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    Instead of a super tax hike from the super committee, a much better option for the economy and budget-cutting credibility would be to implement plan B, which is the automatic spending-cut trigger known as sequestration.

  • John Lipsky

    The European Central Bank (ECB) should not be used as a lender of last resort to national governments, John Lipsky, the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) First Deputy Managing Director, said on Friday.

  • Occupy protests in London

    Occupy London Stock Exchange demonstrators announced on Friday they had “repossessed” a building belonging to Swiss investment bank UBS in Hackney East London.

  • E.U. Flags

    The austerity measures being rolled out in countries across Europe will have a devastating effect on the living standards of its population, an economist told CNBC Friday.

  • ROME, ITALY - NOVEMBER 16:   New Italian Prime Minister-designate, Mario Monti, speaks during a press conference to present the new government, at Quirinale Palace, on November 16, 2011 in Rome, Italy. Following the resignation of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, after a political career spanning over 20 years, Prime Minister designate Mario Monti presents the new Italian government. Their main task is to resolve Italy's deepening financial crisis within the Eurozone and address the cou

    Analysts identified five main problems – among them, over-regulation and low productivity – the country needs to tackle to make its economy more competitive.

  • US President Barack Obama leaves the G20 Summit on November 3, 2011 in Cannes, France.

    Congress has sent President Barack Obama a bipartisan spending bill that averts a federal shutdown, but widespread Republican defections underscore rifts between the party's conservatives and pragmatists.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    Groucho Marx once said that money frees you from doing things you dislike. “Since I dislike doing nearly everything, money is handy,” said the Marx Brother.

  • Europe a Solution, Not a Problem: Spanish Politician

    "The solution for this crisis of the euro will be more economic governance at the European levels," Pedro Sanchez, the vice-president of the Spanish socialist party PSOE told CNBC ahead of difficult general elections. "Europe will never be the problem for the world or the member states, it will be the solution," he added.

  • Congressional Insider Trading

    Discussing insider trading on Capitol Hill, with Peter Schweizer, "Throw Them All Out" author.

  • Rick Perry speaks at the CNBC Republican Debate.

    How should you respond when suddenly, mid-sentence, your mind goes blank and you have your own Perry "Oops" moment? Here are three tips.

  • E.U.

    Stock markets have taken such a beating over the past few months that they are now more resilient to any upheavals, apart from a complete breakdown of the euro zone, an analyst told CNBC Thursday.

  • UBS headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.

    UBS suffered unauthorised trading on the Africa desk of its UK wealth management division in 2007 and initiated a root-and-branch review of its compliance procedures, a UK tribunal has heard, the FT reports.

  • Commodities Tomorrow

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

  • Defense Cuts Coming?

    With a week to go before the Super Committee's deadlines, defense is expected to take a big hit, reports CNBC's Jane Wells.

  • E.U.

    If the European Central Bank commits to a program to buy bonds from 'danger' states then the euro zone should stay intact, Patrick Armstrong, managing partner at Armstrong Investment Management, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Can Italy Survive Its Debt Crisis?

    Amb. Ronald Spogli, Former U.S. Ambassador To Italy & San Marino (2005-2009), discusses how the new Italian prime minister and new Italian head of the ECB are likely to work toward bringing Italy out of its current debt crisis.

  • London Financial District

    German frustration over Britain’s approach to the euro zone crisis erupted on Tuesday after a close ally of Angela Merkel accused the UK of selfishness just days before a meeting between the two countries’ leaders in Berlin, the FT reports.

  • 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.

  • Can Mario Monti Save Italy?

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera has the latest details on Italy's new PM, Mario Monti, and whether he'll be able to save his debt-ridden country, with Nile Gardiner, Heritage Foundation.

  • Commodities Tomorrow

    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.