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French minister knocks UK economy

French minister knocks UK economy | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

French Finance Minister Francois Baroin becomes the latest senior figure in Paris to criticise weaknesses in the British economy.

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Euro Approaches 11-Month Low against US dollar as Italy Borrowing Costs Rise

Euro Approaches 11-Month Low against US dollar as Italy Borrowing Costs Rise | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

The euro was about 0.3 percent from an 11-month low against the dollar as Italian borrowing costs rose at a debt auction and Spanish banks’ borrowings from the European Central Bank increased by the most in more than a year.

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Eurozone debt web: Who owes what to whom?

Eurozone debt web: Who owes what to whom? | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

Another great interactive graphic from the BBC showing the scale of foreign debt owed between key eurozone countries and the main world economies.

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Which do you prefer: a horrible end to the Euro, or endless horror?

Which do you prefer: a horrible end to the Euro, or endless horror? | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

While we are waiting for Mario and Merkozy plus, just a quick thought on one of the EMU break-up reports hitting my desk daily, and sometimes in twos and threes.

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Tesco plans for eurozone break-up

Tesco plans for eurozone break-up | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

Tesco is shifting its currency exposure, holding cash and refusing to sign long-term supply contracts in the face of the eurozone crisis.

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Ratings agency warns euro nations

Ratings agency warns euro nations | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

Ratings agency Standard and Poor's puts almost the entire eurozone, including Germany and France, on "credit watch" due to the debt crisis.

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Here comes a Franco-German Bloc: Sarkozy Calls For 'Refounding' Of Europe

Here comes a Franco-German Bloc: Sarkozy Calls For 'Refounding' Of Europe | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for greater integration between France and Germany to save the euro, including changing the terms of the 1999 Maastricht Treaty.

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Bank of England's dire warning over eurozone threat

Bank of England's dire warning over eurozone threat | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

Banks should prepare to withstand an "extraordinarily serious" climate, with the eurozone crisis the main worry, the Bank of England chief says.

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Here comes the cavalry! Fed saves Europe's banks as ECB stands pat

Here comes the cavalry! Fed saves Europe's banks as ECB stands pat | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

The Eurozone's banking and sovereign debt crisis  has become so dangerous for the world that the US Federal Reserve has been forced to take emergency action, acting as global lender of last resort to shore up Europe's banking system.

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America insists on speedy end to turmoil in eurozone

America insists on speedy end to turmoil in eurozone | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

Amid growing US impatience with European indecision, William Kennard, the American ambassador in Brussels, insisted on faster and more radical action.

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Spain's borrowing costs approach danger levels

Spain's borrowing costs approach danger levels | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

The cost of Spain's borrowing rises at its latest bond auction, on continued fears about the debt crisis in the eurozone.

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Eurozone faces 'systemic crisis'

Eurozone faces 'systemic crisis' | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso says the eurozone faces a "systemic crisis" that calls for deeper integration.

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Just when you thought things were getting better - IMF chief warns no country immune from crisis

Just when you thought things were getting better - IMF chief warns no country immune from crisis | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - No country is immune from an escalating euro zone crisis and each one must act to head off the risk of a global depression, the head of the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.IMF...

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The Danger of Systemic Collapse Is Far Greater Today Than at Almost Any Time Since the Debt Crisis Began

The Danger of Systemic Collapse Is Far Greater Today Than at Almost Any Time Since the Debt Crisis Began | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

The European Union is the biggest economy in the world — close to $15 trillion in GDP. When it sinks, so does the U.S. and much of the world.

European banks are roughly THREE times larger than U.S. banks. When they’re forced to cut their lending drastically, global capital shortages hit hard.

Most frightening of all, the U.S. has committed most of the same mistakes as Europe — the same kind of massive debts, deficits, and failed bailouts.

And now the European Union is crumbling, threatening a systemic collapse far larger than the near meltdown witnessed in the wake of the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008.

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Europe's great divorce

Europe's great divorce | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

So two decades to the day after the Maastricht Treaty was concluded, launching the process towards the single European currency, the EU's tectonic plates have slipped momentously along same the fault line that has always divided it—the English Channel.

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Central Banks Prep for Life After Euro

Central Banks Prep for Life After Euro | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

More evidence of the coming Euro dissolution?  Some central banks in Europe have started weighing contingency plans to prepare for the possibility that countries leave the euro zone or the currency union breaks apart entirely, according to people familiar with the matter.

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China warns over exports slowdown

China warns over exports slowdown | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

It was kind of inevitable: China warns of "severe challenges" to its exports due to falling demand in the US and Europe and will target developing markets.

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Is that the best they could do? Global Bank Action Sees Short-Lived Rally In Stocks

Is that the best they could do? Global Bank Action Sees Short-Lived Rally In Stocks | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

European markets have been trading flat on Thursday, after a brief but dramatic rally on Wednesday as the world's central banks took coordinated action to head off a fresh credit crunch.

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British banks could ask taxpayers for more cash as Credit Crunch Part Deux arrives

British banks could ask taxpayers for more cash as Credit Crunch Part Deux arrives | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

Sir Mervyn King, the Bank's Governor, confirmed that there are "signs of a credit crunch already in the euro area". Banks have been ordered to slash bonuses to staff and payments to shareholders to get their houses in order as a second credit crunch bears down on the
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Factories stall worldwide and U.S. jobless claims rise

Factories stall worldwide and U.S. jobless claims rise | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Manufacturing activity is contracting across Europe and most of Asia, data showed on Thursday, and a Chinese official declared that the world economy faces a worse situation than in 2008 when Lehman Brothers collapsed.

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Ireland demands debt relief, warns on EU treaties

Ireland demands debt relief, warns on EU treaties | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

Europe's plans for treaty changes to enforce fiscal discipline in the eurozone may fall foul of popular anger in Ireland unless the EU creditor states agree to share more of the pain.

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DEBT DEJA VU: Bank of England says market risks hit 2008 highs

DEBT DEJA VU: Bank of England says market risks hit 2008 highs | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

UK market participants see risks of major crisis at their highest since just
before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, with a eurozone break-up their top
worry, according to a Bank of England survey.

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Sir Mervyn King: Britain on the brink of second credit crunch

Sir Mervyn King: Britain on the brink of second credit crunch | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

Britain is on the brink of a second credit crunch, the Bank of England warned
as it slashed its growth forecasts for the economy and raised the prospect
of a double-dip recession.

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German and French economies grow

German and French economies grow | Countdown to Financial Armageddon | Scoop.it

Both the German and French economies recorded growth in the third quarter of the year, according to official data.

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