In the wake of S&P debt downgrades, Merkel vows faster eurozone reforms.
European leaders promised on Saturday to speed up plans to strengthen spending rules and get a permanent bailout fund up and running as soon as possible, a day after U.S. agency S&P cut the ratings of several euro zone countries' creditworthiness.
With Japan's public debt about to hit 240% of GDP, Fitch Downgrades Japan's Sovereign Rating
The ratings agency Fitch on Tuesday lowered its assessment of Japan’s sovereign credit to A+, an investment grade just above the likes of Spain and Italy, and criticized Tokyo for not doing more to pare down its burgeoning debt.
ATHENS — Ratings agency Fitch upgraded its sovereign credit rating for Greece by one notch on Tuesday, citing the country’s progress in cutting its budget deficit and the receding risk of its eurozone exit.
After nearly crashing out of the euro last year and coming under attack for stalled reforms, Greece has won praise in recent months from its international lenders for getting back on track and pushing through unpopular austerity measures.
With Greece just three weeks away from the general election on Jan. 25, called after the country's politicians failed to elect a president at the end of December, Athens is firmly back in Europe's spotlight along with a serious discussion about whether Greece will remain in the euro.
Brussels (AFP) - Fears of a Greek euro exit have returned with a bang after Athens called early elections on Monday, but steps taken after the financial crisis should stop the rest of the currency zone imploding, analysts say.
Gold Surges As Greece Crashes - Eurozone Debt Crisis Part II Cometh Gold jumped 2.3 percent to a six-week high yesterday as sharp falls on stock markets globally led to renewed demand for gold as a haven.
European Banks At Risk Of Bail-Ins In 2015 - Moody's and S&P Warn Europe's banks are vulnerable in 2015 due to weak macroeconomic conditions, unfinished regulatory hurdles and the risk of bail-ins according to credit rating agencies.
In the past week, as I expected, the ECB, Troika, German officials and others have all warned Greeks to not vote for Alexis Tsipras and his radical-left party Syriza. The question is will it backfire.
I suggest it already has. The pertinent question is whether it backfire enough to matter.
Please consider Greeks rail against 'crude' German editorial.
A small dose of reality has set in for a group of European central bankers: Euro Officials Begin to Weigh Greek Exit as Euro Weakens.
Greece’s possible exit from the euro moved to the center of Europe’s financial-crisis debate, rattling markets as authorities in Athens struggled to form a government.