Political Leaders


  • ECB's Knot Admits to Chance of Greece Defaulting Friday, 23 Sep 2011 | 1:11 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    A situation where Greece cannot pay back its public debt can no longer be excluded, European Central Bank Governing Council member Klaas Knot was quoted as saying on Friday.

  • Where's Washington's Leadership?     Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 7:30 PM ET

    Debating whether a short-term spending bill will pass the House, or lead to a government shutdown, with Rep. Bill Pascrell, (D-NJ), and Rep. Kevin Brady, (R-TX)

  • Commodities Tomorrow     Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Ron Suskind on Washington Leadership     Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 1:45 PM ET

    Ron Suskind, Pulitzer Prize winner and author of "Confidence Men," discusses his new book and the crisis of leadership coming from Washington in both parties.

  • Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke

    Oh, man. If this is the Benjamin's idea of monetary policy help, imagine if he wanted to screw things up. But I shouldn't blame Ben.

  • Sarkozy Under Pressure From G20 Leaders Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 11:59 AM ET
    French President Nicholas Sarkozy

    The leaders of six members of the G20 group of world economic powers issued a joint open letter to the French president Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday, calling for decisive action to be taken over the eurozone debt crisis.

  • Boehner: Possible Gov. Shutdown     Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 11:20 AM ET

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) discusses the possibility of a government shutdown.

  • Lagarde on Global Economy     Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 9:30 AM ET

    IMF head Christine Lagarde says the world economy is entering a dangerous new phase.

  • Leaderless Slovenia Unlikely to Delay EFSF Vote Thursday, 22 Sep 2011 | 2:46 AM ET
    EU building flags brussels

    Slovenia's minority government has collapsed after a no-confidence vote and this could further complicate the passage of legislation to scale up and enhance the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF), a key element of the euro zone's crisis response.

  • Destruction of Democratic Party?     Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 7:50 PM ET

    Debating whether the President's policies will destroy the democratic party, with with Keith Boykin, former Clinton White House aide, Kellyanne Conway, The Polling Company president & CEO; and Andrew Breitbart, BigGovernment.com publisher.

  • Commodities Tomorrow     Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • A Tax Others Embrace, US Opposes Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 1:29 PM ET
    Barack Obama

    Whether the taxes on the rich in Europe raise enough money to close much of their budget shortfalls, they are being promoted as a step toward economic fairness at a time when governments are cutting spending on social programs like pensions, health care and education. The New York Times reports.

  • Making Munis Taxable Will Hurt Cities: Rep. Frank Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 1:15 PM ET

    Rep. Barney Frank opposes the part of the Obama jobs plan changing the tax-exempt status of income from municipal bonds, saying it would hurt the states and cities the job-creation measure intends to help.

  • The chances of Italy defaulting on its debt repayments are actually smaller than the market is pricing in, according to analysts at Credit Suisse.

  • Euro Sovereign Debt Fallout Biggest Risk: Survey Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 7:31 AM ET
    eu building brussels

    The European banking system is the biggest threat to global equities, according to a survey of investors by Barclays Capital.

  • Germany 10-Year Bond Sale Sees Lowest Yield Ever Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 5:59 AM ET

    Germany sold 4.188 billion euros of 10-year government bonds on Wednesday in an auction that attracted greater demand than at a previous sale and sent borrowing costs to a record low in the category.

  • Troika Still Has a Very Tough Job Ahead on Greece     Wednesday, 21 Sep 2011 | 1:00 AM ET

    "The Troika still has a very very tough job ahead of it. We¿ve now had a bit more backing from Germany and that¿s comforting to financial markets, we had a positive reaction yesterday. I think Greece still has to deliver and that¿s where the big problem is," John Hydeskov, senior analyst at Danske Bank told CNBC. "They said when the negotiations broke down last time that they would blame recession for them not being able to live up to the measures to begin with I think this time it will be more difficult to convince the Troika that it is outside factors," he added.

  • Philipp Roesler, Germany's Economy Minister, told CNBC he believes the controversial extension to the EFSF will be passed through parliament with a clear majority.

  • Major Progress in Greek Talks?     Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | 7:19 PM ET

    Charles Dallara, fmr. Asst. Treasury Secretary for Int'l Affairs, and David Malpass, Encima Global, weigh in on Greek Foreign Minister Stavros Lambrinidis' interview with CNBC's Larry Kudlow.

  • Commodities Tomorrow     Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.