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  • Alan Greenspan

    The euro zone will need political unification to save the euro, Alan Greenspan, former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, wrote in an opinion piece in the Financial Times.

  • France

    French banks could handle a capital hit caused by their exposure to peripheral sovereign debt, but have fallen victim to negative market sentiment, David Byrne, director of fund management at Swiss Canto Funds Centre in London, told CNBC.

  • ECB's Trichet: Euro Will Hold Value Over Next 10 Years Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 11:09 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    Jean-Claude Trichet defended his run as European Central Bank president in an interview with CNBC on Thursday, saying the bank had delivered its key objective of price stability and that the euro was here to stay.

  • It must be quite interesting be in Mr. Wen Jiabao’s shoes at the moment. The Premier of the globe’s second largest economy is living in a world that seems to be on the brink of a recession due to sovereign debt crisis in Europe and lack of recovery in the US.

  • Embattled Dexia Just the Tip of the Iceberg? Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 6:25 AM ET
    France and Belgium

    As the French and Belgian governments race towards a second rescue for stricken financial group Dexia, fears that the Franco-Belgian group is just the first of many banks in need of aid are intensifying.

  • Trichet's Final ECB Rates Meeting Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 6:25 AM ET
    Trichet's Final ECB Rates Meeting

    Jean-Claude Trichet will chair his last monetary policy meeting at the ECB, with CNBC's Silvia Wadhwa.

  • Barroso Wants Coordinated Bank Recapitalization Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 5:41 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    The European Union's executive proposed coordinated recapitalization of banks on Thursday as the bloc's regulators met to review capital buffers of stressed lenders.

  • How to Kick-Start Economic Growth Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 4:29 AM ET
    Recovery sign

    People are often biased by their immediate surroundings, to the extent that it crowds out other relevant thinking. We econometricians suffer from this; we are constantly trying to counter effectively the bigger influence of more recent data on results

  • European Central Bank Urged to Cut Rates, but Will It? Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 1:17 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The European Central Bank (ECB) was urged to slash the euro zone base rate to one percent as the European debt crisis threatened a second recession but high inflation makes such a move unlikely.

  • Banks Face New European Stress Tests Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 1:10 AM ET

    Europe’s top banking regulator has started to re-examine the strength of the region’s banks, modelling a big writedown of all peripheral eurozone sovereign debt, reported the FT.

  • Endowment Investment Strategies Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 2:42 PM ET
    Endowment Investment Strategies

    Discussing the state of college endowments from the Barefoot Economic Summit, with Chas Cocke, Investure managing director, and CNBC's David Faber.

  • Troika in 'Chicken Game' With Greece: Kyle Bass Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 2:00 PM ET
    Bass Kyle

    “They are forcing Greece to almost internally default and figure out who they are going to pay, and who they are not going to pay,” said Bass.

  • The State of Sovereign Debt Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 12:02 PM ET
    The State of Sovereign Debt

    Insight into what is next for Greece and discussing the steps the European Union has taken to lever global debt, with Kyle Bass, Hayman Capital Management managing partner and CNBC's David Faber at the Barefoot Economic Summit.

  • Our Austerity Plan Will Work: UK Prime Minister Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 11:28 AM ET
    David Cameron

    The British Prime Minister David Cameron defended the coalition government’s austerity plans on Wednesday telling delegates at the Conservative party’s annual conference in Manchester: “Our plan is right, and our plan will work.”

  • What Does Osborne’s 'Credit-Easing' Really Mean? Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 9:39 AM ET
    Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne holds Disraeli's original budget box as he leaves 11 Downing Street for Parliament.

    When chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, got up to speak at the Conservative party conference on Monday, he knew he had to tread a fine line between optimism that the British economy could recover and wasn’t going to fall into a "double-dip" recession, versus facing down calls from the Liberal Democrats to ease public spending cuts and those on the right of his own political party calling for an end to the 50p tax rate at the very least.

  • Euro Debt Holders Will Have to Take Losses: El-Erian Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 7:46 AM ET
    Mohamed El-Erian

    "This time around there's going to be a lot more burden sharing. I don't think the market has quite understood that it's not simply a matter of recapitalization," says the CEO of the world's largest bond fund.

  • British Pound Lightens, Aussie Lifts Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 7:32 AM ET

    Turkey gets tough and the Australians go shopping - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • ‘Force the Issue’ on Greece: Investment Manager Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 6:22 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    It would be better if policymakers let a disorderly default of Greece take place and recapitalized banks, an analyst told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Greek Default 'Inevitable': Former Government Minister Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 5:44 AM ET

    As strikes threatened to bring struggling Greece to a standstill Wednesday, pessimism about the future of the euro zone — in its current form at least — continued to plague the Continent.

  • Spain Likely to Miss Growth Forecasts: Minister Wednesday, 5 Oct 2011 | 2:33 AM ET

    As the Spanish economy fails to drag itself out of the mire created by its debt burden, its Employment Minister Valeriano Gomez admitted to CNBC that it would likely miss growth targets this year.