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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

With relations between Greece and its European neighbors at an all-time low, and the country’s politicians appearing increasingly defiant in the face of criticism, analysts are questioning whether Greece actually wants to get kicked out of the single currency. Encounters between Greece and the euro zone have become increasingly acrimonious over the last few weeks, as …

Frankfurt protests against ECB

Annette Weisbach reports on the anti-austerity protesters blocking the inauguration ceremony of the new offices of the ECB.

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As frustration mounts with the Greek government’s combative stance in negotiations over its place in the euro zone, new data shows the majority of Germans are happy to let Greece quit the single currency. According to a poll by Germany’s YouGov published Tuesday, public opinion in the euro zone’s largest economy has turned against its …

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Diplomatic relations between Athens and the rest of Europe may be at a low ebb, but there is one part of Greece that is clamoring for overseas visitors. And a plunging euro could make it the perfect place for a vacation this year. Christina Kalogera, director of the Greek National Tourism Organization’s U.K. and Ireland …

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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras addresses parliament Sunday.

In a further sign of the deteriorating relationship between Athens and Berlin, Greece’s Justice Minister suggested that German property in the country could be confiscated to compensate for the Nazi occupation of Greece, according to media reports. Greek officials believe Germany should compensate the country for damage done during its occupation by the Nazis in …

Greece negotiations

Speculation of a bailout extension for Greece helped send the S&P 500 to a record high.

Greek debt drama

Greece was unable to reach a deal with the European Union to stay in an EU bailout program. Michelle Caruso-Cabrera tells us what went wrong and what might come next.

Cease-fire & bailout for Ukraine

A cease-fire between Russia and Ukraine helped to ease investor concerns, since any more trouble in the region could weigh on Europe’s economy.

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

U.S. stock index futures signaled a higher open on Thursday, following gains in Europe on the back of strong bank earnings and a peace deal between Russia and Ukraine. Futures trimmed some gains as retail sales for January came in weaker than expected, down 0.8 percent and near December’s 0.9 percent decline. Retail sales ex-autos …

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Traders work the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Greece and the Eurozone may be in a temporary stalemate, but you wouldn’t know that looking at Europe. The Greece ATHEX Composition has risen 6 percent, and a somewhat vague declaration on a cease-fire in Ukraine is animating the rest of Europe, with all major bourses up. European banks are especially strong after a terrible …

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Greece's new leftist Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis addresses the parliament in Athens February 9, 2015.

Despite the strident attitude taken by Greece’s new prime minister over the weekend, the plan that the country will present to its creditors among the euro zone finance ministers on Wednesday is likely to be somewhat softer in tone, CNBC has learned. Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis will meet with the so-called Eurogroup on Wednesday …

Merkel and Obama meet

President Obama met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to find common ground on some divisive issues.

Greece back on collision course with EU

Stocks fell as the new Greek Prime Minister remains defiant, setting his government on a collision course with creditors.

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Food prices might be soaring in Russia, as inflation continues to rise – but the cost of one Russian staple is coming down: vodka. The Russian government has cut the minimum price of vodka, in an attempt to stop people turning to moonshine – or high-proof counterfeit spirits – amid rising prices, according to local …

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The Croatian national flag, left, sits alongside the European Union one

Some of Croatia’s poorest citizens will be offered a “fresh start” on Monday when the eastern European country’s government cancels their debt in an attempt to kickstart the economy. The large and unprecedented measure was endorsed by Croatia’s left-wing government on January 15. Under the measure, citizens earning no more than 1,250 kuna ($184) a …