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Millions of Greeks are preparing to vote in this weekend's election, in a country where the economy has shrunk by a quarter since the financial crisis, while unemployment has soared as austerity measures hit people hard. We hear from Hugo Dixon, who is in Athens covering the election for Reuters and ...
Cary Leahy from Decision Economics in New York gives us reaction from the US on the ECB's announcement of quantitative easing. And Prof Tom Cannon explains why English football teams still dominate soccer rich-lists.
The ECB has unveiled its programme of Quantitative Easing. It has decided to create up to €1.1 trillion of new money and spend it on buying government bonds and other financial instruments from banks across the Eurozone.

The UK intends to introduce legislation to make plain cigarettes packaging a ...
Countries around the world are lowering their interest rates, its currency wars. More and more cash around the world could end up heading to one of the few strong economies stills standing - the USA and its dollar.Doug McIntyre from 24/7 Wall St gives us his view on who will be the losers.
World economic leaders converging on Davos have the future of the Euro on their minds.

Greece holds its general election this weekend. We talk to representatives of the two main parties, and hear from some of those who have endured the consequences of austerity since 2008.

Also in the programme, the ...
Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey on how the possibility of Quantitative Easing in Europe may affect US financial markets.
Will the ECB's head really do "whatever it takes" to save the euro? Amid signs Europe's expected quantitative easing plan may get watered down, we debate its merits and drawbacks with economists Roger Bootle of Capital Economics, and Joerg Kraemer from Germany's Commerzbank.
Also in the programme, there's ...
US financial markets were closed for a public holiday on Monday. The Argentine government says there is no indication that anybody else was involved in the death of a prosecutor who was found in the bathroom of his Buenos Aires apartment late Sunday. We get the latest from our reporter in Buenos Aires, ...
The era of cheap oil may be set to last, but at what cost to other big oil producers? Also in the programme, several large charities in India have had their access to foreign funds restricted or frozen - we talk to Samit Aich from Greenpeace India who is taking the Indian government to court. BBC Business ...
Brokerages declare themselves insolvent after the revaluation of the Swiss Franc
Switzerland's central bank has come under fire at home and abroad for scrapping its efforts to cap the value of the Swiss franc against the euro. A foreign exchange brokerage firm in Britain and another in New Zealand have declared insolvency. Swiss exporters and tourist firms have warned they could ...
Wall Street reacts to shock revaluation of the Swiss Franc
The Swiss franc has soared after the central bank removed the cap on its value against the euro. The Swiss National Bank also increased the amount investors have to pay to lend to the government. We hear shock from Switzerland and beyond about the move and we discuss why people are now paying some European ...
Facebook launches a new platform aimed at business users dubbed 'Facebook at Work'. Technology journalist Rupert Goodwins tells us more. Plus a roundup of the US market news from Robert Brusca at Fact and Opinion Economics in New York.
A top EU lawyer says bond buying by the European Central Bank could be legal. We hear from Berlin-based lawyer Markus Kerber, who in 2011 tried and failed to get the bailouts of Greece, Ireland and Portugal declared illegal. As the cost of oil falls yet again, British maritime expert Simon Toyne tells ...
Joe Saluzzi from Themis Trading in New Jersey brings tonight's US market report. We cover how the falling oil price is affecting stocks, US homebuilding and QE in Europe.
The price of oil has fallen to a six year low. We hear from the UAE's Energy Minister.

And we look at the impact low fuel prices are having on US car sales, where bigger cars are back in fashion.

Also, as European national governments get more powers over genetically modified crops, we discuss the ...
The Twitter account of the US military's Central Command was hacked by a group claiming to back Islamic State. The BBC's Rory Cellan-Jones has been following the story. And as the price of oil continues to fall, Peter Jankovskis from Oakbrook Investments in Chicago tells us how the US markets are reacting.
If that happens, there are warnings Greece might be forced out of the eurozone, as the party looking to win favours anti-austerity. We assess what it would mean for the stability of Europe with Dimitris Kottardis, political editor at leading Athens TV station ANT1, and Hugo Dixon from Reuters Breaking ...
The US congress passes a bill giving the go-ahead to the controversial Keystone oil pipeline, we speak to Congressman Jeff Fortenberry and analyst Jim Lebenthal gives us his take on that and the US' latest jobs news.
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