Europe: Economy European Debt Crisis


  • Euro and Yuan banknotes

    With Greece roiling Europe and China's stock market crashing, there's only one safe place in the world to invest right now, Insana says.

  • People wait in line to withdraw 60 euros from an ATM after Greece closed its banks on June 29, 2015 in Athens, Greece.

    Four issues facing world markets š Greece, China, Puerto Rico and a Fed rate hike — could add up to trouble for U.S. stocks, says Ron Insana.

  • Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis gives a press conference at the end of a eurozone finance ministers meeting at the European Union Council headquarters in Luxembourg, June 18, 2015.

    Investors are too sanguine about a Greek exit from the euro zone, which could turn into a blood bath, Charles Dallara told CNBC.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras following talks at the Chancellery in Berlin March 23, 2015.

    "We're fighting on" to get a deal with Greece, the head of the Eurogroup Working Group tells CNBC.

  • People read newspaper headlines in Athens, January 26, 2015.

    The most unpopular man in Greece appears to have won enough votes to become a new member of the Greek parliament.

  • Pensioners gather outside the Labour ministry in Athens, on December 18, 2014, during a rally against pensions cuts.

    Call it hedge-fund shuttle diplomacy. Flights from New York and London to Athens are seeing a lot of hedge fund managers.

  • A visitor walks beneath a display at the Athens Stock Exchange, Oct. 15, 2014.

    After more than a year of interest rates across Europe moving lower in lockstep, the last 24 hours show a breakdown.

  • European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.

    There has been "clear improvement" in the economic situation in Europe over the past year, European Central Bank policymaker Ewald Nowotny told CNBC.

  • Early returns from the earnings season suggest that investors are slowly starting to buy into the scenario that better days lie ahead, unwinding some trades put on at the apex of market pessimism.

  • For the first time in recent years, policymakers don't have a major financial crisis to grapple with at this year's World Economic Forum (WEF), which gets under way on Wednesday.

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    A fall in euro zone government bond yields, rallying regional equity markets and a stronger euro suggest that six months after Mario Draghi pledged to save the euro zone from collapse, the European Central Bank (ECB) chief appears to be winning his battle with financial markets.

  • Euro Poised to Rise to $1.50, Pessimism Overdone: Expert

    Enough of the pessimism over the euro zone, says one analyst, who points out that the disaster scenarios anticipated by financial markets for the region have not played out, leaving the euro poised for a strong rally that could take it to $1.50 next year – a 17 percent gain from where it is now.

  • Earnings Tea Leaves: Signs of Life in China's Economy?

    Asia’s economies may still be booming, but a worrying amount of private sector credit is laying the groundwork of the next financial crisis, according to a new research by Capital Economics.

  • Young, Hopeless Europeans Flock to Former Colonies

    Rather than wait for prosperous economic times to return to her native Portugal, Tatiana Almeida (26), educated to be a journalist, decided to leave and move to East Timor, a former colony in Southeast Asia, in search for opportunities.

  • Despite Gloom, Global Equity Performance at 5-Year High

    Investors have been faced with major worries this year: the euro crisis, the U.S. "fiscal cliff", and China's slowdown—so it might seem counter-intuitive that markets just posted their best performance in five years.

  • Europe’s Poor Ask for Food Aid as Crisis Bites

    Escalating numbers of Europeans now rely on food aid according to the Red Cross, which says failing welfare services and high unemployment mean nobody knows who may need to ask for help next.

  • Singapore paper currency and coins

    Talk that Singapore’s monetary policy will be eased soon is growing louder as the economy teeters on the brink of recession. Yet, high inflation puts the country’s central bank in a bind and its next policy move is by no means a done deal, economists say.

  • Throughout the financial crisis, many national economies have looked to their government and foreign lenders for financial support, which translates to increased spending, borrowing and in most cases, growing national debt.Deficit spending, government debt and private sector borrowing are the norm in most western countries, but due in part to the financial crisis, some nations and economies are in considerably worse debt positions than others.External debt is a measure of a nation's foreign liab

    Some nations around the globe are in considerably worse debt positions than others. Here are nations with the world's greatest debts.

  • With the price of gold reaching an all-time high of $1246 per ounce, in these uncertain times the market has been moving dramatically towards this traditional safe haven.  The biggest individual holders of gold - Central banks, International entities and governments - are believed to account for approximately 20.5 percent of the world's gold, holding about 29,787 tons. The numbers are taken from the monthly report produced by the , which the gold industry's key market development body. So which

    The holdings presented here are as of WGC's December 2011 report, unless otherwise noted. So, who holds the most gold? Click ahead to find out!