President Obama could unveil his decision on spying on foreign leaders and restricting NSA access to Americans' phone records as early as next week.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has fractured her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident, her spokesman said.
The French Finance Minister said there were "no problems" left on the table between euro zone finance ministers.
Andreas Kluth, Berlin bureau chief at The Economist, and Irwin Collier, professor of economics at Freie Universitaet Berlin, discuss Germany's "Grand Coalition" ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel being sworn in.
Europe is seeking to agree by year-end on how to close failing banks, part of an ambitious plan to create a single banking framework.
Dr. Jurgen Heraeus, chairman of the supervisory board of Heraeus, says that the European Central Bank's cheap money policy is "not good in the long run".
Tom Elliott, international investment strategist at DeVere Group, says the German coalition could produce more "consumption friendly policies" due to the influence of the SPD, helping to boost domestic consumption.
Carsten Nickel, senior vice president at Teneo Intelligence, says Germany has "crossed the first hurdle" on the way to a stable government after a coalition government was formed.
Thanos Papasavvas, fixed income and currencies strategist at Investec Asset Management, says the "continuity" German Chancellor Angela Merkel will bring to the euro zone is "key".
Former Spanish PM Jose Zapatero has said the problem with the euro zone is that its monetary policy was designed to aid Germany.
Gerstein Fisher president and CIO Gregg Fisher says it's time for investors to take their eyes off the U.S. market and look at other areas around the world. Investors are underweight in emerging markets, Fisher adds.
The union representing German journalists advised its members on Thursday to stop using Google and Yahoo because of reported snooping by U.S. and British intelligence.
President Barack Obama has been bumped off the top spot of Forbes' ranking of the world's most powerful people.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera follows Germany's uproar alleging the U.S. government taped Chancellor Angela Merkel's mobile phone; and reports Brazil will vote to require internet companies to store data in its country.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said reports of alleged US spying on the Allies shattered trust in the nation and undermined trade relationships.
The White House denied it tapped into German Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal phone. Michael Rubin, American Enterprise Institute, and radio show host John Batchelor, share their opinions.
CNBC's Eamon Javers reports the White House is denying reports the U.S. was spying on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal cell phone.
Barely a year after European leaders set out an ambitious vision for the euro zone's future, progress has all but stalled.
Carsten Nickel, senior vice president at Teneo Intelligence, expects a German coalition deal to be struck before the end of November as Merkel meets with both SPD and the Greens this week.
Christian Schulz, Senior Economist at Berenberg Bank discusses the talks between Angela Merkel's CDU party and the Green Party.