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    Back in September, before the scale of the euro zone debt crisis became apparent, the IMF’s World Economic Outlook predicted the world’s developing economies would grow by 6 percent in 2012 versus just 2 percent in the developed world.

  • How Painful Would an Euro Zone Exit Be? Very. Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 4:44 AM ET
    European Central Bank

    The euro crisis rumbles on.  Prime ministers are changing as a direct result of the currency’s troubles, although really what this illustrates is that the countries affected were already in a lot of economic trouble anyway; it’s just that their membership of the euro currency union speeded up the change in government.

  • Europe Must Not Allow Rome to Burn Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011 | 12:52 AM ET
    E.U.

    Confronted with turbulence in the provinces, the eurozone has sent in new governors. In place of the wayward George Papandreou, Greece now has Lucas Papademos, former vice-president of the European Central Bank. Instead of the unruly Silvio Berlusconi, Italy has Mario Monti, former head of competition policy at the European Commission, according to the FT.

  • ‘Hard Sell’ for Europe to Get China or Brazil Help Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 12:30 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Europe would find it hard to convince emerging markets such as Brazil or China to invest in a European bailout fund, a former European Commissioner warned on Tuesday.

  • 'Hard Sell' for Europe to Get China or Brazil Help Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011 | 11:45 AM ET
    'Hard Sell' for Europe to Get China or Brazil Help

    "I think it's a pretty hard sell for Europeans to go to China or Brazil or Singapore or wherever and say, 'Hey guys, we've got this fantastic idea with you putting some of your money into a bailout fund that we're not prepared to put our money into," former EU Commissioner and Chairman of the BBC Trust Lord Patten told CNBC.

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    There is no solution to the current debt crisis plaguing the euro zone, and it’s an illusion to think that one lies on the horizon, an economist told CNBC Monday.

  • Euro Slips, Risk Appetite Wanes Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 8:00 AM ET
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    Italy manages a bond sale, and the Swiss are scolding - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • There Is ‘No Way Out’ for Europe: Economist Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 5:57 AM ET
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    There is no solution to the current debt crisis plaguing the euro zone, and it’s an illusion to think that one lies on the horizon, an economist told CNBC Monday.

  • Don't Blame Capitalism - Blame Selfish Prats Monday, 14 Nov 2011 | 12:44 AM ET
    Student demonstrators carry banners as they march against cuts in tuition funding in London on November 9, 2011. Thousands of students headed to London on November 9 to march against cuts to higher education funding, as a huge police operation sought to head off any repeat of violent protests one year ago.  AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALL (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

    If we’re not to blame capitalism for the current wave of dissatisfaction, who are we to blame? Selfish prats. They can be found across the political spectrum and in all socio-economic groups. They make poor decisions and screw stuff up for everyone else.

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    Splitting the EU – creating a small core of euro zone countries and a looser outer circle – has been taboo. But as Europe debt crisis worsens, France and Germany are discussing the idea more intensively, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • Pro-Euro Economist Papademos Takes Charge in Greece Thursday, 10 Nov 2011 | 10:09 AM ET
    Lucas Papademos

    Lucas Papademos might have been hoping to gently ease into retirement after close to four decades as an economist and central banker.

  • 'Relative-Valuing' the EU Rescue Fund’s Bonds Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011 | 9:15 AM ET
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    The euro zone’s bailout fund, the EFSF, was set up to provide a backstop for euro sovereign members who get into, er...payment difficulties. To date the EFSF has issued two bonds, the first in January maturing in 2016 and a second one in June that matures in 2021.

  • Former U.S. Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker

    The scale of Europe’s debt problems has forced its central bank to go beyond its traditional role in order to limit the cascading effect of the crisis, the former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, told CNBC on Tuesday.

  • Ditching Euro Not Answer for Greece: Minister Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 4:38 AM ET
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    As Greece's leaders tried to finalize the details of its new coalition government, Pavlos Yeroulanos, Minister of Culture and Tourism in the current regime, told CNBC that leaving the single currency would not solve its problems and ruled out a referendum on Greece's membership of the euro zone in the near future.

  • Guest Blog: The End Of The Road For Compromise Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 3:28 AM ET
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    Europe must learn again that welfare is a joint responsibility between state and citizen; that governments cannot redistribute wealth that doesn’t exist; and, that welfare follows from hard work, writes Zoltán Cséfalvay, Minister of State for Economic Strategy for Hungary.

  • G20 to Hold Yet More Euro Zone Crisis Talks Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 1:52 AM ET
    President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso chats with U.S. President Barack Obama as (from L to R) Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan follow behind as the leaders emerge from lunch on their way to the first plenary session at the G8 Summit on May 26, 2011 in Deauville, France. France is hosting the G8 Summit, which focuses on issues including African development, the Arab Spring

    The Group of 20 is seeking to meet again, possibly before Christmas, with the aim of resurrecting a deal to provide an international firewall around Greece, G20 sources have told the Financial Times, saying negotiators at the Cannes summit had been close to an agreement.

  • No Cannes Do for G20 Leaders Monday, 7 Nov 2011 | 12:35 AM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy

    Those looking for firm action in the final G20 communique would have had a hard time finding much to get their teeth into.

  • Your Currency Trade If Europe Gets Worse Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 8:49 PM ET
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    Europe is officially in crisis mode, but the euro is hanging tough. Here's how to prepare if uncertainty seems primed to rise on Monday.

  • Europe Fails to Get Help From G20 Leaders Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 6:24 PM ET
    International Monetary Fund Director Christine Lagarde

    Europe failed to get the leaders of the world's wealthiest economies to help out with its debt troubles, but everyone left a G20 summit Friday relieved that at least they forced the Greek prime minister not to hold the world hostage with a bailout vote.

  • Greece, the IMF & Money Friday, 4 Nov 2011 | 2:04 PM ET
    Greece, the IMF & Money

    CNBC's Steve Liesman has the details on Greece, the IMF, and how the country plans on getting financial relief.