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  • Greece

    The boss of the Greek debt office (PDMA) has told CNBC that Friday is not the deadline for the debt swap plan.

  • NYSE Traders

    Markets Friday will debate the merits of President Obama's $447 billion jobs package and monitor G-7 finance ministers, who meet in France against a backdrop of weaker global growth and fears of financial contagion from Europe.

  • High Noon Approaching for Greece? Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 10:04 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    The Greek tragedy in several acts would appear to be approaching a climactic moment. The warnings coming out of Berlin all week have been hard to ignore: "Greece either puts up or shoves off" would seem to be the blunt message being offered.

  • Dutch PM Calls For Europe Budget Tsar Thursday, 8 Sep 2011 | 1:09 AM ET

    The European Union should appoint a new budget tsar with powers to dictate taxes and spending in euro zone countries and who could ultimately adjudicate whether countries should be kicked out of the euro, the Dutch prime minister has argued in the Financial Times.

  • Thursday Look Ahead: Big Day for Policy Talk Wednesday, 7 Sep 2011 | 9:27 PM ET

    Markets will be watching three major policy speeches Thursday, including President Obama and Fed Chairman Bernanke, but the speaker that may be most dramatic may be out of Europe.

  • European Stocks Fall Sharply as Debt Fears Hit Banks Monday, 5 Sep 2011 | 12:23 PM ET
    Close-up of a pen on stock price chart

    European shares fell sharply on Monday amid renewed fears over the euro zone debt crisis and a warning from Deutsche Bank’s CEO on the outlook for banks.

  • 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."

  • Crunch Week Begins for Italy; Government Under Fire Sunday, 4 Sep 2011 | 8:58 AM ET

    The Italian government is still wrangling over how best to balance its budget, losing credibility with key leaders and opinion formers.

  • IMF and Euro Zone Clash Over Estimates Thursday, 1 Sep 2011 | 12:32 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    International Monetary Fund staff have provoked a fierce dispute with eurozone authorities by circulating estimates showing serious damage to European banks’ balance sheets from their holdings of troubled eurozone sovereign debt. the FT reports.

  • Inflation Could Become a Problem in 2013     Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 11:30 AM ET

    "Inflation fears at the start of the year were always something I was skeptical about and which I always thought were overdone," Bob Parker, senior advisor at Credit Suisse, told CNBC. However, he added he was concerned that inflation could become an issue in 2013.

  • IASB Criticizes Greek Debt Writedowns Tuesday, 30 Aug 2011 | 1:30 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    Some European financial institutions should have taken bigger losses on their Greek government bond holdings in recent results announcements, according to the body that sets their accounting rules in a letter seen by the FT.

  • Central Banks Cannot Go Bust—But Can Cause Trouble Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 5:16 AM ET
    Financial Crisis

    With speculation growing that the Fed could pull the trigger on QE3 next month and the ECB buying up bonds in the euro zone, analysts at ING in Amsterdam have been asking if it is possible for a central bank to go bust.

  • Doubts Persist on German Role in Greek Debt Deal Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 1:36 AM ET

    German “bad bank” agencies holding billions of euros of Greek debt have still to decide whether to join a bond swap designed to cut Athens’ refinancing burden as part of an EU bail-out, the FT writes.

  • 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.

  • Greece Matters Again and It Could Be In Trouble Saturday, 27 Aug 2011 | 7:45 AM ET

    On July 21, EU leaders, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund agreed on a second rescue package for Greece, one they hoped would put the country in a position to come to grips with its debts. That deal is now looking like it could fall apart.

  • The Currency Trade Behind Jackson Hole Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 7:29 PM ET
    Ben Bernanke at Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke has spoken, and now it's European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet's turn. Here's how to trade the central banker-speak.

  • Fully Fledged Credit Crisis May Be Ahead: Author Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 3:07 AM ET
    Trader at London Stock Exchange, England.

    The world could be heading into another fully fledged credit crisis, according to Satyait Das, the author of Extreme Money: Masters of the Universe and the Cult of Risk.

  • US Funds Show True State of Euro Zone Banks Friday, 26 Aug 2011 | 1:35 AM ET

    In any murder mystery film, it pays to watch the boring gray man (or woman) in the corner; quiet, unobtrusive characters can be deadly. So, too, in finance. Four years ago, the giant US money market funds seemed some of the dullest actors in the global financial scene. But in 2007, they quietly helped to spark the crisis in the mortgage-backed securities world.

  • Fears Over Greek Bailout Re-Emerge     Thursday, 25 Aug 2011 | 11:10 AM ET

    Chris Wheeler, bank analyst at Mediobanca joined CNBC to discuss the latest news on the European markets and what would happen if the Greek bailout fails.

  • Forget Ben, the Big Draw May Be the IMF's Lagarde Wednesday, 24 Aug 2011 | 1:29 PM ET
    French finance minister Christine Lagarde is seen as a front-runner to succeed Strauss-Kahn.

    While markets are hyper-focused on the Friday speech at Jackson Hole by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, they are overlooking what could be an equally important Saturday appearance by IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde.