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  • Greek Protests Turn Violent Ahead of Austerity Vote Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | 9:25 AM ET
    European Austerity Protest: Greece

    Tens of thousands of protesters rallied in front of the Greek parliament on Wednesday and there were isolated outbreaks of violence as a general strike shut down much of the country ahead of a vote on a painful new round of austerity measures.

  • Does Anything Look Good Right Now? Wednesday, 19 Oct 2011 | 3:41 AM ET
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    Optimism has been a rare commodity in financial markets in 2011, however, institutional investors don’t have the luxury of being able to place their cash under the bed.

  • Greeks Work Hard, So Why Is There a Debt Crisis? Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 11:42 AM ET
    Greek Red Cross workers demonstrate in front of the Greek Parliament the Greek Parliament on October 11, 2011. New strikes hit Greece on October 11 as the government finalized talks with its EU-IMF creditors on additional spending cuts to secure payment of a bankruptcy-saving loan. Civil servants blocked the entrance to several ministries, teachers and municipal staff walked out and a key refinery began a protest shutdown ahead of a general strike on October 18.

    Greece has been the butt of jokes throughout the financial crisis, and the implication is always the same: that the Greek people are lazy and don’t like to work.

  • Greek Debt Writedown of 100 Percent Needed: Analyst Tuesday, 18 Oct 2011 | 7:07 AM ET
    The Parthenon in Greece

    A 100 percent 'haircut' or write off of Greek debt would be needed to reduce Greece's debts to a manageable level, a senior analyst told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Heaped rubbish remains uncollected in Athens, Greece. Bin men have begun a strike with officials warning of a "health time bomb".

    Athenians are tensely bracing themselves for three key events his week in the ongoing tragedy that is the Greek debt crisis.

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    The euro was doomed from its inception and is the reason that Europe is in an appalling mess, an economist told CNBC Monday.

  • John Lipsky

    The risk of European recession still lingers over the continent, but euro zone policymakers are likely to introduce a package this month that's comprehensive enough to head off that scenario, according to an official at the International Monetary Fund.

  • Clock Ticks as Market Hopes for Euro Zone Plan Sunday, 16 Oct 2011 | 10:55 AM ET
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    Euro zone leaders are expected to come up with a substantive plan to solve the area’s crippling debt crisis by the time of the G20 leaders summit in Cannes on Nov. 3.  At the back of every investor’s mind is the thought that we could be setting ourselves up for a big fall.

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    The finance chiefs of the world's leading economies opened the door Saturday for the International Monetary Fund to play a bigger role in fighting the eurozone's escalating debt troubles.

  • G20 Debate: What Should IMF Do to Rescue Europe? Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | 4:38 PM ET
    France Finance minister Francois Baroin (R) poses next to US Finance minister Timothy Geithner (L) eyed by French central bank governor Christian Noyer on October 14, 2011 at the 'Cite de L'Architecture' in Paris, prior to a working dinner, on the first day of the G20 meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors.

    While finance ministers and central bankers at the G20 meeting in Paris desperately seek a solution to Europe's debt crisis, a separate debate has broken out over the IMF's role in any rescue package.

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

    The U.S. plans on being an active partner as efforts intensify to get Europe get back on its feet financially, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told CNBC.

  • Emerging Countries in Talks on IMF Boost Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | 10:04 AM ET
    IMF headquarters

    Emerging market countries are working on ways to contribute money rapidly to expand the effective firepower of the International Monetary Fund, with the aim of increasing its role in combating the eurozone sovereign debt crisis. The FT reports.

  • Italian PM Berlusconi Wins Key Confidence Vote Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | 8:53 AM ET
    Silvio Berlusconi

    Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi won a crucial vote of confidence on Friday, giving his struggling center-right government a new, but probably short, lease of life.

  • G20 Strains Cast Shadow Over Paris Friday, 14 Oct 2011 | 3:08 AM ET
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    Discord over the euro zone crisis, currencies and global economic governance threatens to overshadow the Group of 20 finance ministers meeting in Paris on Friday and Saturday, the FT reports.

  • Emerging Countries in Talks on IMF Boost Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 | 9:14 PM ET
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) headquarters building is seen in Washington, DC.

    Emerging market countries are working on ways to contribute money rapidly to expand the effective firepower of the International Monetary Fund, with the aim of increasing its role in combating the eurozone sovereign debt crisis. The FT reports.

  • Private Sector Must Take Bigger Greek Burden: Gurria Thursday, 13 Oct 2011 | 4:36 AM ET
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    The public sector has borne the brunt of the Greek bailout to date, and the private sector must start making a greater contribution, Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), told CNBC Thursday. The IMF, or International Monetary Fund, is an intergovernmental agency that works to keep exchange rates and the international system of payments stable.To help solve Europe's sovereign debt crisis, a special organization was set up in 2010 called the European Financial Stability Facility, or EFSF. So what is it and how does it work? CNBC explains.

  • EU Politicians Are 'Playing With Fire': Analysts Wednesday, 12 Oct 2011 | 7:08 AM ET

    Slovakia will most probably cave in to international pressure and vote for the expansion of the euro zone's bailout fund, but the previous rejection should serve as a lesson, analysts told CNBC.com Wednesday.

  • Still an Uphill Battle Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 11:31 AM ET
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    Women may be happy about the strides they’ve made in corporate America, but they’re hardly satisfied.

  • Spain

    Spain and Italy's debt was downgraded Friday by Fitch ratings agency, sending stocks lower and dealing another blow to Europe's efforts to resolve its credit crisis.

  • Pound Is Weighed Down, Aussie Lifts Thursday, 6 Oct 2011 | 7:47 AM ET
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    The Bank of England launches QE2 and the European Central Bank has everyone on tenterhooks - time for your FX Fix.