Based in London and reporting for the entire Marketplace portfolio, Stephen Beard provides daily coverage of Europe’s business and economic developments.

When asked what he most enjoys about his work, he answers simply, “Travel.” Over the past two years, he produced a series of features on the European debt crisis, reported from the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, the World Economic Forum in Davos, and various locations in Greece, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and the United Kingdom.

Beard has spent four decades in radio. Before joining Marketplace in 1993, he worked for 20 years as a BBC staffer and freelance reporter, in addition to time with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and with commercial broadcasting stations in Manchester, England, and Victoria, British Columbia. His reporting has taken him throughout North America and Europe as well as the Middle East, China, Australia, Malaysia and India.

Beard holds a prestigious Clarion Award for his report on the death of U.S. politician Ron Brown; a National Federation of Community Broadcasters Golden Reel award for a series on modern-day slavery; and a New York Festivals Silver World Medal for his series on the changing face of Eastern Europe.

Beard is a graduate of the University of Leeds, with an honors degree in Law.

When not working, he enjoys reading biographies and tending his small farm outside London, which includes 110 ewes, one very noisy cockerel and an elderly, non-laying hen. In addition to his impressive journalism CV, he has also worked as a deep-sea fisherman and a bingo caller.

Features By Stephen Beard

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Krugman warns U.S.: Don't end up like U.K.

Britain's budget, released today, contains more deep spending cuts. Nobel-winning economist Paul Krugman argues that austerity policies in the UK and Europe are killing growth.
Posted In: Economy, austerity, United Kingdom
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No tax, no bailout? A worst case scenario for Cyprus

Cyprus is in turmoil following the decision last night by its parliament to reject a bailout plan from the eurozone. The plan entailed a one-off tax of up to 10 percent on Cypriot bank accounts.
Posted In: cyprus, Europe debt crisis, Germany, Eurozone
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Does Cyprus' tax vote mean an exit from euro?

A vote in Cyprus could determine the fate of the country's proposed savings account tax, and Cyprus' future in the eurozone. But as much as Cypriots care, so do Russians and Germans.
Posted In: cyprus
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Cyprus bank customers asked to help bail out banks

Anyone with cash in a bank account in Cyprus could lose up to 10 percent of it, as a one off tax to help fund a bank bailout.
Posted In: cyprus, Europe debt crisis, bailout
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Cyprus bailout: Depositors face tax, hurry to withdraw cash

Financial markets in Asia and Europe fell sharply today thanks to the unusual terms of the EU bailout of Cyprus. A tax of up to 10 percent on bank deposits in Cyprus was proposed to defray some of the cost of the bailout.
Posted In: cyprus, bailout, Europe debt crisis
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In Cyprus bailout, what's Russia got to do with it?

European finance ministers are meeting in Brussels today, and at the top of their agenda is Cyprus. The small Mediterranean island nation, which has 850,000 people, is in desperate need of a bailout.
Posted In: cyprus, euro, Russia, Greece
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Zara-owner Inditex translates fast-fashion into big profits

The Spanish company Inditex, which owns Zara among other chain stores, has just unveiled an impressive set of figures: a 22 percent jump in profits.
Posted In: Retail, fashion, clothing, spain
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At Intrade, all bets are off due to financial probe

Intrade, the online betting site, has shut up shop as it investigates financial irregularities. The Irish based company allowed customers to bet on a wide range of non-sporting events including U.S. elections and the Academy Awards.
Posted In: gambling, Internet, Ireland
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Migrating to Britain? Please don't

Now that Romanians and Bulgarians will soon enjoy full European Union status and be able to move freely through EU countries, Britain fears a flood of unwelcome immigrants.
Posted In: Immigration, United Kingdom, U.K., romania, bulgaria
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Italy election: Bombastic billionaire Berlusconi versus austerity

Italian media magnate and former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is seeking re-election at the polls this weekend. But will the country take him back or stick with their austerity agenda?
Posted In: italy, Berlusconi, Europe debt crisis

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