Europe's debt crisis has roiled financial markets and populations. But beyond nationwide strikes and gyrating markets, Europe has put its crisis to good use. Here are five trends that will ultimately strengthen the European Union and the euro currency.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with French President Nicolas Sarkozy today to coordinate a strategy for coping with Europe's expanding debt crisis.
Portugal and Ireland may follow Greece in asking for more financial help, which could drive up the cost of borrowing money across Europe and elsewhere.
Obama welcomes Chancellor Merkel on the first state visit of a European leader during his term. But tensions challenge the 'indispensable' alliance between the US and Germany.
Mexico's central bank chief Agustín Carstens faces an uphill battle against French frontrunner Christine Lagarde, who this week is lobbying India, China, and Egypt for support.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn, arrested in New York on sexual-assault charges, was considered a strong contender to become France's next president. Now his candidacy for the Socialist party is in serious doubt.
This week, debt felled another European leader as Portugal's prime minister resigned. But the euro currency did not tumble. That's a sign that Europe is finally getting on top of its debt crisis.
China has signed a number of trade deals throughout Europe that could boost struggling economies, but some Europeans have misgivings about the possibility of a financial lifeline from China.
Stock market news centers on the euro, which drifted back from a two-month high versus the dollar.