Cyprus trucked out cash for its banks on Wednesday night to prepare them to reopen to a siege by anxious depositors, with tough controls imposed on the use of currency to avert a bank run as a result of its harsh rescue deal.
International financier George Soros has called for Germany to lead or leave the euro days before a crucial ruling on the Euro zone's bailout fund by Germany's constitutional court. Mr Soros argued that the euro zone should target 5% economic growth.
The world's leading economies worked to line up a deal in April on a second global rescue package worth nearly 2 trillion dollars to stop the Euro-zone sovereign debt crisis from spreading and putting at risk the tentative recovery.
Germany and France told Greece on Wednesday it should make up its mind by mid-December whether it wants to stay in the Euro zone when Greeks vote on a 130-billion-Euro bailout.
Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Nicolas Sarkozy are “determined” to implement the EU bailout plan for Greece. That was the outcome of an emergency phone call between the two chiefs of state ahead of a G20 summit Wednesday.
The European Union (EU)'s new bailout deal reached Thursday served a boost to global markets. China, as a major trade partner with the EU, welcomes its step to tackle the debt crisis and expects to enhance cooperation with the regional bloc for world economic recovery.
The German highest court suspended Friday a parliamentary committee's right to approve urgent actions by the Euro zone's bailout fund, potentially delaying decision-making in Europe's top economy on key moves to tackle the bloc's crisis
Brazil's government is encouraged by Europe's announcement of a plan to resolve the nagging debt crisis, though more details are needed on the proposal to determine its viability, Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega said Thursday.
The Euro zone's biggest bank Santander said it expected bad loans in Spain to keep on growing as Spaniards, blighted by unemployment and heavy mortgage debt, fall into arrears on payments.
Italy's cabinet failed on Tuesday to agree on pension reforms as the country seeks to re-launch its economy and tackle its debt. Meanwhile, financial markets nervously await the outcome of Wednesday's second Euro zone summit.