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  • Germany Steps Up Euro Zone Backing Monday, 8 Aug 2011 | 5:05 AM ET
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    Germany is showing more commitment to the resolution of the euro zone debt crisis, and is likely to expect even greater influence on the fiscal discipline of its neighbors in return, analysts told CNBC.

  • European Central Bank

    Following a dramatic end to the trading week that saw Italy pledge to speed up its austerity measures, the European Central Bank decided this weekend it had to act.

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    The crisis threatening to envelop Spain and Italy is moving faster than euro zone policy makers can keep up with, William Rhodes, senior advisor at Citigroup, told CNBC Monday.

  • Timothy Geithner

    “So what Europe needs to do is to make sure that there's an unequivocal financial backstop, so there is no doubt in anyone's mind that those countries across Europe have the ability and the will to meet their obligations," the US Treasury secretary told CNBC.

  • Euro Builder Ends His Career on a Bitter Note Saturday, 6 Aug 2011 | 10:49 AM ET
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    Recent days have highlighted what some critics say are policy mistakes by Jean-Claude Trichet, or at least the institution he leads, the European Central Bank, the New York Times reports.

  • How to Profit From Central Bank Interventions Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 8:08 PM ET
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    Central banks have been busy in the currency markets. Here's how to profit when they wade in.

  • Italy on the Verge of Default? Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 7:30 PM ET
    Italy on the Verge of Default?

    Discussing whether the ECB's plan to buy Italian bonds is too little too late, and whether the country is about to default, with Vincent Reinhart, American Enterprise Institute, and David Malpass, Encima Global.

  • Got whiplash? The euro is spiking on news of the European Central Bank's Italy support - for now.

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    After the Dow Jones fell by 500 points on Thursday, European indices also faced a sell-off at Friday's open.

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    Is it time to buy gold or flee to cash? With all of the hyperbole in the market on Friday following the 500 point fall in the Dow Jones Industrial average on Thursday, and heavy selling in Asia and Europe Friday, the answer might be bottled water, tinned food and shovels.

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    The big ratings agencies have been blamed for much during the credit crisis, but they hadn't been raided by any of the countries they've threatened with downgrades, until Wednesday.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    Jean-Claude Trichet tried his best to provide reassurance to investors on Thursday.

  • Recession-themed newsprint cuttings

    Double dip may be back. It has been three decades since the United States suffered a recession that followed on the heels of the previous one. But it could be happening again, the New York Times reports.

  • Euro Stress Spreads Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 1:02 PM ET
    Euro Stress Spreads

    CNBC's Silvia Wadhwa has the latest details on Europe's growing debt problems.

  • Will Germany Save the Euro From Collapse? Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 12:33 PM ET

    The euro will collapse as a currency unless lawmakers, and especially Germany, can agree a common European tax regime and restructure some sovereign debt, a leading market analyst told CNBC.com after the European Central Bank intervened in the markets.

  • Trichet: Eurozone Financial Better Than U.S. Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 11:49 AM ET
    Trichet: Eurozone Financial Better Than U.S.

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera has the story on ECB's Jean-Claude Trichet statement that the Eurozone's financial situation is better than the U.S. and Japan.

  • Trichet: Euro Zone in Better Shape Than US, Japan Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 11:47 AM ET
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    The European Central Bank is not worried about the health of the euro zone as a whole and it will stick to its role of fighting inflation, ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet told CNBC in an interview Thursday.

  • Japan Does What it Threatened, Turkey Surprises Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 7:52 AM ET

    Japan acts to take the yen lower and Turkey resets everything — time for your central bank FX Fix.

  • Gold

    The price of gold could almost double as central banks' reserves are depleted, according to the chairman of a gold industry association.

  • How Far Will ECB's Independence Stretch? Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 5:00 AM ET
    How Far Will ECB's Independence Stretch?

    "The European Central Bank has limitless ability to create money. The question is whether that's going to be backed by the politicians who actually put it in place," Nick Parsons, head of strategy at National Australia Bank told CNBC. "The (ECB's) independence itself comes by virtue of the political will behind it," he added.