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.

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Features by Stephen Beard

Austerity rift chills French-German relations

German Chancellor Angela Merkel enjoyed close relations with former French President Nicolas Sarkozy but not with successor Francois Hollande. Differences over austerity are part of the problem.
Posted In: France, Germany, Angela Merkel, Francois Hollande

Eastern, Southern Europeans flock to Germany seeking work

More than a million foreigners flocked to Germany for work last year, the biggest influx since 1995. Most of the migrants were from Eastern Europe, but many came from recession-hit countries elsewhere in the euro zone.
Posted In: Germany, Immigration, Europe

EU faces second year of recession

For the first time in history, the 17 nations that use the euro are headed for two years of back-to-back recession, according to the European Commission.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, recession

European Central Bank cuts interest rate to record low

The European Central Bank (ECB) has cut interest rates to a record low of 0.5 percent. But how much stimulus can the ECB really provide?
Posted In: ECB, interest rates, Federal Reserve, Europe debt crisis

Best Buy says goodbye to Europe

Best Buy is pulling out of a big joint venture in Europe. The company is selling back its 50 percent stake in the mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse, at a significant loss.
Posted In: Best Buy, Europe, electronics

Setting up a bank in Britain gets easier

Despite the recent global banking crisis, UK regulators have decided to cut down application approval times for new banks and lower the capital requirements. An American starting a bank there says this will stimulate competition.
Posted In: bank, metro bank, United Kingdom, Britain

New Italy prime minister to move away from austerity

Enrico Letta, of the center-left Democratic Party, has announced that he intends to fight the move towards austerity in Europe, and investors applauded.
Posted In: italy, austerity, enrico letta

Britain celebrates its Huguenot heritage

Immigration is a contentious issue in Britain, but the country recently celebrated one of the most successful immigrant groups -- French Protestants or Huguenots.
Posted In: Britain, Huguenot, history

The Bard as businessman

As Shakespeare fans around the world celebrate his birthday today, academics in his native England say the Bard was as much about avarice as artistry.
Posted In: Shakespeare

As Germany stumbles, will the rest of Europe fall down with it?

Linked by a common currency, the countries in the euro zone are roped together like climbers scaling a cliff face. If one or more loses their footing, the rest could come crashing down.
Posted In: Germany, France, Europe debt crisis

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