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  • Guest Blog: Here's How to Save the Euro Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 4:40 AM ET

    The first mistake was to try to arrange a voluntary haircut in the first place, when the Greek government should simply have defaulted.

  • The health of the global economy, and that of markets, depends on the success of a series of medium-term handoffs between the public and private sectors – in growth, balance sheets and credit flows.

  • Greek Default: Why Europe Thinks It May Not Be So Bad Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 11:47 AM ET

    European leaders are beginning to accept the idea that Greece will be forced to default on its debt, causing a long-feared "credit event" that triggers billions of dollars of credit default swaps.

  • IMF Cuts Global Growth Forecasts Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 11:18 AM ET
    IMF Cuts Global Growth Forecasts

    The factors that are pointing to a deceleration in global growth, with Olivier Blanchard, IMF economic counselor/director of research.

  • 'Voluntary' Greek Debt Deal Still Possible: IIF Chief Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 10:30 AM ET

    The lead negotiator for private-sector Greek debt holders says he's still hopeful a deal can be reached that satisfies creditors while enabling the financially strapped nation to grow.

  • IMF Needs More Funding to Stem Euro Crisis: Lagarde Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 9:07 AM ET
    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

    The International Monetary Fund needs $500 billion to help contain the spreading European debt crisis, the organization's managing director, Christine Lagarde, told CNBC.

  • IMF's Lagarde: Much Still Needs to Be Done for Euro Crisis

    IMF managing director Christine Lagarde says she hopes that 2012 will be a year of healing for Europe. The euro partners have to agree on more, says Lagarde, who adds the IMF needs an additional $500 billion in lending capacity to build a stronger firewall out of the euro zone.

  • US Has 'No Intention' of Giving More Money to IMF Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 1:21 PM ET
    European Bank Note

    The US Treasury has "no intention' of providing additional money to the International Monetary Fund, a Treasury official told CNBC Wednesday, even though the IMF is hoping to raise an additional $500 billion to help fight the European debt crisis.

  • China's Yuan on the Verge of Changing the World Wednesday, 18 Jan 2012 | 5:31 AM ET

    Since a limited offshore market in the Chinese currency was established in Hong Kong last year, volumes have gone from strength to strength.

  • Greek PM: Two Deals But No Drachma Ahead Monday, 16 Jan 2012 | 6:22 AM ET
    Lucas Papademos

    In an exclusive interview, Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos is taking straight aim at those who suggest Greece should abandon the euro: “This is really not an option.”

  • Greek PM on ECB: Don't Print Money Sunday, 15 Jan 2012 | 11:02 PM ET
    Lucas Papademos

    Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos, in an exclusive interview with CNBC, said “printing money is not an answer” when it comes to the European Financial Crisis, and declined to wade into the growing controversy over the ECB’s role in Greek debt.

  • Exclusive: Greek PM on the Euro Zone Sunday, 15 Jan 2012 | 10:00 PM ET
    Exclusive: Greek PM on the Euro Zone

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera sits down with Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos to discuss the country's ongoing negotiations with the private sector and Greece's place in the euro zone.

  • El-Erian: Do Friday's European Downgrades Matter? Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 5:10 PM ET

    It is unclear the extent to which the downgrades will alter the function of the international monetary system over time. It is also unclear how material the incremental headwinds blowing out of Europe will be for countries already facing internal fragilities.

  • Steinbock: Looking Ahead to D-Day in Greece Friday, 13 Jan 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    In May 2010, the Eurozone crisis began with turmoil in Greece. In spring 2012, new turmoil in Greece will frame the end-game of the Eurozone itself.

  • Greek Bond Swap Talks Enter Crucial Phase Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 11:16 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    The Greek government held crucial talks with representatives of private bondholders on Thursday to hammer out a deal on a bond swap that would reduce the country's debt load and secure an integral part of its second bailout package.

  • FBI Says Hacking Attack on IMF Started in China Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 7:20 PM ET
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen in Washington, DC.

    U.S. authorities investigating a hacking attack on the International Monetary Fund have concluded it originated in China and was probably connected to the government. The FT reports.

  • Hungary Backs Down but EU Still Unhappy Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 9:00 AM ET

    As talks between Hungary and its international creditors heat up, sharp European Union criticism of the country's lack of progress in tackling its high budget deficit added to pressure on Hungarian negotiators, who already seemed to be softening their tough stance.

  • Euro Steadies, Pound Slips, Hungary Talks to the IMF Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 7:40 AM ET

    British trade data disappoints and Fitch offers tough love for the euro - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Greek Debt Deal Talks: How Much of a 'Haircut'? Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 10:52 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    As negotiators arrive back in Athens today, Greece enters a pivotal time period in which it must finish a crucial renegotiation of its more than $200 billion of debt.

  • Why a Financial Transactions Tax Is Bad for Everyone Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 6:47 AM ET

    Amid the wailing and gnashing of teeth that are governments’ attempts to confirm the long-term viability of the euro project, we are also witnessing an attempt to introduce a financial transactions tax (FTT) or “Tobin Tax” in the European Union.