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  • Euros & Downward Graph

    Piling on more debt to help kick start growth will simply “stunt growth” and threaten economic welfare according to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble.

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    The man who ran Germany when the euro began trading has an idea to save the euro zone: the creation of a "United States of Europe."

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    Greater fiscal and political union is needed in Europe, and will be discussed by euro zone leaders within months, Joaquin Almunia, EU Competition Commissioner, told CNBC Saturday.

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    The Italian government is still wrangling over how best to balance its budget, losing credibility with key leaders and opinion formers.

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    The Swiss central bank has started to buy French and German government debt from the markets to try to bring the Swiss franc down, Dow Jones newswire wrote on Saturday, quoting a report by German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

  • Between the stunningly bad jobs report and the mess in Europe, investors have more than their share of reasons to avoid risk. Here's how.

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    The site of the Villa d’Este on the shores of Lake Como has been the home of medieval nuns, Jesuit priests, and Caroline of Brunswick, the scandalous Princess of Wales.

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    In Greece, "further economic weakness expected this year, partly driven by the global slowdown, can only make things worse also on the fiscal front," according to economists at Credit Suisse in London.

  • The world’s developed economies are trapped at the “stall speed” of low growth and need to have greater fiscal stimulus and less austerity to kick-start growth, leading economist Nouriel Roubini told CNBC Friday.

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    Dismal news is sending the euro tumbling - but that doesn't mean you should jump in on weakness.

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    Calls for protectionism make no sense in today's global economy and globalization was not responsible for the economic downturn, despite some claims to the contrary by politicians, Pascal Lamy, Director General of the World Trade Organization told CNBC.

  • European Central Bank

    International Monetary Fund staff have provoked a fierce dispute with eurozone authorities by circulating estimates showing serious damage to European banks’ balance sheets from their holdings of troubled eurozone sovereign debt. the FT reports.

  • annuities

    Despite ongoing sovereign debt issues in the euro zone and the US, and fears of a double dip recession in the developed world, equities are undervalued and investors should consider building their exposure to them, according to Edmund Shing, head of European equity strategy at Barclays Capital.

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    The size of the new fund earmarked for bailing out struggling euro zone economies is "enough" at 440 billion euros ($635 billion), a key German policymaker told CNBC Wednesday.PIIGS is a not too favorable term used by bond analysts, academics, and the press, to refer to certain countries of Europe. So which countries make up the PIIGS? Why are they important to track? CNBC explains.

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    It would be comforting to believe that very high levels of debt don’t impose constraints on growth for the U.S. Unfortunately, there’s not much reason to believe that its different for us.

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    Pimco's manager in charge of the world's largest bond fund, Bill Gross, may have made a mistake when betting against US bond prices earlier this year, but the economy has deteriorated faster than anyone had appreciated, analysts told CNBC Tuesday.

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    Recession warnings sting, Italian debt gets no love, and the euro's in a funk.

  • Depressed Dog

    Some of the UK asset management industry's biggest names are running "dog" equity funds – serial underperformers that are not returning value to their clients, according to a new report from broker Bestinvest.

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    The Celtic Tiger boom years, and the subsequent bust, have made Ireland seem like a basket case, with the recent history of its housing market consigned to economics textbooks forever as an example of a hugely overinflated bubble.

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    Volatility is likely to be a major challenge for the asset management industry and institutional investors, as a lack of transparency and major concerns over the global economy persist, according to Nicholas Lyster, European CEO of asset management firm Principal Global Investors.