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Debt downgraded, Hungary asks for help

Jan 6, 2012
Hungary is the latest European Union country to head into trouble, but it isn't part of the eurozone.
Posted In: hungary, Eurozone, Europe debt crisis

European leaders agree to oil sanctions for Iran

Jan 5, 2012
European officials meeting in Brussels today have reportedly agreed to an Iranian oil embargo. It's the latest move by the west to punish Iran for its nuclear ambitions.
Posted In: Oil, Iran, sanctions

Italy allows businesses to open for 24 hours

Jan 4, 2012
In an effort to boost the economy, Mario Monti announced that Italian businesses can now stay open at all hours. That has some Italian shopkeepers worried.
Posted In: italy, business

Nigeria loses oil subsidy, fuel prices double

Jan 2, 2012
Nigerians are expressing outrage this morning. The government has just announced it's nixing a longtime fuel subsidy. Gas prices there have more than doubled in many places.
Posted In: Nigeria, Oil, subsidy

European bond, debt issues wear on

Dec 29, 2011
In Greece, tax collectors are on strike to protest benefit cuts while in Italy, the government was able to borrow $9 billion to help pay for services, but banks willing to lend also demanded a high return.
Posted In: italy, Europe debt crisis, euro

China, Japan make currency deal

Dec 26, 2011
China and Japan announce plans to allow businesses to swap currency without dealing in U.S. dollars
Posted In: China, Japan, currency

Why is there record pessimism in France?

Dec 23, 2011
A new poll finds the French are as pessimistic about the economy as any country has been since 1978.
Posted In: France, Europe debt crisis

Big lottery results awaited in Spain

Dec 22, 2011
Amid economic strife across much of the country, citizens of Spain are buying up lottery tickets in the hope of winning big this holiday season.
Posted In: spain, lottery, el Gordo

Spain's new prime minister will tackle debt, unemployment

Dec 21, 2011
Mariano Rajoy has been elected the new prime minister in Spain, and he will soon have to find solutions to the country's dire debt and unemployment problems.
Posted In: spain, Europe debt crisis

Banks take advantage of ECB lending

Dec 21, 2011
The European Central Bank initiated a plan to stop a credit crunch in Europe, and demand for cheap money has exceeded expectations.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, credit crunch, banking

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