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  • Stocks Soar as Italy and Greece Act on Austerity Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 8:51 AM ET

    George Soros is warning the euro zone debt crisis could be worse than the Lehman crisis but stocks across Europe are sharply higher this morning following news from Athens and Rome on how they plan to tackle their budget deficits.

  • Obama Must Stick or Twist on Jobs and Growth Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 4:24 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    With his approval ratings on the floor, President Barack Obama will on Thursday unveil an eagerly awaited speech on job creation that will define the 2012 battle for the White House.

  • Euro Land May Face Full-on Bond Meltdown: Economist Tuesday, 6 Sep 2011 | 1:56 AM ET
    Recession-themed newsprint cuttings

    Sometimes a summer vacation can set you up for the autumn, allowing you some-hard earned rest to recharge the batteries before returning to the office, light of heart and confident about the prospects for the rest of the year.

  • Don't Bet on a 'United States of Europe' Monday, 5 Sep 2011 | 2:03 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    The man who ran Germany when the euro began trading has an idea to save the euro zone: the creation of a "United States of Europe."

  • Berlusconi Risks Drawing Italy Back Into the Mire Friday, 2 Sep 2011 | 3:39 AM ET
    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi

    Silvio Berlusconi’s government in Italy could be about to make a serious mistake that would have major ramifications for the euro zone and global markets.

  • August Was Horrendous for Stocks, Roll on September Wednesday, 31 Aug 2011 | 9:29 AM ET

    Nothing tells the story of August like the data. The DJIA is off by 4.7 percent month to date but the losses elsewhere show just what a difficult month it has been.

  • Japan's Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda

    One of the first things Yoshihiko Noda said in his victory speech after winning the race for leader of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan was to call time on the internal feuding within the DPJ that has set back urgently needed reforms and delayed post-quake rebuilding.

  • When Will Greece Say 'Enough Is Enough'? Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 2:03 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    EU leaders yesterday rounded on the new Head of the IMF calling her comments on Europe 'misguided'. Christine Lagarde's assessment is certainly stark. The former French Finance Minister argues economies are now in a 'new dangerous' phase' that requires Europe's banks be forced to recapitalize in order to cut the 'chain of contagion'.

  • Trichet Gives Master Class in Saying Nothing Sunday, 28 Aug 2011 | 7:56 AM ET
    Jean-Claude Trichet

    In Jackson Hole Wyoming on Saturday Jean-Claude Trichet, the president of the European Central Bank was due to give a speech to a meeting of policy makers hosted by the Federal Reserve. As he prepared to speak the euro zone faced huge problems.

  • Marriage, Baby Boomers and the Case for Gold Saturday, 27 Aug 2011 | 10:46 AM ET
    Cash and gold

    This time last year, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke used a speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to hint that he was about to unleash a second round of unconventional measures to get more monetary liquidity into domestic the economy.

  • Wadhwa: Merkel's Grip on the Throne Shaky Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 7:04 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Forbes Magazine might have just put German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the throne for the "Most Powerful Woman" in the world, but at home her less exulted throne of government is shaking.

  • Fed Could Anger Creditors, Tea Party With 'QE3' Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 3:12 AM ET

    This time last year, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke used a speech in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to hint that he was about to unleash a second round of unconventional measures to get more monetary liquidity into domestic the economy.

  • Use Aid for EU Governments to Boost Banks as Well? Friday, 19 Aug 2011 | 2:08 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    A viewer tweeted me last week (@louisabojesen) saying "Don't phone lines exist between Berlin and Paris? Why was the face-to-face meeting necessary between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel?"

  • Commentary: Bailout Upon Bailout, Blah Blah Blah Friday, 12 Aug 2011 | 7:44 AM ET
    British-born actor Elizabeth Taylor in costume as the Egyptian queen Cleopatra, for the film, 'Cleopatra,' directed by Joseph Mankiewicz, 1963.

    It’s all getting a bit Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the euro zone recently. The European Union seems to think that if it’s worth doing in the first place, its worth fighting for

  • Europe's Leaders Play Tennis While Markets Implode Tuesday, 9 Aug 2011 | 4:36 AM ET
    Tennis

    August is famously the month when most of Europe hits the beach. Markets are quiet, parliaments are closed, and very little happens.

  • 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.

  • As the stock market selloff accelerated late Thursday, I spoke to a bullish fund manager and a bearish hedge fund manager, both of whom told me they saw opportunity as the Dow approached its worst close since late 2008.

  • Jean-Claude Trichet

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

  • 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.

  • Death by a 1,000 Cuts or an EU Bond? Wednesday, 3 Aug 2011 | 4:58 AM ET

    What has become clear to anyone who is not actually running a euro zone member state or a central bank in Frankfurt is that reacting to yesterday’s crisis simply leads to tomorrow’s crisis.

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