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Planned U.S. Rule on Banks' Bets Is Seen as Threat to Worsen Debt Crisis
Wall Street Journal: By FRANCESCO GUERRERA,TRACY CORRIGAN and SIMON NIXON
DAVOS, Switzerland—The European Commission will complain to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that proposed U.S. regulations could discourage banks from trading European sovereign bonds, potentially increasing funding costs for the Continent's governments and worsening its credit crunch.
Michel Barnier, the European commissioner for the internal market, said in an interview that he plans to raise objections with Mr. Geithner...
From The New York Times By NICHOLAS KULISH - 1/21/12
BERLIN — Throughout the month, countries caught in the eye of the European financial storm, including Italy, Spain and France, have
repeatedly defied expectations, selling big batches of bonds to the public at interest rates significantly lower than investors demanded at the height of the euro crisis late last year.
The surprisingly successful auctions owe little to improving economic data around the region. On the contrary, many of the countries that use...
Click here: 120120 Rede BM Westerwelle Brookings to read the complete speech titled "The Euro and the Future of Europe", that German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle gave today to the Brookings Institution in Washington DC.
From January to June 2012, Denmark will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU. During that time, it wants to bring Europe together and make it more resilient for the tough challenges ahead.
Denmark is taking the helm at a difficult time for the EU. Along with other member countries and the EU institutions, it is looking to guide the bloc out of the economic crisis and put it back on the path to growth.
The Danish government's 4...
On January 12, 2012, the European American Chamber of Commerce, the Foreign Trade Commissioners Association, and Bloomberg Government held The Global Trade, Investment and Economic Outlook: Prospects for U.S. and Foreign Companies.
The program was an enlightening and engaging debate on global trade, investments and the economic outlook on 2012 and beyond. Topics included forecasts for international growth, investment opportunities and risks, and the impact of government action.
Panelists included James Bacchus, Chair, Global Practice Group, Greenberg Traurig, LLP; Dr. Jorg...
Bloomberg Businessweek (By Karen Weise): We read Dodd-Frank so you don't have to.
Big portions of the financial reform law are set to go into effect this year. Intended to make corporate practices transparent, the law itself is anything but. The government has yet to spell out the details of most of the 400 new regulations it imposes. A non-headache-inducing guide.
After a rocky start three decades ago, early-stage funding in the U.K. and Continental Europe is starting to resemble the industry in the U.S.
By Alliott Cole
Unlike in the U.S., venture capital on the other side of the Atlantic is a relatively young industry. It had an inglorious and stuttering start in the 1980s, often as an extension of the activities of conventional banks or as a limited part of fund managers’ remits. The first Gulf War and 1990 recession...
From DER SPIEGEL, 01/02/2012
The world continues to demand that Europe find a solution for its ongoing debt crisis. But in an interview with SPIEGEL, senior Bundesbank official Andreas Dombret says that American investors are being too impatient. He also demands that the UK do its part and reiterates his bank's position that the ECB should not become a lender of last resort.
SPIEGEL: Mr. Dombret, you were born in the US. Do you understand why the Americans no longer appear to...
The New York Times, By EVELYN M. RUSLI
Before Europe’s debt crisis flared anew last summer, rattling markets and choking off a revival in mergers and acquisitions, huge corporate cash piles and cheap debt had fostered hopes that deal-making would recover strongly last year.
In the first half of 2011, the dollar volume of announced mergers worldwide neared its highest levels since the financial crisis. But that momentum proved fragile as deal volume tumbled 19 percent, to about $1.1 trillion, in...