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    Here's the disturbing headline statistic: Portugal, Ireland, Greece, and Spain have sucked out 93 percent of the total liquidity taken from the ECB and other central banks.

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    Belgium faces an important test Monday, when it aims to sell between 1.5 billion euros ($1.9 billion) and 2.5 billion euros worth of bonds in an auction that will indicate the level of investor confidence in the nation plagued by political turmoil and high levels of debt.

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    Fears of contagion from the euro zone crisis were running high Friday but correlations between markets suggested investors were not as afraid of a systemic crisis as they were back in May and June.

  • Ireland is actually in a better economic position than other struggling euro zone states, Chris Watling, managing director at Longview Economics, told CNBC Thursday.

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    European shares were set to open higher on Thursday, adding to gains in the previous session, and after Wall Street rose on upbeat economic data. 

  • How quickly could situation in Europe escalate? This market 'tell' may help you gauge if or when they near their tipping point.

  • Shoppers leave a store on 'Black Friday' in New York City.

    As shoppers hit the stores this Thanksgiving weekend, investors are likely to keep bidding up retail stocks even as some of those stocks hit multi-year or even all-time highs.

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    Things are getting better in the long term when it comes to the banks and Europe, H. Rodgin Cohen, senior chairman at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, told CNBC Wednesday.

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    Ireland faces an uphill struggle to survive the turmoil currently plaguing it, and the rest of Europe will need to stand by the country if it wants to avoid the debt crisis spreading further across the region, Mohamed El-Erian, CEO and co-CIO of Pimco wrote in a commentary piece for the Financial Times on Wednesday.

  • Traders sit in front of their screens at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    Financial bookmakers expect to see Europe's top indexes rising on Wednesday, with resource-related shares finding support in rising metal and commodity prices.

  • Japan will be forced to take austerity measures similar to those embarked upon in many European countries, but Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s five-month-old government has so far failed to take decisive action to get Japan’s economy back on track, Tobias Harris, author of "Observing Japan" said.

  • The biggest bailout the European Union will have to do if it comes to it will be Spain and it is worrying that there is not a set mechanism on how to go about it, Cornelia Meyer, CEO & Chairman, MRL Corporation, told CNBC Monday.

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    When European Union (EU) leaders provided a bailout for Greece last May, they no doubt “did the right thing.” But in the process, they not only broke the spirit of the EU Treaty, but also set themselves up for the future challenge of reining in moral hazard.

  • A trader sits in front of a board displaying Germany's share index DAX at the stock exchange in Frankfurt/Munich, western Germany.

    European shares are indicated to open flat Friday, ahead of a conference at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt where Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet will both speak.

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    Clearing house LCH Clearnet doubled its margin requirement for Irish government bonds Wednesday, reacting to fears over uncertainty regarding the country's debt issues, which pushed yields on Irish debt higher.

  • Google says its mapping service erred by attributing a disputed islet off North Africa first to Morocco, then Spain, when it currently belongs to neither.

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    The United States should tax purchases of yen, yuan and euro used to import goods from those three economies. Set it at about 40 percent until the Gang of Three agrees to acceptable exchange rate reforms.

  • Nouriel Roubini

    The European Central Bank should worry less about the “phantom risk” of inflation and instead focus on the rising threat of deflation which could result from a currency war, economist Nouriel Roubini said in an article for Roubini Global Economics clients.

  • Despite the euro zone's recovery still looking very fragile, the central bank's key playmakers seem determined to talk about pushing policy back onto a more "normal" footing.

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    A combination of better data than expected, China’s pledge to buy the country’s bonds and hopes that international bail-out loans will be extended have boosted investor sentiment. The Financial Times reports.