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How Shock Waves Will Hit US If Greece Drops Euro

Bankers, governments and investors are starting to prepare for Greece to stop using the euro as its currency, a move that could spread turmoil throughout the global financial system. The worst-case scenario envisions governments defaulting on their debts, a run on European banks and a worldwide credit crunch reminiscent of the financial crisis in the fall of 2008.

Greek Default Sets Record: No Problem, Says Bernanke!

On Friday, Greece reached a deal to "restructure" its national debt downward by about $133 billion. That's the biggest sovereign restructuring in world history. But don't worry. According to Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, it's no big deal for the U.S.

Obama: Details Needed on Europe Bailout Plan

With much at stake for the U.S., President Barack Obama said Thursday that the most important task for world leaders gathered at an economic summit in France was to resolve the European financial crisis. The EU had taken important steps toward a solution, the president said, but "we're going to have to flesh out more of the details about how the plan will be fully and decisively implemented."

Sneaky European Tax Robs U.S. Businesses Blind

Value-added taxes are big revenue generators in Europe, but if you're not a local person or business, you're supposed to be able to get them refunded. Tell that to the almost 72% of companies spending money overseas that have had trouble getting their VAT refunds or the 21% that have been unable to reclaim any VAT at all.

European Regulators Raid Drugmakers in Collusion Probe

European antitrust officials raided drug makers including AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) as part of an investigation into possible collusion to keep cheap generic medicine off the shelves. The European Commission said it raided a "limited number" of pharmaceutical companies that may have obstructed the sale of generic medicines Bloomberg News said.

Unilever Gets Approval to Buy Sara Lee Unit

Unilever (UL) won approval from the European Union to buy Sara Lee Corp%u2019s (SLE) shower gel and European detergents business. Unilever agreed to sell off the Sanex deodorant and body-wash brands in the region as part of the deal, Bloomberg News reported. The sale allays competition worries about the 1.3 billion euro ($1.76 billion) deal, the European Commission said.

Euro-Zone Countries Should Be Ready to Cut Debt, ECB Says

Euro-zone countries should prepare to implement more measures aimed at cutting "excessive deficits" if economic growth disappoints, the European Central Bank said. The 16 members of the euro-zone should "be prepared to accelerate consolidation where necessary to correct their excessive deficits," the ECB said, according to The Wall Street Journal. "If previously overly optimistic macroeconomic forecasts fail to materialize, countries should swiftly adopt additional consolidation measures to ensure that commitments are fulfilled."