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  • Prudent fiscal policy will help foster confidence within the euro zone, European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet told CNBC.

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    Leading UK and continental European companies are increasingly shunning banks from Spain, Italy and even Germany because they do not believe the Europe-wide stress testing of banks gave a true picture of their financial health. The FT reports.

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    September and October hold bad news for stock markets and banks remain overleveraged as we head into the second leg of the financial crisis, says Pedro De Noronha of Noster Capital.

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    What was obvious at last week's annual meeting of central bankers at Jackson Hole, Wy., was that they aren't certain how to conduct policy now that interest rates are near zero. There also are big differences about what to do when things return to “normal.”

  • A recent study concluded that 38,000 of Irish companies are at a "high risk" of collapse and show signs consistent with business failure, the Irish Examiner newspaper reported Monday.

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    Ed Balls will on Friday say that a “hurricane is about to hit” Britain’s economy, in the most dramatic warning yet by a Labour politician that the coalition’s plans to cut the deficit risk pitching the country into a double-dip recession. The FT reports.

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    When the European Union stepped in this spring with a €750 billion ($955 billion) rescue package to back Europe’s weaker economies, the threat of imminent default practically disappeared, the New York Times reports.

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  • Nicolas Sarkozy, President-elect France

    Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday set out his agenda for France’s forthcoming presidency of the G20 group of leading economies, proposing measures to reduce currency fluctuations, curb commodity speculation and speed up reform of international institutions.

  • Economist Joseph Stiglitz warned that Europe is at risk of going into a double-dip. Meanwhile, Greece's 10-year climbed 30 basis points to 10.55 percent causing renewed concerns about the health of its economy. For right now it looks like the European recovery is showing signs of weakening and possibly sliding back.

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    The euro zone’s growth spurt lost momentum this month, as an expansion in output in Germany and France failed to make up for a near standstill elsewhere, the FT reports.

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    The decline of the Western economic model will bring about hyperinflation and decades of painful readjustment, Egon von Greyerz, founder of gold investment intermediary Goldswitzerland.com told CNBC Thursday.

  • Federal Reserve Bank Chairman Ben Bernanke

    The blame for the uncertainty that surrounds Tuesday’s meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee should perhaps be placed on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke's leadership style, or lack of it.

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    If the Fed opts for quantitative easing, it may force the hands of other major central banks to be even more doveish.

  • The mid-summer rally is over and stocks will begin a downward leg before bottoming in October, as the world economy is in what looks like a Great Depression, Robin Griffiths, a technical strategist at Cazenove Capital, told CNBC Monday.

  • The West is only half the way through a 20-year secular downturn that will not end until the children of the US baby boomers begin to flex their financial muscle in about 10 years time, according to Robin Griffiths, a technical strategist at Cazenove Capital.

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    Behind the revival in confidence in Greece lurks fear things could still fall apart, the Financial Times reports.

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    Spain's unemployment rate rose to a 13-year high of 20.09 percent in the second quarter, the government said Friday, as the job market lagged behind an economy that has barely managed to break out of recession.

  • The solidity of Belgium’s public finances was called into question on Tuesday after an independent budget watchdog challenged the government’s tax revenue forecasts and warned of higher budget deficits.

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    Durable goods orders for June due Wednesday could have as much directional sway with stocks as the flood of earnings news coming from companies like Boeing, Conoco Phillips and Comcast.