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Slovenian Finance Minister Janez Sustersic in Ljubljana on Oct. 2, 2012

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Slovenian Finance Minister Janez Sustersic in Ljubljana on Oct. 2, 2012

Slovenia’s Sustersic Speaks to Bloomberg (Videos)

Slovenia hosted the European Central Bank’s monthly meeting last week, bringing the focus of Europe’s media onto its own financial problems. The country’s benchmark nine-year bond yields around 6 percent–down from about 7 percent during August, the level at which...

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Lorenzo Bini Smaghi in Milan, Italy, on Mar. 8, 2012

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Lorenzo Bini Smaghi in Milan, Italy, on Mar. 8, 2012

Bini Smaghi: We Should Not Be Complacent

The European Central Bank’s jobs keeps getting harder. Today it raised its 2012 inflation forecast and said growth could be worse than it had anticipated. Prior to the ECB’s rate announcement, I had the chance to interview former ECB executive...

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Pedro Passos Coelho, Portugal's prime minister, speaks in Lisbon, Portugal, on March 5, 2012

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Pedro Passos Coelho, Portugal's prime minister, speaks in Lisbon, Portugal, on March 5, 2012

ECB Largesse Bypassing Portugal

(Updated to add interview with Banco BPI CEO Fernando Ulrich.) Portuguese bond yields are rising as investors are busy putting cheap money from the European Central Bank to work elsewhere. That’s a problem for Portugal’s Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho,...

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks with Bloomberg's David Tweed on Feb. 29

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Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti speaks with Bloomberg's David Tweed on Feb. 29

Monti Expects Euro Debt Firewall Deal

Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Monti directed his not inconsiderable influence to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Feb. 29, saying that despite her reluctance to discuss boosting Europe’s rescue fund right now, he still expects to have an agreement to beef...

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A sign at the central bank of Greece covered in graffiti on Feb. 12, 2012

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A sign at the central bank of Greece covered in graffiti on Feb. 12, 2012

Greece May Have to Accept Escrow Account for Aid

Now that the Greek parliament has voted to accept austerity terms necessary to obtain a second EU/IMF bailout, the action moves back to Brussels on Feb. 15, when euro-area finance ministers meet to decide whether to unlock the funds. (Update:...

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A small bull toy sits at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange with the DAX index curve in the background.

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A small bull toy sits at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange with the DAX index curve in the background.

Europe Hope Takes Stocks to Bull Territory

It’s all about equities. On the day that BlackRock CEO Larry Fink told Bloomberg TV that investors should be 100% in stocks, the MSCI All-Country World Index touched bull market territory,¬†signified by an increase of 20 percent since last year’s...

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A giant euro banner hangs on the side of the EU headquarters.

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A giant euro banner hangs on the side of the EU headquarters.

Europe Back From the Precipice?

As EU leaders gather for a summit this afternoon in Brussels, people are asking if Europe is stepping back from the precipice and moving into a more chronic phase of the debt crisis. My response is not yet, but we...

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