campaign’s only head-to-head television debate, the Financial Times reports.

  • Chen Guangcheng Calls Into China Commission Hearing

    CNBC's John Harwood reports the latest developments in the China dissident drama, including a phone call from Chen Guangcheng into the hearing on Capitol Hill to plead his case.

  • Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King

    Repairing the economy and regulating banks is “the biggest challenge the Bank [of England] has faced for decades,” Sir Mervyn King said on Wednesday in a speech in which he conceded for the first time he should have “shouted from the rooftops” about risks before the financial crisis.

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    A major new rule that has drawn the ire of Wall Street is on track for completion sooner than some bankers had expected, dashing the hopes of financial industry lobbyists, who have pressed for a delay. The NYT reports.

  • Chris Christie for Vice President?

    Will New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie toss his hat into the ring for Vice President? Steve Kornacki, Salon.com and Robert Costa, National Review, weigh in.

  • Betting on the European Banks

    Insight on how U.S. hedge funds have been making money on the European banks, with Chris Wheeler, bank analyst at Mediobanca.

  • President Obama Visits Afghanistan

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on President Obama's visit to Afghanistan on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

  • Walmart

    With controversy building over its role in a Mexican bribery scandal, Wal-Mart’s desire to stay out of the limelight will now be put to a test. To help weather the fallout, Wal-Mart will rely on the relationships it has worked assiduously to develop in Washington during the last decade — relationships that its critics say have insulated it from political threats. The NYT reports.

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    May Day, Europe’s equivalent to the U.S. Labor Day, is traditionally a protest day, a symbol for workers and trade unions, but upcoming elections in France and Greece are bringing a new level of political importance to the annual holiday.

  • Demonstrators shout slogans against government's recent austerity economy measures during a protest in Athens.

    Thousands of Greek workers were expected to protest austerity cuts as part of annual May Day rallies on Tuesday, days before a national election that risks derailing an international bailout keeping Greece afloat.

  • Jobs: DNC vs. RNC Showdown

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on President Obama's stump speech to a trade union today, and debating whether the Keystone XL pipeline is the remedy for job creation, with Brad Woodhouse, Democratic National Committee and Sean Spicer, Republican National Committee.

  • House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., holds a copy of his budget proposal 'The Path to Prosperity' during a news conference on the FY2012 budget resolution on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

    From catfish to Rage Against the Machine, Rep. Paul Ryan has become perhaps the most influential policy maker in the GOP, its de facto head of economic policy, The New York Times says.

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    Consumer sentiment will remain weak across the euro zone as the region grapples with austerity, rising unemployment and the specter of recession—apart from Germany, where the economic fundamentals are underpinning a rise in consumer spending, Bob Parker told CNBC.

  • Spain

    Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services announced on Monday that it had lowered the credit rating of 16 Spanish banks. The downgrade came ahead of an announcement of Spain’s first quarter GDP figures, which showed the country had fallen back into recession.

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    Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets of Spain’s capital on Sunday to protest against new austerity measures that will hit health and education benefits.

  • United States Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

    Is Tim Geithner the most politically partisan treasury secretary in history? Certainly sounds like it these days. As the government’s chief financial officer, he’s spending a lot of time firing campaign barbs at various Republicans and their policies.

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    Spain will be downgraded further by credit agencies, the managing director of Roubini Global Economics said on Friday, because its balance sheet is so large that it can’t resolve its problems by spending cuts alone.