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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?"
Discussing Europe's debt problems; the transaction tax proposal, and what's ailing banks, with Richard Bove, Rochdale Securities, and Ed Groshans, Height Analytics.
Even as France and Germany were proposing new euro zone reforms, Finland was inking its own deal with Greece. Now others want in.
The debate over whether a tax should be imposed on financial transactions continued Thursday morning as markets around Europe sank again.
"I could see a special formation known as a V formation a V shaped recovery and that means a step drop and a fast recovery and this formation started at 6,000 on the SMI and would end up at 6000. We¿re at 5,330 and the formation is still good as long as we don¿t break to the down side then the formation is not valid anymore," Daniel Stillhart, portfolio manager and technical analyst, LB Swiss, Frankfurter Bankgesellschaft Zurich told CNBC.
"There are lots of arguments against any tax, as we know. On the other hand, even a free marketer like me worries transacting has become so costless, so instant that it has become destabilising," Sean Corrigan, chief investment strategist at Diapason Commodities Management, told CNBC.
The Merkel-Sarkozy proposed fix for Europe is a "step in the right direction," but a "revival" of the transaction tax could drive customers from Europe to banks in emerging markets and the U.S., Deutsche Bank CEO Josef Ackermann warned.
Investors were hoping for more than they got from the meeting between Frances's Nicolas Sarkozy and Germany's Angela Merkel. Here's what to do now.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera with an update on European banks and markets after yesterday's summit.
As stock markets in Europe faltered Wednesday after Tuesday's meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy failed to reassure, some investors told CNBC that they are starting to become bullish after recent market falls.
"I think the markets will test the resolve of the Euro zone politicians. It is a game of cat and mouse, and unless the markets push the politicians, they do not do anything. I think we are going to enter our third wave of selling," Chris Watling, chief executive at Longview Economics, told CNBC.
"Everything (Merkel and Sarkozy) talked about has been in place since 1999. This is a play for the gallery to buy more time," Steen Jakobsen, chief investment officer at Saxo Bank, told CNBC in a discussion on the meeting between the French and German leaders on Tuesday.
CNBC's Ross Westgate with a look at today's proposals to shore up Europe's debt crisis, including a tax on financial transactions and mandatory balanced budgets.
CNBC's Ross Westgate has the details on the Euro leaders' meeting, and discussing its impact on the markets, with Keith McCullough, Hedgeye Risk Management, and Andre Julian, OpVest Wealth Management.
Debating the direction of global markets and where investors can find the best investment opportunities, with John Brynjolfsson, Armored Wolf, and George Greig, William Blair International Growth Fund.
CNBC's Ross Westgate reports on the Merkel/Sarkozy proposals for solving the Euro Zone debt crisis.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs with the latest details from the European leaders, and the White House responds to Gov. Rick Perry's threat to the Fed chairman, with CNBC's Eamon Javers. Also, the Fast Money traders weigh in on Europe's economy and how to play it, with Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter.
Simon Hobbs with an update from the Merkel-Sarkozy press conference, the current deal-making environment, and whether Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility signals a new trend in tech, with Robert Kindler, Morgan Stanley.
CNBC's Scott Wapner & Simon Hobbs with a look at European banks and the euro, and a discussion of China's plan to increase the value of the the yuan, with Mark Chadler,Brown Brothers Harriman.
CNBC's Ross Westgate has the latest details on the meeting between the two European leaders, and a preview of today's press conference, with Michael Hewson, CMC Markets; Daniel Gross, Yahoo Finance, and CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.