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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Will the Greek election reignite the eurozone crisis?

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Will the Greek election reignite the eurozone crisis?

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The Takeaway

Hope Fades in Ukraine as Conflict Intensifies

Friday, May 02, 2014

According to the Kremlin, all hope may be lost for an internationally negotiated deal in Ukraine. With national elections in just a few weeks, will Ukraine really be prepared to hold a free and fair vote?

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Crimea and a cash shortage take centre stage in Ukraine

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Crimea and a cash shortage take centre stage in Ukraine

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International Community Urges U.S. to Raise the Debt Ceiling

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Congress must act to raise the debt limit by Thursday or risk putting the federal government into default. The international community continues to ring the alarm over a U.S. default. Simon Johnson, the former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, explains what a default would mean for the world economy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Emerging Markets Unite!

Friday, March 29, 2013

The so-called BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa have indicated that they want to form a development bank of their own to rival the World Bank and IMF. Uri Dadush, director of Carnegie Center’s International Economics Program, discusses what the emerging-markets coalition would mean for the world economy. Plus: what the IMF's statement about energy subsidies means for development and the environment.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

What next for the Brics?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

What next for the Brics?

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The Takeaway

Is a Greek Debt Default Inevitable?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

The Greek Finance Ministry said talks resumed last night between the country and international leaders, on a way to loan cash to Greece by mid-October and save it from defaulting. U.S. and European markets have fallen as Greece's fate hangs in the balance, and many are wondering how a Greek default would impact the rest of the world. Yesterday, the IMF cut its projections for economic growth in America and Europe, largely because of uncertainty over the European debt crisis.

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The Takeaway

IMF Chief Warns of Global Consequences of US Default

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The looming threat of the U.S. defaulting on its debt has prompted many to discuss what the consequences might be here. But what happens to the rest of the world if the U.S. defaults? According to the International Monetary Fund, it will be a disaster. At a press conference yesterday, IMF chief Christine Lagarde called a U.S. default "a very, very, very serious event, not just for the U.S., but the global economy at large."

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It's A Free Country ®

Meet the IMF's New Leader: Dominique Lagarde

Thursday, July 07, 2011

She understands that Europe is the number one job for her to deal with right now, but she’s not going to get the support of the organization to deal with Europe unless she shows that she cares about the agenda of the rest of the world as well.

— Economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek Peter Coy, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

On Lagarde

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Economics editor for Bloomberg Businessweek, Peter Coy, will introduce us to Christine Lagarde, the new head of the IMF.

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The Takeaway

What's Next for Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

After weeks of fighting accusations of sexual assault against a hotel maid, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former head of the International Monetary Fund, is facing new allegations. Tristane Banon, a French novelist, is filing a criminal complaint against Strauss-Kahn for attempted rape in 2003. The statute of limitations for rape cases in France is 10 years. Will this case be negatively affected by the outcome of the first case? Or by the media’s attention?

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Have We Learned From the DSK Affair?

Friday, July 01, 2011

The case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is crumbling, even before it really got underway. The accuser, it seems, not only lacks the credibility to proceed, the allegations themselves appear to be caught up in misstatements and untruths.

So, what are the lessons of what will undoubtedly come to be known as The Strauss-Kahn Affair?

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The Takeaway

Strauss-Kahn Case On Verge of Collapse with Doubts about Accuser

Friday, July 01, 2011

In an exclusive story in The New York Times, investigators have serious doubts about the credibility of the housekeeper who accused the former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, of rape and sexual assault in a Manhattan hotel in May. Strauss-Kahn has stepped down from his position while the IMF investigates the charges, which he has consistently denied. According to law enforcement officials who spoke with Times, there are questions surrounding the asylum application of the housekeeper, as well possible links to criminal activities, including money laundering and drug dealing. It's likely that Strauss-Kahn's bail conditions will be eased and he could be released on his own recognizance as early as this morning.

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The Takeaway

Investigators Question Credibility of Strauss-Kahn's Accuser

Friday, July 01, 2011

The sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is possibly on the verge of collapse this morning, according to an article from our partner The New York Times. The Times reports that the maid—who accused Strauss-Kahn of sexually assaulting her at a Manhattan hotel in May—may have lied about her asylum application, and may have been involved in drug dealing and money laundering. Strauss-Kahn is headed to court this morning, where his legal team is expected to ask for his bail conditions to be relaxed. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: Christine Lagarde

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Earlier this week, French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde was officially selected to lead the International Monetary Fund. On this week’s first Backstory, Sophie Pedder, Paris Bureau Chief for the Economist, describes Lagarde’s political career in France, her track record as Finance Minister, and how she’s expected to run the IMF as economies across the world continue to struggle.

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Christine Lagarde Named New Head of IMF

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The International Monetary Fund has a new managing director. Her name is Christine Lagarde, and she is the first woman to head the IMF, taking over for Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Her reign begins with some obstacles, namely Greece on the brink of defaulting. 

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WNYC News

Financial 411: Is it Better to Rent, or Buy?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Home prices rose slightly in April. But is it better to rent or buy?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Backstory: The IMF

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The hunt is on for a new head of the International Monetary Fund as the organization still tries to manage both global economic troubles and sovereign debt crises. On today’s first Backstory segment, we’ll take a look at the history of the IMF, criticisms of it, and its difficult tasks in today’s economic climate. We’ll be joined by Simon Johnson, Professor of Entrepreneurship at MIT and former Chief Economist for the IMF.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

IMF post-DSK, Obama vs Israel, and Thai elections

Thursday, May 19, 2011

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WNYC News

Maid Accusing IMF Chief of Sexual Assault Staying 'Strong': Lawyer

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

The hotel maid who is accusing International Monetary Fund chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault is a "strong woman" who is going through a "very, very difficult time," her lawyer said Wednesday.

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