It may be challenging its role in new program, but Greek government has invited 11-person IMF mission to take part in negotiations 18-30 Jan
Ministry, prosecutors clash over use of 'illegal' lists http://dlvr.it/DBcRW8
Just 272 resettled after 4 months ? Who is the EU kidding here ?
Jordan confirms 12,000 Syrian refugees amassed at border http://bit.ly/1O90jiu
Politics around refugees in Germany about to get much sharper. http://bbc.in/1RoC9VR
Death toll has risen to 36 now...
WTI cracks , sports 35 handle.
Brent #oil trading at $36.50 a barrel -- the whole #Saudi #Iran rally evaporated (WTI flirting with the $36 level)
#Libya Analysis: #IslamicState Offensive Seizes Ben Jawad and Attacks Sidra Oil Terminal
Late-day pictures from Sidra (Es-Sider), #Libya's largest oil terminal. Two storage tanks are on fire.
(Minor) Correction to 01-04 January #Libya Update Map:
Political stupidity can be measured. Saudi's 5y default risk jumps as leaders have started worst clash since 1980s.
Catalonia's separatist leader #ArturMas admits he is 'ready' to call fresh elections http://bit.ly/1UtaAKh
Venezuela's Maduro plans to decree economic emergency http://tinyurl.com/z3v2s5e
EU reform: Sr. German politicians move to support Cameron curbing benefits for EU migrants in the UK http://gu.com/p/4fgnd/stw
#Japan | *KURODA: BOJ COULD DO ADDL EASING IF IT WAS NEEDED ...cos after 20 yrs of doing same thing...even moar of it clearly going to work
Morning Note: 1. Calm after market storm. 2. China plunge protection team at work. 3. ECB inflation headache
Good Morning from Berlin: Asian equities stabilize after China said to intervene to prop up stock market after slide
Just 10% of Greece’s 1million Jobless receives “unemployment allowance” http://goo.gl/fb/4lELCF
Greek gov spox insists proposal for pension reform foresees no cuts, even sees increases from 2018 http://www.ekathimerini.com/204796/article/ekathimerini/news/govt-spokeswoman-insists-pension-plan-foresees-no-cuts … #paralleluniverse
#EU Parliament chief visits the #Peshmerga front-lines http://rudaw.net/InPicturesStory.aspx?pageid=184284 …
Sunnis, Shiites locked in an endless conflict http://dw.com/p/1HXy7?tw
EU Commission to review Polish gov't actions on constitutional court and media – but no formal investigation yet http://openeurope.org.uk/daily-shakeup/bbc-cameron-to-give-ministers-free-rein-in-eu-referendum-campaign/#section-3 …
Britain’s aid spending far outstrips that of France and Germany http://openeurope.org.uk/daily-shakeup/bbc-cameron-to-give-ministers-free-rein-in-eu-referendum-campaign/#section-2 …
German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejects call by sister party to cap refugees at 200,000 http://openeurope.org.uk/daily-shakeup/bbc-cameron-to-give-ministers-free-rein-in-eu-referendum-campaign/#section-1 …
EU referendum: David Cameron gives ministers free vote http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12082083/EU-referendum-David-Cameron-gives-ministers-free-vote-live.html …
Cologne: German police hunt for group of up to 1,000 men 'of Arab and North African origin' over sex attacks http://dailym.ai/1MPLOhK
#Eurozone inflation numbers put pressure on #ECB as Dec CPI stuck close to Zero. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-05/euro-area-inflation-stuck-close-to-zero-may-add-pressure-on-ecb …
Civil lawsuit against VW will prove a costly affair http://dw.com/p/1HY0q?tw
Denmark border controls: Steinmeier warns on Schengen risks http://dw.com/p/1HXzO
*ZLOTY WEAKENS PAST 4.00/USD
Asia/ Emerging Nations .....
#China is ‘huge risk factor’ for global stability, Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade & Services BGA says
BARCLAYS SET TO CLOSE IB BUSINESSES IN SOUTH KOREA AND TAIWAN, OTHER COUNTRIES WILL ALSO BE AFFECTED - RTRS SOURCES
China fails to prop up stocks w/ big interventions. Shanghai Comp closes down 0.3%, Shenzhen Comp -1.9%, ChiNext -3%
Saudi showdown w/ #Iran puts strain on decades-old US ties and drives default probability up http://bloom.bg/1mC9m4f
#Japan's Nikkei closes down 0.4% at 18374.00 as #China fails to calm nerves w/ big market interventions.
PBOC injects $20bn to calm nervous investors BUT Offshore #China Yuan continues it's slide. http://on.wsj.com/1JUoShk
Another dramatic day in #China stocks. After a 3% gap down China said to intervene to prop up stock market and Yuan.