By MARTIN CRUTSINGER, AP
Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will confer with finance officials in Britain and Germany next week about ways to restore global confidence in the financial system.
The Treasury Department announced the trip Thursday after a rough day on global financial markets. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 376 points, its biggest point drop since February 2009.
In a statement, Treasury said that Geithner will "meet with European officials to discuss the economic situation in the region and the measures being taken to restore global confidence and financial stability and to promote global recovery."
Investors are concerned that the debt problems in countries like Greece and Portugal will spread across Europe and threaten to derail the economic recovery in the United States and elsewhere.