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  • Three Reasons to Worry About the Euro: Analyst Monday, 23 May 2011 | 5:55 AM ET
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    With divisions over how to respond to the Greek debt crisis worrying investors, one analyst believes there are considerable short-term risks for the euro.

  • CEO Calls for Marshall Plan for Greece Monday, 23 May 2011 | 5:07 AM ET

    The CEO of Europe's largest insurer by gross premiums and market capitalization has called for more aid for Greece and a plan to help the country's growth, according to German media reports.

  • Critics Take Aim at ECB Boss Jean-Claude Trichet Monday, 23 May 2011 | 3:58 AM ET
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    As he prepares to stand down from the European Central Bank later this year, Jean-Claude Trichet could be forgiven for asking himself why he bothers. Having steered the euro zone through crisis after crisis, the criticism of his time running Europe’s central bank gets louder and louder.

  • Could Italy Follow Greece Into Trouble? Monday, 23 May 2011 | 1:33 AM ET

    S&P cut its outlook on Italian debt at the weekend, citing fear over its growth record, weak reform process and the likely impact of reducing its high government debt.

  • Labelux Buys Jimmy Choo for $812 Million Monday, 23 May 2011 | 1:13 AM ET

    Upscale British shoemaker and retailer Jimmy Choo was bought by luxury goods group Labelux from TowerBrook Capital Partners LP, the companies said on Sunday.

  • ECB Faces 'Skeleton' Risk Due to Collateral: Report Monday, 23 May 2011 | 12:34 AM ET

    The European Central Bank is facing a potential crisis of its own because of "skeleton" risks amounting to several hundreds of billions of euros on its balance sheet, Dow Jones reported quoting Der Spiegel magazine.

  • Spain's Socialists Trounced Amid Economic Turmoil Sunday, 22 May 2011 | 7:22 PM ET
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    Spain's ruling Socialists suffered a crushing defeat to conservatives in local and regional elections Sunday, yielding power even in traditional strongholds against a backdrop of staggering unemployment and unprecedented sit-ins by Spaniards furious with what they see as politicians who don't care about their plight.

  • Former IMF Chief's Wife Stands by Her Man Saturday, 21 May 2011 | 1:13 PM ET
    Anne Sinclair (C), wife of IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn and her daughter Camille Strauss-Kahn (R) depart Manhattan Criminal Court.

    On April 30, Anne Sinclair wrote about the wedding of Prince William: “We were like children who, before going to sleep, want a tale, a story with a princess and a dream, because real life catches up with you soon enough...”  The New York Times reports.

  • A 'Soft' Restructuring for Greece? Friday, 20 May 2011 | 4:40 PM ET
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    We often get a frenzy of negative Europe speculation on a Friday afternoon either from fear of what might emerge over the weekend or mischief-making by Dollar-bulls. And today is no exception.

  • European Debt Crisis Strangles Recovery     Friday, 20 May 2011 | 4:05 PM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on Europe's struggle to gain its financial footing, with Greece's debt crisis and Spain's elections looming.

  • Greek Chorus of Bad News for the Euro Friday, 20 May 2011 | 2:31 PM ET
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    The euro had a nice run this week - but investors are turning on it today, and this pro thinks there is more to come.

  • Euro Falls Against U.S. Dollar     Friday, 20 May 2011 | 12:46 PM ET

    Todd Gordon, Aspen Trading Group, and the Fast Money traders weigh in on Greek debt, the falling euro, and where you should invest today.

  • Greek Debt Dilemma & the Markets     Friday, 20 May 2011 | 12:12 PM ET

    Discussing the market's valuation; Europe's growing economic problems, and Greek debt, with Joel Greenblatt, Gotham Capital founder and Peter Boockvar, Miller Tabak Co.

  • Dollar Jumps, Loonie's In the Dumps Friday, 20 May 2011 | 12:11 PM ET

    The dollar is jumping against the euro, but the loonie is losing altitude — it's time for your Friday FX Fix.

  • Battle for the Next IMF Leader     Friday, 20 May 2011 | 11:20 AM ET

    Europeans are pushing for French finance minister Christine Lagarde to take over but leaders from emerging nations are also staking their claim. Insight with Geoffrey Dennis,Cit; Marko Papic, Stratfor, and CNBC's Mary Thompson.

  • Fix the IMF: Go for Growth — End Bailout Nation Friday, 20 May 2011 | 10:11 AM ET
    International Monetary Fund chief, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, is placed in the backseat of a police vehicle outside of a New York City Police Department facility in New York City.

    As the IMF gets ready to choose a successor to Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who resigned following his arrest on charges that he sexually assaulted and raped a hotel housekeeper, it would be a good thing to step back for a moment and ask: What should the IMF do?

  • Strauss-Kahn to Leave Rikers     Friday, 20 May 2011 | 9:00 AM ET

    IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is expected to leave Rikers today, reports CNBC's Mary Thompson.

  • IMF's Strauss-Kahn To Leave on Bail     Friday, 20 May 2011 | 7:02 AM ET

    CNBC's Mary Thompson has the details on the former IMF chief leaving Rikers and heading to his NYC apartment today.

  • Fighting Inflation a Challenge: ECB Board Member Friday, 20 May 2011 | 4:55 AM ET

    Fighting inflation in times when commodity prices increase is part of the future challenges the European Central Bank (ECB) will have to face, Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell, executive board member of the ECB, said in an exclusive interview with CNBC Friday.

  • Spain Bans Jobs Protests Over Election Weekend Friday, 20 May 2011 | 3:56 AM ET
    Demonstrators block a police car on the parking lot of the Madrid transport bus company during the general strike held in whole Spain in Madrid as unions launched a 24-hour general strike all around Spain to protest tough government labor reforms and austerity measures.

    Spain's electoral oversight body ruled that jobs protests which young people are staging across the country would be illegal over the coming election weekend, but some demonstrators said they would defy the ban.