Articles About European Union

Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
07.05.2011

Greece Has Worst Credit in the World – Below Pakistan and Ecuador

European finance ministers are working to resolve a quandary over how to talk banks into “voluntarily” contributing to a second Greece bailout and avoiding a destructive debt default. This attempt to rescue Greece’s finances hinges on how far banks, pension funds and insurers will accept new terms on old debts prior to repayment by Athens.  […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
06.06.2011

Portugal Becomes Third of PIGS To Seek EU Bailout

Portugal has become the third European nation to accept a financial bailout to the tune of € 78 billion, with € 12 billion going directly to the Iberian nation’s banks.  It is the third of four PIGS nations (Portugal, Ireland, Greece, Spain) to require a bailout.  Caretaker Prime Minister Jose Socrates announced that he had […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
05.03.2011

European Central Bank Raises Interest Rates to Fight Inflation

The Federal Reserve is unlikely to follow the European Central Bank’s (ECB) recent decision to raise interest rates and will hold off until there is looming inflation.  The ECB’s move may be the first of several this year as high oil costs drive consumer prices above its target.  That’s not to say that some members […]

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Author:
Mark McDowell
Posted:
04.20.2011

United States in Third Place in Developing Clean Energy Sources

The United States has fallen to third place – behind China and Germany – in the development of clean energy sources, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Investment in global clean energy expanded significantly in 2010 to $243 billion, a 30 percent increase over 2009.  China, Germany, Italy and India were […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
12.14.2010

Ireland Accepts EU/IMF Bailout

Against its will, Ireland is now in a state of receivership mandated by the European Union (EU) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in an effort to resolve the Emerald Isle’s debt crisis.   European central bankers have paid £111 billion into Ireland’s banks to prevent damage to the euro in what is being jokingly referred […]

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Author:
James I. Clark III
Posted:
08.11.2010

European Bank Stress Tests Demonstrate Systemic Weakness

There’s good news and bad news about the health of European banks.  Of the 91 financial institutions that recently underwent stress tests, only seven outright failed. Those seven who did not perform well were ordered to raise their capital by €3.5 billion (approximately $4.5 billion).  The number of failures were far less than what was […]

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Author:
Mike Ochs
Posted:
01.13.2010

Lloyds Bank Sells Its Halifax Estate Agencies Arm for just $1.60

Apparently, the American housing market is not the only one experiencing difficulties.  In the United Kingdom, Lloyds Banking Group Plc has sold its unprofitable chain of 218 Halifax Estate Agencies, Ltd., a large British residential real estate brokerage firm, to LSL Property Services Plc for just £1 – about $1.60. According to Lloyds, the sale […]

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