Congress Political Leaders

  • Demonstrators shout slogans against government's recent austerity economy measures during a protest in Athens.

    Thousands of Greek workers were expected to protest austerity cuts as part of annual May Day rallies on Tuesday, days before a national election that risks derailing an international bailout keeping Greece afloat.

  • Jobs: DNC vs. RNC Showdown

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on President Obama's stump speech to a trade union today, and debating whether the Keystone XL pipeline is the remedy for job creation, with Brad Woodhouse, Democratic National Committee and Sean Spicer, Republican National Committee.

  • House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., holds a copy of his budget proposal 'The Path to Prosperity' during a news conference on the FY2012 budget resolution on Tuesday, April 5, 2011.

    From catfish to Rage Against the Machine, Rep. Paul Ryan has become perhaps the most influential policy maker in the GOP, its de facto head of economic policy, The New York Times says.

  • European Union (EU) flags fly outside the the European Commission headquarters in Brussels.

    Consumer sentiment will remain weak across the euro zone as the region grapples with austerity, rising unemployment and the specter of recession—apart from Germany, where the economic fundamentals are underpinning a rise in consumer spending, Bob Parker told CNBC.

  • Spain

    Standard & Poor's (S&P) Ratings Services announced on Monday that it had lowered the credit rating of 16 Spanish banks. The downgrade came ahead of an announcement of Spain’s first quarter GDP figures, which showed the country had fallen back into recession.

  • Spain

    Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets of Spain’s capital on Sunday to protest against new austerity measures that will hit health and education benefits.

  • United States Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner

    Is Tim Geithner the most politically partisan treasury secretary in history? Certainly sounds like it these days. As the government’s chief financial officer, he’s spending a lot of time firing campaign barbs at various Republicans and their policies.

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    Spain will be downgraded further by credit agencies, the managing director of Roubini Global Economics said on Friday, because its balance sheet is so large that it can’t resolve its problems by spending cuts alone.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Will Gold, Silver Rally Last?

    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.

  • French Socialist Party (PS) candidate for the upcoming Presidential Election Francois Hollande addresses the audience during a campaign meeting at Le Bourget on January 22, 2012 in Paris, France.

    The front-runner for the French presidency, the Socialist candidate François Hollande, said on Wednesday that if elected he would ask other European leaders to renegotiate a fiscal treaty in order to promote growth, the New York Times reports.

  • Timothy Geithner

    Geithner expressed confidence in U.S. economy despite Europe's woes, slammed Mitt Romney's approach to China policy and dismissed as "remarkably hackish" a Romney adviser's critique of President Obama's tax policy.

  • Geithner on Global Economic Growth

    Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner discusses his support for President Obama's recovery efforts and shares his views on economic fixes, European austerity and China's economy.

  • Geithner: Hubbard Op-Ed 'Hackish Observation'

    CNBC's John Harwood discusses the details of his interview with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, who also addresses Romney advisor Glenn Hubbard's claims in a Wall Street Journal op-ed.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: FOMC & Gold

    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.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel

    With political allies weakened or ousted, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s seat at the head of the European table has become much less comfortable, as a reckoning with Germany’s insistence on lock-step austerity appears to have begun.

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    The flare up of the euro zone’s debt crisis now hitting the core of the region has taken a dangerous turn but there is still some positive news out there, Erik Nielsen, Global Chief Economist at UniCredit told CNBC.

  • Ron Paul on Presidential Politics

    Republican presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul discusses fixing the U.S. economy, fighting the Fed, Iran and foreign policy, and his plan to restore America.

  • Ron Paul on Gold Standard & Paper Money's Moral Hazard

    "I want a market economy," says GOP presidential candidate, Ron Paul discussing his thoughts on why America should go back to the gold standard; fixing the U.S. economy; and his fight with the Fed.

  • Ron Paul's Freedom Principles

    "You don't quit the race just because you're behind," says GOP presidential candidate, Rep. Ron Paul, (R-TX) discussing his plan to restore America and whether he will get enough delegates to win the nomination.

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    A couple of weeks ago European finance ministers attended an informal meeting in Copenhagen to sign off on one of the final components of the plan to deal with the debt crisis once and for all.