Sunday, February 26, 2017

Economic News , Data & Views......February 26 , 2017...... Quick Hits For Sunday - 1) Europe In Focus - German Election Polling ( Ipsos & Emnid ) CDU/ CSU vs SPD Within Margin Of Error ; News Of Note Touching On Germany ; France In Focus : French Political Campaign Updates ; Terror Plot Foiled ; France ( Italy and Netherlands) Not So Keen On The EU ; UK In Focus : Brexit Related News ; Labour Still Spinning Copeland Debacle ; Unfortunate Vehicle Incident Injures Pedestrians in South East London ; Greece In Focus : Cyprus Talks ; Creditor Talks ; Domestic Economy ; Siemens Corruption Trial Delayed Once More. 2) US Politics : A Look Into Robert Mercer ; Russia Probe Updates ; Obamacare Repeal Pitfalls ; Trump Tweets ; Additional Items Of Note. 3) Odds & Ends - North Korean Murder Mystery Updates , Libya , Syria , Iraq & Additional Items Of Note Added As Day Goes By.



Germany, Ipsos poll: CDU/CSU-EPP: 32% ↓ SPD-S&D: 30% ↑ AfD-ENF: 12% LINKE-LEFT: 10% ↑ GRÜNE-G/EFA: 7% ↓ FDP-ALDE: 5%

Germany, Emnid poll: SPD-S&D: 32% ↓ CDU/CDU-EPP: 32% AfD-ENF: 9% LINKE-LEFT: 8% FDP-ALDE: 7% ↑ GRÜNE-GREEN: 7%

Good morning from Berlin. Chancellor Merkel's Union and Schulz's SPD are neck-and-neck in latest poll w/ 7mths to go before federal election

Neither Greece , IMF , EG talking about a debt haircut. So the German angst is just a political play. Imo.

One dead, two injured in Germany car attack

German lawmakers urge Turkey to free Die Welt journalist

Afghan deportation flight left from Germany half empty


Macron pushed to add substance to style....

French presidential candidate Macron to meet Merkel

The frontrunner for France's presidency weighs in on the incident in Houston airport. A border agent can cause global ripples.

If only bond traders would be more sceptical about . For one, he'd be a President without parl majority

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Two suspects charged in France over possible terror plot

No legal let up as French candidates face probes

| French Justice Minister Says No Reason to Suspend Probes - Bloomberg (citing JDD) -

Netherlands, Italy, France -- all have more negative perception of EU than UK.


Mercer now connected to Brexit......guess the Russian didn't do sway popular opinion there after all....

UK said to consider triggering Article 50 notification to European Council on March 15

All the things Shami Chakrabarti blamed for Labour's Copeland loss, in order

Third such incident in 24 hours - follows non terror incidents in Germany and New Orleans ( US .) Strange coincidence.

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No suggestion incident in which car hit pedestrians in south-east London was terrorism related, say

First EU head of state to publicly back to €60bn Brexit bill figure.

The EU had €153.7bn of assets in 2015. €41bn is relevant wealth. UK's share might offset part of bill:


likely needs fourth bailout, nobel economist Pissarides says.

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Anastasiades says Akinci had planned to leave talks beforehand

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Banks have been battered since 2015

ESM's Regling says EU institutions are working hard to keep IMF in Greece bailout talks

' Regling says the latest economic data [on 's primary surplus and GDP] will help fix differences between and the .

Disability benefits being confiscated from 'protected acounts'

Over-45s caught in the eye of the unemployment crisis

Trial over Siemens cash-for-contracts scandal postponed again

US Politics....

Who is Robert Mercer ? A dive into the man behind the scenes of Trump's political team .....

Sanders: Ellison ran impressive DNC chair campaign "playing inside the establishment's house"

Obama personally made calls to DNC members on behalf of Perez. If the difference between the two candidates was inconsequential, why bother?

No matter whether Ellison or Perez won , there were going to be Dems upset. Lots of time between now and mid term elections to heal wounds.

Five takeaways from the new EPA chief's emails

Trump might support probe into Yemen raid, White House says

Father of Navy SEAL killed in Yemen raid demands investigation into son's death

White House does not rule out sessions recusal for Russian probes....

GOP Senators embrace awkward Russia probe that could hurt Trump

Trump's job approval stands at just 44% as partisan splits reign, record low approval into Congressional address.

Trump budget plan will not cut Social Security, Medicare: Mnuchin

GOP Plan impacts - millions of people lose their health coverage, while states lose billions in federal funding.

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Presentation to govs in DC Saturday: Millions may lose their health coverage in Obamacare repeal

Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!

