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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

What Kim Jong-Il's successor could do for North Korea

Dec 19, 2011
Now that Kim Jong-Il is no longer the leader, questions remain as to what direction his son Kim Jong-Un will to to help, or hurt, his country.
Posted In: North Korea, Kim Jong-Il

Italian lawmakers vote on austerity measures

Dec 16, 2011
A vote today in Italy passes a round of austerity measures suggested by newly appointed Prime Minister Mario Monti. But is it enough to make a dent in the problem?
Posted In: italy, austerity, Mario Monti, Europe debt crisis

Olympus escapes delisting on stock exchange... For now

Dec 14, 2011
Japanese camera maker Olympus has been in trouble recently over alleged fraud. It met a deadline to avoid being delisted on the Tokyo stock exchange, but it isn't out of the woods yet.
Posted In: Olympus, Tokyo

Iraqi government will still depend on U.S. for help

Dec 12, 2011
The country has money from the billions of barrels of oil it produces everyday, but it will still need guidance from the U.S. when it comes to strategic planning and training.
Posted In: Iraq

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