Europe In Focus ......
Ukraine situation fluid.....
Ukraine heads into the abyss http://www.politico.eu/article/ukraine-heads-into-the-abyss-petro-poroshenko-arseniy-yatsenyuk/ …
Ukraine PM survives no-confidence vote: Ukraine's parliament rejects a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Ar... http://bbc.in/1QGwh6s
Ukraine Cabinet Risks Confidence Vote After Premier Reports - Bloomberg http://bit.ly/1Sv5IH8
HEAD OF UKRAINE'S PRESIDENTIAL FACTION IN PARLIAMENT SAYS WILL ASK SPEAKER TO HOLD NO CONFIDENCE VOTE ON TUESDAY
UKRAINE PRESIDENT URGES PM YATSENYUK TO STEP DOWN: SPOKESMAN
BREAKING: President #Poroshenko calls on Cabinet of Ministers, Prosecutor General to resign. #Ukraine
Spanish political updates.......
So now (another) direct challenge to the Catalan government. What will Puigdemont and Romeva do next?
Esquerra statement says they've "asked for and failed to get a referendum" 18 times. "Hats off" to Podemos if they manage to get one.
Tardà (Esquerra) says he explained to Pedro Sánchez that there is no turning back on Catalan independence project.
Madrid security commissioner forced to seek refuge in bar to escape protesting police officers http://cort.as/c5SP
PSOE rejects Podemos proposals for increased public spending & Cat. indep referendum - but says its willing to meet
Holding a referendum in Catalonia indispensable for Podemos agreement with PSOE http://www.vilaweb.cat/noticies/holding-a-referendum-in-catalonia-indispensable-for-podemos-agreement-with-psoe/ …
Eight weeks after the election Spain is still without a government. Does it really matter? http://econ.trib.al/NdoauAz
My remarks to the press after meeting PM @atsipras in Athens this morning: http://ow.ly/Ynfto . #EUCO
Migration problem, capital controls take toll on tourism bookings from Germany http://dlvr.it/KWy4SC
Gov’t vows to stand firm in talks with lenders http://dlvr.it/KWycj3
Ahead of EU talks, Greece gets boost from hot spot progress, Tusk comments http://dlvr.it/KWycs7
Greek court throws out appeals against OLP and OLTH sales http://dlvr.it/KWwxcp
The Visegrad States’ Posture on Europe’s Refugee Crisis Poses a Real Threat to Greece http://dlvr.it/KWy5Kd #Greece
Four of Greece's five 'hotspot' migrant centres ready: minister http://f24.my/1omLVgM
Farmers continue blockades http://dlvr.it/KWmpN2
#Greece private sector sees net job departures of 9,954 in Jan. http://www.macropolis.gr/?i=portal.en.economy.3654&itemId=3654 … #economy
#Greece MoF considers extending the number of income tax payment instalments from 3 (bimonthly) up to 10 (monthly) (via @naftemporikigr).
#France extends #StateofEmergency with no hesitation. Despite human rights abuses due to considerable police powers http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2016/02/france-extends-state-emergency-late-160216194739343.html …
"Sarkozy has the right to presumption of innocence", tweets his main rival for centre-right presidential nomination.
#France - Nicolas Sarkozy placed under formal investigation as part of probe into 2012 presidential campaign funding.
EU-UK Talks .....
Italy insists UK renegotiation should trigger broader discussion about future of €/EU integration. Others not keen.
Polish Europe Minister Szymański: UK-EU deal is steadily evolving in a direction more acceptable to us but still not final version
Refugee Crisis ......
#RefugeeCrisis: this one really says it all.....
Syrian refugees: Abandoned by the US, betrayed by Arab governments and shut out of Europe http://ow.ly/Ynfvb
Terrorism and refugee crisis mean big money for one security giant, and don’t they know it http://ow.ly/YndYG
Merkel pledges to promote EU-Turkey approach to refugee crisis http://sabahdai.ly/ifN0fg
Many refugees facing eviction in France worked with British and American forces. http://interc.pt/217dyZd by @AlleenBrown
Austria to step up border controls with Italy, Slovenia, Hungary http://u.afp.com/Zert #refugeecrisis #migrationEU
This brilliant map is debunking myths about the refugee crisis http://i100.io/QCHsI8
So France has decided the political cost of accepting more refugees is worth demise of EU? http://bit.ly/2146rk8
Odds & Ends........
Inside the secret world of petro-diplomacy http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-02-16/secret-petro-diplomacy-starts-to-pay-off-in-echo-of-1999-shock … #oil #OPEC #Russia #SaudiArabia #Iran #Venezuela
Buba's Weidmann on collision course w/ Draghi over QE. QE has failed to prop up #inflation.
The #oil market doesn't like a freeze -- neither has patience to wait for cuts. Brent down 9.5% from intraday peak
Saudi-Russia oil deal is full of holes. http://www.breakingviews.com/21235476.article?h=12affb986a2be09f32cdd81ddf720090&s=2 …
Baltic Dry has hit fresh lows. But shipping index has become less reliable health indicator. http://www.breakingviews.com/21235478.article?h=4903861d153f8ae7bb621f1fe49aebd2&s=2 …
#ECB Balance sheet expansion on target. Total assets rose by €15.7bn to €2,828bn, highest since 2013 on QE programme
'Unfixed' Deutsche Bank Stock Slumps For 2nd Day http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-02-16/unfixed-deutsche-bank-stock-slumps-2nd-day …