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  • French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde is considered the top contender to replace Strauss-Kahn as IMF chief.

    France, Germany, and other euro zone countries want Greece to remain in the monetary union, "but there will be a price," Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), told CNBC Thursday.

  • IMF Chief's Plan To Boost Global Growth

    Europe's debt crisis has worsened and the world economy has entered into a dangerous new zone, says Christine LaGarde, IMF managing director. CNBC's Maria Bartiromo asks LaGarde why she is focusing on short-term measures.

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    Governments can "create" jobs in a non-Keynesian manner. The first thing to do is generate incentives for private sector companies to hire more staff, writes Moorad Choudhry, Head of Business Treasury, Global Banking & Markets at the Royal Bank of Scotland.

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    Greece needs a collective effort by itself, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the rest of the euro zone members to resolve the crisis, according to Zhu Min, Deputy Managing Director, who spoke to CNBC from the summer meeting of the World Economic Forum in Dalian, China.

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    News that Germany and France are ready to stand by Greece and avoid it leaving the euro helped stocks to rally following a conference call between Angela Merkel, Nicolas Sarkozy and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Wednesday.

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    Markets around the world have been waiting for decisions from euro zone leaders on greater fiscal integration and euro bonds since July.

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    Investors will have to deal with an avalanche of news flow from Europe on Wednesday ahead of a crucial meeting of euro zone finance ministers and US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner on Friday.

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    Despite the laundry list of troubles—and constant predications of an American decline— many analysts say the U.S. is far from losing its ranking as the number one economy on the globe.

  • Angel Gurria, secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, issued a strong defense of the euro over the weekend.

  • European Central Bank

    There are plenty of officials who would argue there is no possibility of Greece being excluded from the euro zone in the event of a bankruptcy, writes BNY Mellon's Simon Derrick.

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    Debt-crippled Greece's borrowing costs reached a new record high Tuesday on fears about the country's austerity program, a new blow as Prime Minister George Papandreou chaired a cabinet meeting aimed at finding ways to speed up delayed structural reforms.

  • Reichstag Parliment building, Berlin, Germany

    On Wednesday, investors will wait with bated breath for news from Germany again, where the Federal Constitutional Court has the power to make or break the fate of the euro zone.

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    Italy has been allowed to backtrack because the European Central Bank bought Italian bonds before an austerity package had been agreed, Nick Firoozye, head of European rates strategy at Nomura told CNBC Tuesday.

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    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.

  • Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    Dominique Strauss-Kahn returned home to France on Sunday, for the first time since attempted rape accusations by a New York hotel maid unleashed an international scandal that dashed the former International Monetary Fund chief's chances for the French presidency.

  • "If you look at the situation of the economic crisis it was always more political than financial. We need to simplify the decision-making process because at the moment it is far too complicated," Jose Maria Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain, told CNBC.

  • 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.

  • In this handout photo provided by the IMF, Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn makes his statement at the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC) Press Conference during the 2011 IMF/World Bank Spring Meetings at IMF's Headquarters April 16, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The IMF/World Bank Meetings being held this week which will host Finance Ministers and Bank Governors from 187 countries.

    Former IMF cheif Dominique Strauss-Kahn was greeted with applause during his visit to the headquarters of the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. on Monday.

  • Inflation Could Become a Problem in 2013

    "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.

  • Lagarde Warns European Banks

    The IMF director is calling for mandatory recapitalization at some Euro banks. Debating whether it is necessary and what it means for the debt crisis in Europe, with Frank Holmes, U.S. Global Investors CEO, and Erik Davidson, Wells Fargo Private Bank.