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  • Greece-Bashers Reveal the EU's Hypocrisy Friday, 19 Feb 2010 | 6:06 AM ET

    Is it me or is there a high degree of hypocrisy in the way politicians and economists are reacting on a country-by-country basis to the dire fiscal positions of various European Union states?

  • Greek Swaps 'Dug Up' Because of US Regulatory Battle? Thursday, 18 Feb 2010 | 8:22 AM ET
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    Greece's debt swaps came to light because of the battle between big banks and regulators in the US, Gikas A. Hardouvelis, professor of finance at the University of Piraeus and chief economist at Eurobank EFG Group, told CNBC Thursday.

  • Greek Ex-Minister: Other Euro Countries Did Swaps Too Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | 12:02 PM ET
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    Greece's 2001 deal to swap some of its debt using currency derivatives was in line with what other euro-zone countries were doing, Yiannos Papantoniou, the country's finance and economy minister when the deal was made, told CNBC.com Wednesday.

  • Goldman's Debt Swaps Are 'Destabilizing': Economist Wednesday, 17 Feb 2010 | 1:04 AM ET
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    The EU should thoroughly investigate the case of the debt swaps involving Greece and Goldman Sachs, as these types of operations are destabilizing financial markets, economist Simon Johnson told CNBC.com.

  • Wild Swings to End Week; Techs Gain Friday, 12 Feb 2010 | 7:43 PM ET

    Stocks ended a volatile week with wild swings Friday as China's surprise tightening of its lending standards rattled global markets. Techs rallied, delivering the Nasdaq its best week since early January. All three major indexes snapped a four-week losing streak.Investors, keen to play the dips, retreated to one of their safe plays — technology. The Dow snapped a four-week winning streak, while the Nasdaq had its best week since early January.

  • Stocks Fall Sharply on Tightening in China Friday, 12 Feb 2010 | 11:53 AM ET

    Stocks fell sharply Friday as world markets were rattled over China's decision to tighten capital requirements for banks. The Dow was down more than 100 points, or over 1 percent, in the first few minutes of trading.

  • Busch: Chinese Rate Rise=European Frying Friday, 12 Feb 2010 | 10:11 AM ET
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    China and the Far East occupy a far different place in the business cycle compared to Europe and the United States. The nascent Chinese exit strategy will be a test case for other nations to follow when the cycle recovers.

  • Futures Fall on Tightening in China Friday, 12 Feb 2010 | 7:29 AM ET

    Stock index futures dropped as world markets were rattled over China's decision to tighten capital requirements for banks.

  • Greek Rescue Issue Is As Much About E.U. As Greece Thursday, 11 Feb 2010 | 10:24 AM ET
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    Resolving the Greek debt mess is about more than the financial crisis and fiscal responsibility, say experts. It's also about keeping Europe together.

  • EU Searches For Political Answer to Economic Problem Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | 5:19 PM ET
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    The European Union is wrestling with complex political considerations as much as economic ones that are likely to play a pivotal role in the timing and shape of any aid package to resolve the Greek debt crisis, experts say.

  • The EU Has to Rescue Greece Wednesday, 10 Feb 2010 | 11:32 AM ET
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    Much as I am sick of bailout nation, and bailout global nation, the European rescue of Greece was probably necessary to stop a total euro currency meltdown that might have triggered a worldwide debt deflation downward spiral.

  • The Global Debt Revolt Tuesday, 9 Feb 2010 | 1:33 PM ET

    I’m trying hard to remain optimistic about economic recovery here in America — and for that matter, around the world.

  • Europe Searches for Way Out Of Its Growing Debt Crisis Tuesday, 9 Feb 2010 | 12:00 PM ET
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    Financial markets are betting heavily that Greece's crushing debt could drag down the entire eurozone, and that could force reluctant EU leaders into an embarrassing bailout.

  • Busch: The Global Debt Dilemma Tuesday, 9 Feb 2010 | 10:41 AM ET

    Apparently, the Greek government has called in the big hitters to help them with their fiscal dilemma.

  • World Financial Leaders Focus on Budget Crises Saturday, 6 Feb 2010 | 9:34 AM ET
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    Amid fears that go-it-alone moves such as President Barack Obama's plan to break up big banks will further hamper the fledging economic recovery, finance ministers and central bankers from the Group of Seven major industrial countries meet.

  • Farrell: Dancing the Potomac Two Step Friday, 5 Feb 2010 | 8:37 AM ET

    Why would you ever want to be President? Everyone who comes to the job does so with some vision and dream and quickly has to learn how to dance the dance if anything is to be done. It's harder now than ever with the accumulated debt we have built up.

  • Europe Testing How Much Tax Is Too Much Friday, 5 Feb 2010 | 6:27 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Here we go again. The German government said this week it's going to buy a stolen CD which apparantly contains the names of 1,500 Germans with secret bank accounts in Switzerland.

  • In Europe, Challenges for Google Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010 | 11:15 AM ET
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    Google has a problem in China. But it may have bigger headaches in Europe. The New York Times reports.

  • Europe's Spanish Dilemma: Who Does What? Tuesday, 2 Feb 2010 | 4:54 AM ET
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    Spain's presidency has as its bedrock the '2020 Strategy' plan. A plan to create jobs and to make Europe a 'smarter, greener social market'. But Spain itself has the worst jobs picture anywhere in the EU27.

  • How Critical Is the Fed’s Independence? Monday, 1 Feb 2010 | 2:22 PM ET
    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.