For All Who Celebrate Xmas - Merry XMA Greetings !
Let It Snow...
Merry Christmas from #Syria to everyone!
Dijsselbloem: Talks on short-term debt relief to resume http://dlvr.it/MyJwQ0
#ESM clears path for Greek short-term debt relief measures http://greekcrisisnotes.blogspot.com/2016/12/esm-clears-path-for-greek-short-term.html … #Greece #Eurogroup
Pappas says Schaeuble ‘never wanted Greek program to succeed’ http://dlvr.it/MyFjyq
CDU/CSU 36% SPD 21% -1 AfD 13% +1 Grüne 10% -1 Die Linke 10% FDP 6%
Germany, Civey poll: CDU/CSU-EPP: 34% SPD-S&D: 21% AfD-ENF: 14% GRÜNE-G/EFA: 11% LINKE-LEFT: 10% FDP-ALDE: 5%
Polizei gibt Entwarnung nach Feuer in Flüchtlingsunterkunft https://www.abendblatt.de/209076885?__pwh=cEhd7vh+KgNpJbYNHhQ72w== …
Suspicious fire burns down a refugee center in Hamburg...
Tunisian security forces arrest three for links to Berlin market attack suspect
The Wall Street Journal: Tunisia arrests 3 suspects of terror cell with link to Berlin attack http://dlvr.it/MyK2qz
#BREAKING: Victims of Berlin attack include 7 Germans, and Italian, Czech, Ukrainian, Israeli, Polish nationals
Interesting thread ( 1 of 19 in the string ) on Anis Amri - piecing things together about his background and flight after the Berlin attack.
The state steps in to rescue Monte dei Paschi di Siena http://www.economist.com/news/business-and-finance/21712491-troubled-bank-bows-inevitable?fsrc=rss …
Italian government approves bailout of Monte dei Paschi di Siena at late-night cabinet meeting in Rome.
Italy, Ipsos poll: PD-S&D: 30% M5S-EFDD: 30% ↓ FI-EPP: 13% ↑ LN-ENF: 12% FdI-NI: 5% NCD/UDC-EPP: 4% SEL-LEFT: 3%
France, Ipsos poll: Fillon (LR-EPP): 29% Le Pen (FN-ENF): 25% Macron (EM-NI): 18% Mélenchon (FG-LEFT): 14% Montebourg (PS-S&D): 7%
France, Ipsos poll: Fillon (LR-EPP): 27% Le Pen (FN-ENF): 24% Macron (EM-NI): 16% Mélenchon (FG-LEFT): 13% Bayrou (MoDem-ALDE): 7%
France to deploy nearly 100,000 police and soldiers over Christmas weekend http://dlvr.it/MxwBT3
Everything that changes in France from January 2017 http://dlvr.it/Mxvbnn
Saudi Arabia Planning to Sell 49% of Aramco, Eqtisadiah Reports
Global bonds have gained $316bn in value this week BUT I think it's more a pause than a major reversal after the bond bubble has popped.
Global stocks have lost $97bn this wk as post-election rally pauses. After animal spirits have risen, investors to wait hard data to follow.
Bitcoin extends rally that’s beaten all currencies as Chinese flocking to crypto currency as a refuge and #India seems to enter digit era.
WATCH: Obamas deliver final Christmas address http://hill.cm/hTJxHgp
Trump spokesman Jason Miller now says he is declining the job of White House communications director. http://cnn.it/2irQH9F
Trump team shuts down NY co-chair’s "reprehensible" remarks about Obamas http://hill.cm/WOhLHOv
Sessions complies with Senate request for more information ahead of Attorney General confirmation vote http://hill.cm/L3x8m70
Cruz: We won't give money to the U.N. until Israel decision reversed http://hill.cm/ywtc9vy
WaPo: Obama’s abstention at UN was “a dangerous parting shot” at Israel
Trump can't dissolve his foundation until investigation ends http://hill.cm/1GUhIMp
Rockettes will not be forced to perform at Trump inauguration
Kellyanne Conway is one of the few people in Trump’s world who can tell him no.
RCP's new series goes Behind the Cabinet. First up: @BankersPrez Rob Nichols of ABA talks about Treasury hurdles
Two cabinet positions remain to be filled and RCP is tracking the contenders
Odds & Ends.....
2 days after still.same: media doesn't report burnt soldiers, officials don't acknowledge & AKP talking heads claim it hoax &West conspiracy
Idlib city has been held since March 2015 by rebels led by Ahrar al-Sham and Fateh al-Sham Front.
Erdogan indicating next target after al Bab will be Manbij - then on to Raqqa...
West reaffirms support for Presidency Council “as the sole legitimate government of Libya”, says military mus ... - https://www.libyaherald.com/2016/12/24/west-reaffirms-support-for-presidency-council-as-the-sole-legitimate-government-of-libya-says-military-must-be-under-civilian-control/ …
Libyan economists call for dinar devaluation and fuel subsidy reductions - https://www.libyaherald.com/2016/12/23/libyan-economists-call-for-dinar-devaluation-and-fuel-subsidy-reductions/ …
India's Demonetization Is Causing Bitcoin To Surge Inside The Country http://www.forbes.com/sites/krnkashyap/2016/12/22/indias-demonetization-is-causing-bitcoin-to-surge-inside-the-country/#4bafb334738a …
Could a digital currency bring #Africa closer to #China? http://edition.cnn.com/2016/12/23/africa/bitcoin-startup-africa/ … #bitcoin