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IMF, World Bank warn global cooperation may falter

October 2, 2009

World Bank Group President Robert Zoellick enters the room to give a speech about the political and economic impact of the global economic crisis, and its implications for development and globalization, in Washington September 28, 2009. Zoellick sounded a cautionary note about granting greater regulatory power to the U.S. Federal Reserve and said the Dollar's future will "depend heavily on U.S. choices," during a speech on Monday.   REUTERS/Molly Riley   (UNITED STATES POLITICS BUSINESS) By Lesley Wroughton
ISTANBUL, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank warned on Friday that the global economic recovery might falter if complacent policymakers lose their will to cooperate.

Russia has spent half of $480 billion crisis package

September 16, 2009

The Kremlin's top economic aide Arkady Dvorkovich talks to Reuters in Moscow September 15, 2009.  By Anastasia Onegina, Toni Vorobyova and Lidia Kelly
MOSCOW, Sept 16 (Reuters) – Russia has spent more than half of the 15 trillion roubles ($480 billion) it has allocated to fight the economic crisis that hit the country a year ago, according to Reuters calculations based on Kremlin documents.

UK, France, Germany urge G20 post-crisis plan, tougher regulation and tax measures

September 3, 2009

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) speaks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (C) at the start of a meeting in the Chancellery in Berlin, February 22, 2009. By Yann Le Guernigou
CALIGNY, France, Sept 3 (Reuters) – Britain, France and Germany called on the G20 on Thursday to discuss exiting measures implemented to tackle economic crisis, as well as limits on bank bonuses, at an upcoming summit in Pittsburgh.

G8: world economy may need more help, leaders mute currency debate

July 8, 2009

France's President Nicolas Sarkozy (L), U.S. President Barack Obama   By Darren Ennis and Krittivas Mukherjee
   L’AQUILA, Italy, July 8 (Reuters) – G8 leaders believe the world economy still faces “significant risks” and may need further help, according to summit draft documents that also reflect failure to agree climate change goals for 2050. (more…)

U.S. should be open to second stimulus – congressional leader

July 7, 2009

   By Susan Cornwell and Jeremy Pelofsky
   WASHINGTON, July 7 (Reuters) – U.S. leaders should be open to the possibility of a second stimulus package to jolt the economy out of a recession still causing job losses, House of Representatives Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said on Tuesday. But in the Senate, Majority Leader Harry Reid was more skeptical of the need for more stimulus spending — an idea which has rattled markets fearful that the economy is far from well and corporate earnings could suffer.  (more…)

Pope Benedict seeks “global authority” for economy

July 7, 2009

Pope Benedict      By Philip Pulella

      VATICAN CITY, July 7 (Reuters) – Pope Benedict called on Tuesday for a “world political authority” to manage the global economy and for more government regulation of national economies to pull the world out of the current crisis and avoid a repeat.  The pope made his call for a re-think of the way the world economy was run in a new encyclical which touched on a number of social issues but whose main connecting thread was how the current crisis has affected both rich and poor nations. (more…)

EU ministers agree on flexible bank capital rules

July 7, 2009

European Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia and Sweden's Finance Minister Anders Borg (R)    By Dave Graham and Marcin Grajewski
   BRUSSELS, July 7 (Reuters) – European Union finance ministers agreed in principle on Tuesday to make capital rules for banks more flexible to reduce their likelihood of worsening boom-and-bust cycles in the economy.  The ministers also raised doubts about a German proposal to relax temporarily the Basel II rules on capital requirements for banks to boost lending and accelerate a recovery from the worst economic crisis since World War Two. (more…)