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  • Timothy Geithner

    “So what Europe needs to do is to make sure that there's an unequivocal financial backstop, so there is no doubt in anyone's mind that those countries across Europe have the ability and the will to meet their obligations," the US Treasury secretary told CNBC.

  • Cramer: 7 Things to Watch Next Week Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 6:24 PM ET

    The "Mad Money" host reveals his "Game Plan" for the days to come.

  • Cramer: Europe Could Risk Having to Dissolve Euro Friday, 5 Aug 2011 | 6:24 PM ET

    The Continent could have its 2008 moment that the U.S. went through if it doesn't soon solve its sovereign debt crisis, Cramer said.

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    After the Dow Jones fell by 500 points on Thursday, European indices also faced a sell-off at Friday's open.

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    Is it time to buy gold or flee to cash? With all of the hyperbole in the market on Friday following the 500 point fall in the Dow Jones Industrial average on Thursday, and heavy selling in Asia and Europe Friday, the answer might be bottled water, tinned food and shovels.

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    The big ratings agencies have been blamed for much during the credit crisis, but they hadn't been raided by any of the countries they've threatened with downgrades, until Wednesday.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

    Jean-Claude Trichet tried his best to provide reassurance to investors on Thursday.

  • Recession-themed newsprint cuttings

    Double dip may be back. It has been three decades since the United States suffered a recession that followed on the heels of the previous one. But it could be happening again, the New York Times reports.

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    Technical factors played a role in Thursday's unsettling market moves, including the disorderly across-the-board collapse in the price of risk assets in the final hour of trading and the related surge in U.S. Treasuries. But they were not the cause. Rather, they amplified three factors that will determine the fate of markets in the weeks ahead.

  • Will Germany Save the Euro From Collapse? Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 12:33 PM ET

    The euro will collapse as a currency unless lawmakers, and especially Germany, can agree a common European tax regime and restructure some sovereign debt, a leading market analyst told CNBC.com after the European Central Bank intervened in the markets.

  • Trichet: Euro Zone in Better Shape Than US, Japan Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 11:47 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    The European Central Bank is not worried about the health of the euro zone as a whole and it will stick to its role of fighting inflation, ECB president Jean-Claude Trichet told CNBC in an interview Thursday.

  • Deutsche Telekom Confident AT&T Deal Will Get OK Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 7:04 AM ET

    Deutsche Telekom's CEO Rene Obermann is confident that the sale of its US unit T-Mobile USA to AT&T will get regulatory approval, he told CNBC Thursday.

  • Gold

    The price of gold could almost double as central banks' reserves are depleted, according to the chairman of a gold industry association.

  • ECB Needs to Signal Intervention: Analysts Thursday, 4 Aug 2011 | 2:26 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    July's rate hike could well have been Jean-Claude Trichet's last as president of the European Central Bank, but markets will be watching for signals that the bank is preparing to take some role in future interventions in European markets, economists and analysts told CNBC.com.

  • Is August an Underestimated Crisis-Prone Month? Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 8:18 AM ET
    Protestors escape tear gas fired by policemen in Athens.

    For Angela Merkel there are few things which are as set as her summer holidays. She always leaves Berlin for two weeks with her invisible husband for a hiking holiday in the Tyrol Alps.

  • Is Italian Bond Selloff Becoming Self-Fulfilling? Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 7:34 AM ET

    Events on Wednesday could prove crucial to attempts to again come to grips with the European debt crisis, after Italian borrowing costs hit a 14-year high on Tuesday.

  • Will Berlusconi Finally Be Forced Out Over Debt? Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 6:06 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    He has survived criminal charges and  if you believe all the stories, bunga bunga parties, but could the latest debt crisis be the final nail in the coffin for Silvio Berlusconi's political career?

  • Markets to Keep Pressure on Italy; ECB Only Hope? Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 12:05 PM ET
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    Markets are likely to keep up the pressure on Italy and Spain and the European Central Bank seems to be the only authority that could act quickly, analysts told CNBC.com Tuesday.

  • Greek Reforms Might Actually Work: OECD Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 6:00 AM ET

    Progress on the Greek government's structural reform program has been "impressive" and could succeed in reducing the country's debt to GDP (gross domestic product) ratio to sustainable levels, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said Tuesday.

  • People Drink in Tough Times? Not True: Diageo CEO Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 4:54 AM ET

    Developing markets will make up half of the world's biggest liquor maker's revenue in the next three years, as their consumption is rising while in some developed states consumers are suffering, the CEO of Diageo, Paul Walsh, told CNBC on Tuesday.