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  • Top Earners Not So Lofty in the Days of Recession Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011 | 5:14 AM ET
    Manhattan skyline

    Hold the condolence cards, but the recession cost the rich. The share of income received by the top 1 percent — that potent symbol of inequality — dropped to 17 percent in 2009 from 23 percent in 2007, according to federal tax data. The New York Times reports.

  • Why Europe Has Investors Running Scared—Again Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 1:57 PM ET
    France and Germany want a new European Union treaty for all 27 members or for the 17 members of the eurozone with other nations signing on a voluntary basis, President Sarkozy said today

    The search for a silver bullet to fix Europe’s debt mess again has come up empty.

  • Only the ECB Can Save Europe: Pimco's Kashkari Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 12:51 PM ET
    European Central Bank

    Only the European Central Bank "has the balance sheet big enough to deal with this crisis" in Europe, Neel Kashkari, Pimco's head of equities, told CNBC Monday.

  • 'The Right Answer Was No Treaty': David Cameron Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 11:41 AM ET
    David Cameron

    UK Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday defended his decision to veto European Union treaty changes at last week's summit of EU leaders, saying he was faced with a choice of treaty change without safeguards for Britain, or no treaty.  

  • Crouch: The Day The Euro Died Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 9:43 AM ET
    E.U. Flags

    While most have dubbed the products of the European Union Summit as further ‘kicking the can down the road,’ I believe the outcome portends the end of the Euro currency as we now know it.

  • A Romance With Risk That Brought On a Panic Monday, 12 Dec 2011 | 8:05 AM ET
    Jon Corzine

    Soon after taking the reins of MF Global in 2010, Jon S. Corzine visited the Wall Street firm’s Chicago offices for the first time, greeting the brokers, analysts and sales staff there, the New York Times reports.

  • Euro Crisis Pits Germany and US in Tactical Fight Sunday, 11 Dec 2011 | 10:10 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Barack Obama talk ahead of the start of the G20 Summit of Heads of State and Government on November 3, 2011 in Cannes, France.

    The latest response to the euro crisis sparks a debate  over  how far governments must bend to the power of markets, The New York Times reports.

  • Euro Zone Agrees to Follow the Original Rules Saturday, 10 Dec 2011 | 10:43 AM ET
    Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy

    In the fiscal accord, the nations that use the euro essentially agreed to go back to Plan A — that is, the principles and rules with which they created their common currency two decades ago.

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    As a New York Jets fan, I despair of all the talk about the New England Patriots. I desperately want to wish the Patriots away, but I cannot. They matter. When it comes to Europe, investors around the world also face this exasperating combination of having, but not wishing to pay close attention.

  • Money Match Up Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 5:30 PM ET
    Money Match Up

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the latest developments from the EU Summit in Brussels. Did the EU do enough to avoid a downgrade? The reforms didn't do much to excite currency traders. What the summit means for the euro, with CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Money in Motion traders.

  • Global Markets: U.S. Consumer Confidence Up Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 11:40 AM ET
    Global Markets: U.S. Consumer Confidence Up

    CNBC's Mandy Drury looks at the upward move in the U.S. markets, partially due to the EU agreement. And lower gas prices bring about a rise in consumer confidence.

  • No, Prime Minister; That's Not What Europe Needs Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 6:06 AM ET
    British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street on August 11, 2011 in London, England. Mr Cameron hosted a COBRA meeting and a cabinet meeting earlier this morning to discuss the current unrest that has spread across the country. Parliament has been recalled following four days of rioting across the UK.

    Another week, another euro zone crisis! It feels as if this crisis is never ending, self perpetuating until an eventual Armageddon that will at the very best end with the break-up of the euro zone and at the very worst in World War III.

  • British Prime Minister Says UK Will Never Join Euro Friday, 9 Dec 2011 | 3:26 AM ET
    David Cameron

    British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing criticisms of leaving the UK isolated after he said he would not agree to a new European Union treaty.

  • Europe Must Swallow 'Bitter Pill' Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 1:01 AM ET

    Fiscal transfers from Germany to other countries in the euro zone will be essential to resolving the euro zone debt crisis in the long term, Erik Britton, director at Fathom Consulting told CNBC.

  • Merkel’s Path: Brinkmanship for Debt Crisis Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 10:28 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    What may have seemed like timid or even bumbling leadership is looking more like a consistent strategy of brinkmanship aimed at remaking the euro zone in Germany’s likeness.  The New York Times reports.

  • Euro Zone Not the World's Only Troubled Economy Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 8:43 AM ET

    The US economy has not, by any means, emerged fully from the recession of 2008. The real-estate sector is still suffering grievously from the effects of the crash, and unemployment remains uncomfortably high.

  • How a Break-Up of the Euro Zone Could Crush the UK Wednesday, 7 Dec 2011 | 3:03 AM ET
    Big Ben

    A break-up of the single European currency would have severe consequences on the UK economy, with unemployment pushing above 4 million, the pound appreciating sharply and major banks failing, analysts at ING wrote in a market note.

  • S&P Places EFSF into Creditwatch Negative Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | 8:51 AM ET
    S&P Places EFSF into Creditwatch Negative

    S&P places EFSF long-term AAA ratings on creditwatch negative, with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • MF Global Risk Officer Warned About Bonds: Report Tuesday, 6 Dec 2011 | 7:08 AM ET
    MF Global website

    An executive in charge of controlling risk within MF Global raised concerns a few times last year about the increasing number of bets on European bonds by Jon S. Corzine, the company's former CEO, the Wall Street Journal wrote on Tuesday.

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    Even with the European Union economy most certainly headed for recession, hopes are growing that the U.S. will be able to escape the worst of the sovereign debt storm and keep moving on a slow-growth trajectory.