For first time the failing will take an ad (a bad one) to help save its failing reputation. Try reporting accurately & fairly!

The race for DNC Chairman was, of course, totally "rigged." Bernie's guy, like Bernie himself, never had a chance. Clinton demanded Perez!

Odds & Ends....

North Korea....

Kim Jong -nam died quickly after VX attack....

This agent prevents deactivation of neuro-transmitter,the muscle goes into permanent contraction. Doses were so high,affected heart, lungs..

Health minister tried to illustrate how VX nerve agent works when absorbed thru the skin ,it suppresses transmitters, causing contraction...

It's an eye opener ,says Msia Health minister .The deceased died of multiple organ failure, chemical absorbed rapidly,affected every organ

Selangor CPO revealed the apartment was rented by four North Korean suspects who fled the country immediately after incident on feb13

Additional information on Kim Jong - nam murder mystery....

Updates on Kim Jong - nam murder.....


Abu Saleem power station completely destroyed after clashes.

Tobruk airport closed because the Brega fuel depot had been blocked by young people demanding work.

News Roundup - Sun, Feb 26, 2017 - The Libya Observer

قرار المجلس الرئاسي لحكومة الوفاق الوطني رقم (191) لسنة 2017 بشأن تكليف رئيس جهاز حرس المنشآت النفطية
Translated from Arabic by 
Decision of the Presidential Council of the Government of national reconciliation (191) of 2017 on the head guard oil installations

How much longer can Haftar resist the pressure for a deal? - Much regional/international pressure on him to deal.

Haftar and his camp believe he is the strongest-link on the ground and wants that reflected in any deal involving him.

Investigation: arms for 's Ghwell with help from Italian opposition MP Tofalo (5 Star movement)

Spariodic gunfire heard in various parts of causing panic among residents. No details available yet

The threat remains - two soldiers killed in a suicide bombing in al-Hawari area of

Breaking News: Early this morning a car explosion results in the killing of two army members and the injury of four others.

Mahmoud al Warfali has been injured during the attack. Second car bomb this week in Benghazi against LNA. Still no claims for both attacks.

Heavy clashes near medical center, believed to be related to Hwaidi recent demotion as head of security directorate.

So No1 Force ( Haythem ) and No 8 ( Nawasi ) are the ones in the middle of and , PS: Haythem suported Ghenwa yesterday .

guys were not allowed to go back to thier camp . Due to the sensitivities that they might cause .


Abu Al-Khayr Al-Masri was killed today in a targeted drone attack. May Allah accept him.

Important: AQ operative Abū al-Khayr al-Masrī has been killed in a drone strike today in He approved the JaN split from al-Qaeda

HUGE news via source: Al-Qaeda deputy leader Abu al-Khayr al-Masri has been killed in a U.S drone strike near Al-Mastoumeh in .

REPORT: ‘Bloody and dire days’ in three Syrian provinces as rebel areas come under fire.

NEW MAP: continues its rapid advance in eastern Gov. and liberated the town of and sev. other places from .

Countryside- Situation update.

ISIS know that they had lost control of E.Aleppo Governorate.Under ISIS only 2 key mil.points-Deir Hafer &Jirah AB

East Aleppo front Feb.25 2017. take control Khirbat Kayar,Qasr Bureij,Mustariha &now in ~11km from lines HD:


Hashd leader said they have documents and film to prove US supplying IS in Tal Afar Beijing Speichet and Syria

Iraqi security analyst said Turkish not US planes were dropping supplies to IS in Tal Afar

Authorities bus out thousands of fleeing people from a district in

Battle for Mosul: Iraq forces in west aim for key bridge

The following is a tweet thread about developments of the battles in Mosul (1) of 15 Tweets ( key tweets below) ....

(2) Many indications point 2 escalation in battles' fierceness started 2 show 2day @ Al-Tayaran & Al-Jusaq, outskirts of the old of the city

(3) and the link to the administrative complex (The governarate, and the board of the government of Nainawq) at Al-Dawasa.

(5) ISIL wants to drag the Iraqi forces into fighting inside Al-Dawasa, Bab Al-Tub, and around the old city.


Terai region, parts of eastern UP ready for phase 5 polls on Monday

UP Polls: Mayawati corners SP over lawlessness, BJP over demonetization


Why PM Modi is waiting for the UP poll outcome to waive farmers' loans:

jacobinmag: For India’s poor, the cost of Prime Minister Modi’s demonetization policy is steep.

A Well-Kept Open Secret: Washington Is Behind India's Brutal Demonetization Project