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Italy's borrowing rates skyrocketed during bond auctions Friday, temporarily battering stock markets in Europe as the continent's escalating debt crisis laid siege to the eurozone's third-largest economy.
Germany deflected calls for the European Central Bank to play a bigger role in solving Europe's debt crisis but won the backing of France and Italy to unite the troubled 17-nation eurozone more closely.
Legislators in Washington who are tempted to punt yet again this fall and not take the painful medicine needed to tame the government's spiraling debt might want to consider the fates of European political leaders who did the same thing in years past.
Jean-Claude Trichet, the euro's chief guardian, this month will leave the European Central Bank (ECB) in a very different place from when he took the helm in 2003, with a dramatically expanded role to fight the government debt crisis.
A senior European Union official on Wednesday called for closer political and financial unification on the Continent as fractures emerged among leaders on how to solve Greece's debt crisis.
Stocks rallied Thursday after central banks in Europe and the United States announced a joint move to support European banks. Markets in Europe soared, gold dropped, and Treasury yields rose as traders moved out of the safest investments.
The eurozone needs a "quantum" leap toward economic integration, the incoming chief of the European Central Bank said Monday, as the bond yields of countries with shaky finances, such as Greece and Italy, jumped amid increased investor tensions.
Stronger than expected U.S. jobs figures helped stocks rally Thursday and helped investors brush off interest rate increases in China and Europe.
There is no fool-proof way to prevent a repetition of the May 6, 2010, "flash crash," but measures being implemented by federal regulators should help insolate the markets from volatile price swings, the chief U.S. securities regulator said Wednesday.