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A German tea party with a French pastry

Dec 7, 2011
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy lay out their plan for stricter budget controls for eurozone nations in an open letter to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy.
Posted In: Eurozone

Germany, France moot tougher EU budget rules

Dec 5, 2011
Merkel and Sarkozy propose amending the European Union treaty to impose budget discipline on spendthrift countries. Will markets be satisfied?
Posted In: Eurozone, Europe debt crisis

One giant step forward, two steps back

Dec 5, 2011
France and Germany are finally on the same page, both saying they want to modify the treaty that originally created the eurozone. A key element automatically penalizes countries if budget deficits run too high. Hence, the world of the day: Automaticity.
Posted In: Eurozone, treaty

Why does the EU want U.S. dollars?

Dec 2, 2011
Marketplace Money Senior Producer Paddy Hirsch explains why Europe needs dollars instead of euros as the EU tries to sort out its financial problems.
Posted In: EU, Eurozone, dollar, Europe debt crisis, European Central Bank

Ring-fencing Italy

Nov 29, 2011
There's been a lot of talk recently about the need to ring-fence certain economies in Europe. These aren't the economies that have defaulted or been bailed out; these are the economies that are too big to fail. Italy is the most glaring example.
Posted In: whiteboard, Europe debt crisis, Eurozone, italy

A doomsday scenario for the euro

Nov 29, 2011
What will happen to the global economy if the eurozone breaks up? A new book considers the options.
Posted In: Eurozone

Europe weighs greater fiscal consolidation

Nov 28, 2011
Eurozone countries are under pressure to consolidate their fiscal policies as a way to resolve their current debt crisis.
Posted In: Europe debt crisis, Eurozone

Why the world cares about European bond sales

Nov 28, 2011
The normally prosaic process in which European governments borrow money has become a daily test of their economic health.
Posted In: Eurozone, eurobond, bonds

Thinking the unthinkable -- a eurozone "divorce"

Nov 28, 2011
If the 17-member eurozone did break up -- either because of bond market pressure or irreconcilable differences -- what would the divorce look like?
Posted In: Eurozone

Is the euro's death approaching?

Nov 25, 2011
In yet another bad development in the eurozone debt crisis, Italy saw its borrowing costs skyrocket. And now a British regulator has called on U.K. banks to prepare for the possible disintegration of the euro.
Posted In: Eurozone, euro