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    European stocks are expected to open in positive territory on Monday following news that U.S. congressional leaders have backed a deal to raise the debt ceiling which will be voted on in Washington later today.

  • Spain

    Spain’s government called early elections for November 20 on Friday, putting the country's economy, which has already come under speculative attack by bond investors, back in the spotlight.

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    European stocks are expected to fall sharply at the open on Friday, following the rebel Republicans' refusal to back a budget plan proposed by congressional leaders

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    European stocks were expected to open lower on Thursday, adding to losses from Wednesday's session which was dominated by fears over the US debt ceiling.

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    Italian bank shares were sharply lower in Wednesday morning trade after Reuters reported German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said the euro zone's rescue fund should only purchase bonds on the secondary market in exceptional circumstances.

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    European stocks were indicated to open slightly lower on Wednesday as investors kept a close eye on attempts to get agreement on the US debt ceiling and ahead of a raft of corporate earnings.

  • The euro zone economy is recovering at a growth rate which is "above potential", albeit "not very strongly", European Central Bank Executive Board Member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi told CNBC on Tuesday.

  • Greece

    Investors are unlikely to take up in sufficient numbers the voluntary swap scheme set up by the euro zone for Greek bonds because they will be tempted to sell at the higher prices found at the short-end, investment bank JPMorgan says.

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    The claim by the UK Office for National Statistics that the country's second quarter GDP growth could have been as high as 0.7 percent, were it not for 'special factors' like the royal wedding and the Japanese tsunami, has been described as "bizarre" by economist Ruth Lea.

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    European stocks were predicted to open slightly higher on Tuesday after closing down on Monday amid renewed concerns over the European debt crisis and political deadlock in Washington over the US debt ceiling.

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    Just days after European policymakers toasted a 109 billion euro ($156 billion) bailout aimed at hauling Greece back from the brink of insolvency, speculation some of its hapless bondholders might opt out of a crucial distressed debt exchange is gathering pace.

  • Ireland and European Union

    Ireland sold a 1.1 billion euro ($1.6 billion) stake in Bank of Ireland to a group of unidentified investors on Monday to keep the country's largest bank out of state hands and provide a rare boost to a battered sector and bruised economy.

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    European stocks were expected to open sharply lower on Monday after they ended higher for the day and week on Friday following a successful conclusion to the euro zone debt deal on Thursday and better than expected earnings news.

  • CNBC.com Market Outlook

    CNBC's Melissa Francis looks at the week's top business news and investing advice, including sovereign debt plays and tech stocks.

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    The new rescue plan for Greece will not solve the long-term problems in the euro zone, analysts and investors told CNBC Friday.

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    European stocks were set to open higher on Friday, as euro zone leaders finally agreed on a fresh bailout for Greece and on enhanced powers for the monetary union's rescue fund.

  • A draft is at hand: euro zone leaders have a general plan for dealing with Greece. Here's what to do now.

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    It's a busy day in Europe - and a complicated one for investors.

  • Eurogroup President Jean-Claude Juncker

    Jean-Claude Juncker, chairman of the group of euro-zone finance ministers, said that a selective default on Greek debt cannot be ruled out under a new bailout plan for the country, Dow Jones reported Thursday.

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    George Osborne has urged euro zone leaders to “get a grip” on the sovereign debt crisis at their summit today, warning that failure to do so could unleash an economic crisis as serious as the recession that followed the banking crash of 2008.