Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Economic News , Data & Views ( February 16 , 2016 ) Europe In Focus ( 1. Ukraine Prime Minister Survives No Confidence Vote - Where does Ukraine Go from Here ? Split between President & Prime Minister on full display 2. Greece items de jour-political front and economic situation 3. France in focus - State of Emergency extended , Nicolas Sarkozy placed under formal investigation as part of probe into 2012 presidential campaign funding. 4. EU-UK Talks - Items of note. 5. Refugee Crisis Items. 6. Odds & Ends - ECB , Oil , Etc. . )




Europe In Focus ......




Ukraine situation fluid.....









Ukraine PM survives no-confidence vote: Ukraine's parliament rejects a no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Ar...





Ukraine Cabinet Risks Confidence Vote After Premier Reports - Bloomberg






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 calls on Cabinet of Ministers, Prosecutor General to resign.





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










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










Eight weeks after the election Spain is still without a government. Does it really matter?







Greece Updates......







My remarks to the press after meeting PM in Athens this morning: .










Migration problem, capital controls take toll on tourism bookings from Germany








Gov’t vows to stand firm in talks with lenders











Ahead of EU talks, Greece gets boost from hot spot progress, Tusk comments








Greek court throws out appeals against OLP and OLTH sales








The Visegrad States’ Posture on Europe’s Refugee Crisis Poses a Real Threat to Greece








Excluding from zone won't solve refugee crisis: EU's Tusk









Syriza-led Government Has Lost Legitimacy: What’s Next?









Four of Greece's five 'hotspot' migrant centres ready: minister














Farmers continue blockades







private sector sees net job departures of 9,954 in Jan.









MoF considers extending the number of income tax payment instalments from 3 (bimonthly) up to 10 (monthly) (via ).






France.......





extends with no hesitation. Despite human rights abuses due to considerable police powers









France extends state of emergency law. Here's why that's a bad idea









"Sarkozy has the right to presumption of innocence", tweets his main rival for centre-right presidential nomination.







- Nicolas Sarkozy placed under formal investigation as part of probe into 2012 presidential campaign funding.






EU-UK Talks .....






'No plan B,' says Juncker as Cameron holds crunch talks








Italy insists UK renegotiation should trigger broader discussion about future of €/EU integration. Others not keen.






Italian Europe Minister says "conditions are there" for UK-EU deal at this week.







Polish Europe Minister Szymański: UK-EU deal is steadily evolving in a direction more acceptable to us but still not final version








Refugee Crisis ......








: this one really says it all.....









Syrian refugees: Abandoned by the US, betrayed by Arab governments and shut out of Europe








Terrorism and refugee crisis mean big money for one security giant, and don’t they know it







Merkel pledges to promote EU-Turkey approach to refugee crisis










Many refugees facing eviction in France worked with British and American forces. by









Austria to step up border controls with Italy, Slovenia, Hungary







This brilliant map is debunking myths about the refugee crisis










So France has decided the political cost of accepting more refugees is worth demise of EU?








Odds & Ends........






















The market doesn't like a freeze -- neither has patience to wait for cuts. Brent down 9.5% from intraday peak



















Baltic Dry has hit fresh lows. But shipping index has become less reliable health indicator.











Balance sheet expansion on target. Total assets rose by €15.7bn to €2,828bn, highest since 2013 on QE programme

















| *NORWAY SAYS HASN'T PARTICIPATED IN TALKS ON OIL OUTPUT FREEZE