The United States Federal Reserve's final policy meeting of the year and a European Union summit will dominate the economic week ahead.
China concedes that it needs to work together with the EU to solve Europe's debt crisis.
At an SA-EU summit in the Kruger Park there are plenty of pachyderms outside, but Zimbabwe and Libya are the only elephants in the room itself.
The European Union and Japan agreed to start talks towards a multi-billion-euro free trade deallinking the world's third biggest economy to the globe'
Europe's quest to establish a more democratic regime came to a climax when Belgian Prime Minister Herman Van Rompuy was appointed as the top official.