Katrina Bishop, Deputy News Editor, CNBC.com’s Posts

After bankruptcy and a population exodus, Detroit is now courting small businesses to help turbocharge its economy and create jobs.

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) stunned markets on Thursday, when it scrapped its three-year-old peg of 1.20 Swiss francs per euro. In a chaotic few minutes after the central bank’s announcement, the Swiss franc soared by around 30 percent in value against the euro. The franc broke past parity against the euro to trade at …

Almost as long as there has been digital music, there have been podcasts – regular downloadable audio programs on everything from hip hop to high finance. But after a decade or so, a podcast has broken through into the media mainstream, and experts are claiming that new podcast “Serial” could mark a sea-change in listening …

The euro zone’s growth has weakened over the summer months, European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi told European lawmakers Monday, but stressed that he was willing to do more to stimulate the economy — including the purchase of government bonds. Speaking at the European Union’s Parliament, Draghi reiterated that the bank’s governing council remained …

Disruption in health care seems to have been a long time coming. From month-long wait times to preventable diseases; from inefficient IT systems to complicated medicines, the sector is now innovating, fast. That’s according to both clinicians and start-up founders at TechCrunch Disrupt in London, who argue that so-called healthtech is about to shake up …

Greek equities took another battering Wednesday while its yields spiked, as concerns about the strength of the euro zone economy returned to spook investors. One analyst—Kathleen Brooks, research director at Forex.com—warned of a possible “euro zone sovereign crisis 2.0” as the yield on Greek 10-year government bonds continued to trade well above 7 percent. ASE, …

Global equity markets reacted to news that tensions between Russia and Ukraine had flared up once again on Friday, with European equities particularly badly hit. U.S. and European markets reacted to news that a Russian convoy of 90 aid trucks had entered Ukraine without permission from Kiev on Friday. Ukraine’s security chief Valentyn Nalivaychenko said …

Professionals are lining up to learn coding as a way to give their careers a new lease of life, with a slew of training companies cropping up to meet a booming interest in programming. But many in the tech industry are warning that recruiting career-change techies is not enough, and that coding should be the …

The listing of obscure items on online auction site eBay is nothing new, but one Italian seller has gone a step further, putting a whole Alpine village up for sale. The picturesque village of Calsazio, listed on eBay Italy, comes with a “Buy It Now” price tag of just 245,000 euros ($333,000). The village includes …

Being good at mathematics has never been more important, with strong numerical skills in demand by employers across the worlds of business and finance and beyond. But countries like the U.S. and U.K are falling behind, and experts say it could have more to do with culture than teaching. “The main difference between the West …

As the worst standoff between the West and Russia since the Cold War escalates, the crisis is unnerving investors who are unsure of what will happen next. Hopes of a resolution were dashed when Ukraine declared an end to the so-called Easter truce earlier this week. U.S. President Barack Obama said on Friday that he …

Ukraine’s “special operation” against pro-Russian separatists in the east of the country has led to heightened concerns of all-out violence in the troubled region. While Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized the Kiev government for the action, warning that Ukraine was on the verge of a civil war, western leaders have been lining up to condemn …

Ukraine’s Acting President, Oleksandr Turchynov, said an airfield in the eastern town of Kramatorsk had been taken back from pro-Russian separatists, Reuters reported Tuesday. The statement from Turchynov’s office marks the first news of successful action by Ukraine against pro-Russian separatists, who have occupied a number of government building across the east of Ukraine. It …

The Turkish prime minister’s decision to block access to Twitter is “not acceptable,” the EU’s digital commissioner Neelie Kroes told CNBC, stressing that she would do her utmost to make sure the people of Turkey had freedom of speech. Speaking to CNBC on Friday, Kroes said the move by Tayyip Erdogan was “embarrassing.” “It’s cutting down freedom …

Crimea’s residents aren’t the only Europeans striving for secession, with referendums in both Scotland and Spain’s Catalonia planned for later this year. But the phenomenon appears to be spreading: this week Venetians have been voting on breaking away from Italy, albeit in a referendum not recognized by Rome or regional authorities. Paolo Bernardini, professor of …