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  • Ben Bernanke

    There are some who blame the Fed for missing warnings signs leading up to the financial crisis; others have said the Fed caused the crisis with its “easy-money” policies.

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  • Davos, Switzerland

    There was an agreement that banking regulation and reform was important, but no real plans on what to do.

  • The market needs a correction after a 60% gain from last March and the news of the day Thursday was that Greece was looking for some help.

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    Euro zone member states must meet their commitments on budget stability and cannot be bailed out by the euro zone, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde told CNBC in Davos on Friday.

  • The former Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou

    Greece's Prime Minister George Papandreou told CNBC Thursday that his country has to make substantial changes to recover from its devastating financial problems.

  • Icelandic pleas for further aid met with a cool response on Thursday as the IMF suggested its hands may be tied by an Anglo-Dutch debt impasse and Sweden signaled no immediate funds were on the way.

  • Despite lots of talk about sovereign debt default in 2010, IHS Global Insight said Monday there is very little chance of major problems over the coming year.

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    After fighting tooth and nail to hit 2009 targets CEOs are reluctant to call the end of the bad times until enough revenue arrives in 2010.

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    The English economy would be better off if it was separated from Scotland, its UK neighbor, because the cost of backstopping Scotland's banks far outweighs any benefits, Roger Nightingale, strategist at Pointon York, told CNBC.com Monday.

  • Flags of member states of the European Union.

    Fears are growing that Greece or another weak country may default on its sovereign debt obligations, forcing the richer countries in Europe to ride to the rescue or face the risks, the New York Times reports.

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    The European Summit kicked off Friday with Greece's mounting debt and deficit problems at the head of the conference agenda.

  • The renewed rivalry between France and the UK is still growing. And this time agriculture is the altercation.

  • The world may be focused on the debt crisis that has submerged the emirate of Dubai, but in Europe investors are also watching the situation unfolding in Greece and whether it could be the next shoe to drop.

  • Dubai Palm Island

    It is hard to tell how the situation will work out and/or whether it will still act as a trigger for a broader correction in the "risk" oriented trades. It could be shrugged off as unsurprising since, as the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, "investors have known for months that Dubai World was dangerously indebted."

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  • European heads of states appointed Baroness Catherine Ashton as the European Union's foreign-policy chief, the so-called first EU Foreign Minister, Thursday evening.

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    A British charity is pioneering the idea of reducing the country's bulging debt by encouraging people to buy gift vouchers that will be sent to the Treasury.

  • Gavel

    A weird thing is happening right now, and it borders on the dangerous. Companies want to merge, and partner, and collaborate, and they have lots of cash on the balance sheet, ready to do deals that may help jumpstart their businesses, light a fire under sluggish markets, increase efficiencies, and generate nice returns for their investors. Yet federal agencies in this country and abroad aren't merely getting more active when it comes to scrutinizing the deals, they're getting activist.

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    The Bank of England's injection of 175 billion pounds ($289 billion) into the economy hasn't yet pulled Britain out of recession, and the central bank now faces a difficult decision on whether to raise the stakes.