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    French Socialist presidential hopeful Francois Hollande promised on Sunday to take tough measures to reduce the "dominance of finance", two days after France's top-notch triple-A credit rating was cut by agency Standard & Poor's.

  • Exclusive: Greek PM on the Euro Zone

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera sits down with Greek Prime Minister Lucas Papademos to discuss the country's ongoing negotiations with the private sector and Greece's place in the euro zone.

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    Standard & Poor's cut its ratings on nine European countries, including France, Spain and Italy. French and German officials played down the significance of the move.

  • St George's Flag & Houses of Parliament

    With Standard & Poor's cutting credit ratings for France and others, here's how to trade the changing landscape.

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    The European Financial Stability Facility may lose its top credit rating after the sovereign debt downgrades announced by Standard & Poor’s on Friday.

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    Most of the European countries should be rated triple-C and the U.S. "should not be a "triple-A-minus but a triple-B or junk bond when you really analyze the unfunded liabilities that will come due in future," investor Marc Faber told CNBC Friday.

  • Time to Buy Banks?

    Jacqueline Reeves, managing director, Bell Rock Capital, and Anton Schutz, Mendon Capital Advisors president & CIO, discuss whether it's worth taking a longer look at banks, particularly in light of the downgrade news coming out of Europe.

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    Standard & Poor's is expected to cut the credit ratings of Italy, Spain and Portugal by two notches and downgrade France and Austria by one notch, according to reports.

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    Standard & Poor's will cut the credit ratings of Italy, Spain and Portugal by two notches and downgrade France and Austria by one notch, a French newspaper said Friday.

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    In May 2010, the Eurozone crisis began with turmoil in Greece. In spring 2012, new turmoil in Greece will frame the end-game of the Eurozone itself.

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    British trade data disappoints and Fitch offers tough love for the euro - it's time for your FX Fix.

  • Europe Outlook for First Half

    Robin Bew, Chief Economist, The Economist Intelligence Unit says that he is still worried about the periphery of Europe, and believes France is at risk of a credit rating downgrade in the coming months.

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    UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank, is undergoing a trial by fire in the stock market, underscoring the challenges that European banks face in trying to right themselves. The New York Times reports.

  • When Will the Euro Zone Issue Joint Bond?

    The situation in Europe can get worse before European Union leaders announce a joint Euro bond and investors will be in an "unstable, difficult environment," Gary Jenkins, director at Swordfish Research, said.

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    The euro is getting pummeled, and the upcoming European Central Bank meeting is unlikely to change its course. 

  • Hungary

    Fitch became the third ratings agency to downgrade Hungary's debt to "junk" status on Friday, invoking further deterioration in the country's fiscal and external financing and growth outlook and the government's "unorthodox" economic policies.

  • European Central Bank (ECB) governing board member Christian Noyer said on Friday that sovereign debt issuances across Europe were going better since the start of an ECB 3-year liquidity operation for banks last month.

  • France

    France's bond auctions have been “reassuring” so far and the country will persuade investors that it is a safe place for their money, French Budget Minister Valerie Pecresse told CNBC in an interview Thursday.

  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy welcomes German Chancellor Angela Merkel prior to a working lunch at the Elysee Palace in Paris.

    Creating a stronger currency union will take time, and the two leaders should concentrate on putting out the immediate fire first, by finding ways to boost growth, analysts told CNBC.com.

  • Money in Motion: Euro

    Win Thin, head of emerging markets strategy at Brown Brothers Harriman, assess how low the euro can go.