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Europe’s economic and monetary union as constructed does not work and the euro zone needs some collective and determined leadership according to Jim O’Neill, the chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
The week's top business news and investment advice, including how to trade Europe, US financials, HP's sharp drop and the run-up in gold.
"The terror in Europe stopped, amid rumors there might be weekend meetings and things getting solved," Art Cashin said. "Europe is going to continue to drive this bus and we should be worried about any new things there."
"What will be interesting to see from this week's meeting will be the new scenario for the French economy. We know from the figures we had ten days ago that the growth figures were zero in the second quarter, so we know growth for the year will be between 1.5 percent and 1.7 percent, which is below the 2 percent which was expected by the government at the beginning of the year," Philippe Waechter, head of economic research at Natixis Asset Management, told CNBC's Investing Edge. "We don't know the measures that will be presented [to reduce the budget deficit], but we will start to have some new ways to think about it," he added.
The US and European Union pose divergent threats to a global economic recovery and despite weak growth in the United States, the euro zone debt crisis is more likely to impede a recovery, Paul Donovan, deputy head of Global Economics told CNBC.
The “Euro bond” solution to the euro zone’s sovereign debt problems appears to be an idea whose time has come, Moorad Choudhry writes.
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.