Decline in banks, miners adds pressure to markets; oil slips – CNBC

European markets fell further into the red on Friday afternoon, on the back of weak trade in the U.S., as investors overseas digested the hawkish rhetoric from Federal Reserve officials. This week, several Fed officials have commented on when might be the best time for the central bank to raise interest rates, especially as the […]

Europe’s Illiberal Democracies – New York Times

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This Turkish deal is illegal and betrays Europe’s values – The Guardian

Our increasingly divided and desperate European leaders are failing to deliver an effective collective response to the escalating refugee crisis. Instead of devising a strategy to protect those fleeing the barbarity of Assad, Islamic State (Isis) and the Russian air force, EU leaders are obsessed with devising a system to “stem the flow” – in […]

Why Europe should build a ‘Hong Kong’ in Syria – The Week Magazine

Have you noticed that migrants from the Middle East are pouring into Europe? And that this has plunged the continent into a political and social crisis? It seems impossible for Europe, with its stagnating economies and aging population, to integrate these migrants peacefully. Already, they have proved a political boon for far-right and far-left parties […]

European shares surge as ECB delivers; Italy up 3% – CNBC

On Thursday, retailer Carrefour proposed raising its 2015 dividend by 2.9 percent to 0.70 euros a share after operating profit rose 2.4 percent to 2.445 billion euros ($2.68 billion), in line with a Thomson Reuters poll average of 2.45 billion euros, Reuters reported. Its shares were trading 3 percent lower on Thursday making it one […]

EU referendum: Brexit bad for UK, Europe and the world, warns OECD – The Guardian

The west’s leading economic thinktank has provided backing for David Cameron’s pro-EU stance by warning that a UK vote to leave the union would cause lasting damage and would harm the rest of the world. Catherine Mann, the chief economist at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, said a no vote would be “bad […]

NATO says it’s adding a significant number of troops in Eastern Europe – Washington Post

People gather around an U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment “Stryker” armored fighting vehicle in Bialystok March 24, 2015, which is a part of the U.S. military “Dragoon Ride” operation. (REUTERS/Marcin Onufryjuk Agencja Gazeta) BRUSSELS–In a move sure to anger Russia, NATO announced on Wednesday firm plans to deploy a significant number of troops into Eastern Europe. After a day […]

US and Europe Reach Agreement on Derivatives Regulation – New York Times

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Europe not taking off, no bright 2016: Publicis CEO – CNBC

“We are concerned about the situation in Europe,” he told CNBC. “If you look at the macroeconomics, they are expecting GDP (gross domestic product) growth of 1.6 per cent – which is rather low.” “Germany is doing well. The U.K., from a macro standpoint is doing extremely well. Less so in our own situation and […]