Weekend - Europe politics: Merkel poll, Finnish Eurosceptic, France Fillion
Deutsche Bank to raise 8 billion euros, plans major reorganization http://reut.rs/2mIgTTU
Deutsche Bank to raise capital, seeks to repair its balance sheet in wake of a €15bn legal bill incurred since 2012. http://reut.rs/2mTlcbI
This seems likely - but of course let's wait and see.
Fillon refuses to withdraw.....
Embattled French candidate Fillon to appear on Sunday evening news: RTRS
This might explain why Fillon decided not to withdraw - pretty massive turnout at his rally today !
The Latest: French candidate Fillon defies pressure to quit https://goo.gl/R0LuOd
Pressure mounts on France's Fillon as party heavyweights look to Juppe https://goo.gl/7g89bW
French conservative party chiefs to meet Monday over Fillon situation https://goo.gl/d3r2Br
France's Fillon does not say whether he will step down or not in rally speech http://reut.rs/2mHoSAi
HE DIDN'T SAY ANYTHING. FILLON SPOKE FOR OVER HALF AN HOUR AND WE THINK HE'S FIGHTING ON BUT IT'S UNCLEAR. GIVE ME MY TIME BACK, FRANCOIS.
French Presidential Candidate Fillon Cancels Radio Appearance Amid Jobs Scandal http://dlvr.it/NXv6mW
[FULL ENGLISH VERSION] Penelope Fillon : "I told François to go all the way" http://www.lejdd.fr/Politique/FULL-VERSION-Penelope-Fillon-I-told-Francois-to-go-all-the-way-852242#xtor=CS1-4 …
Republicans Juppe, Sarkozy Spoke on Ending Fillon Crisis: AFP
Senior French centrist urges Fillon to step down for Juppe http://reut.rs/2lss3Mf
Macron criticized as not being up to the task....
Is Russia interfering in the French election? One of Emmanuel Macron's aides claims so http://news.sky.com/story/is-russia-interfering-in-the-french-election-one-of-emmanuel-macrons-aides-claims-so-10790024 …
Présidentielle : Marine Le Pen critique une éventuelle candidature Juppé... http://www.1001portails.com/zzhjedfemd
Markets are beginning to "price in" Marine Le Pen's victory. Here's what that means http://bloom.bg/2mae0tu
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will be interviewed on "60 minutes"tomorrow on CBS.
France's Le Pen loses ground in poll after state employee comments http://reut.rs/2mQaLpi
Netherlands, peil.nl poll: VVD-ALDE: 16% PVV-ENF: 16% ↓ CDA-EPP: 14% GL-GREEN: 11% D66-ALDE: 11% SP-LEFT: 8%... http://fb.me/1Y7tAuv29
Dutch PM Mark Rutte warns of chaos if populist Geert Wilders wins the election http://bloom.bg/2lKrYP0
Dutch election 2017 odds: Will Geert Wilders win in the Netherlands? http://dlvr.it/NXbGn7
Next test of rise of populism will be parliamentary election in the Netherlands on 15 March. All you need to know... https://www.rbcinsight.com/CM/Share/ResearchViewer/?SSS_66B0EC083015C223C6ADA7ADD6BC50CA …
Hammond On Andrew Marr - Not Convinced of Big Brexit Bill
Hammond On Andrew Marr Show Discusses What If UK Doesn't Get EU Trade Deal ?
Clear Majority of Labour Members Still Support Corbyn: https://order-order.com/2017/03/05/clear-majority-labour-members-still-support-corbyn/ …
If first rule of rebuttal is not to repeat the charge, second is not to introduce the idea you've "never been caught" being a paedophile.
Brexit 'mood music' better, EU more pragmatic: Hammond http://reut.rs/2mTdNZX
Battle-hardened in Britain, May prepares for Brexit talks http://reut.rs/2mGG0Gx
UK needs financial reserves in the tank for Brexit: Hammond http://reut.rs/2mSIwGm
The OBR also revised up March deficit forecast for 2016/17 by £12bn in Autumns Statement. On Wednesday it will probably revise down by £12bn
In Nov. Autumn Statement OBR revised down its March 2.2% GDP growth forecast for 2017 to 1.4%. In Wed Budget it'll revise back to circa 2%.
Who was it that secretly said to Russian President, "Tell Vladimir that after the election I'll have more flexibility?" @foxandfriends
Is it true the DNC would not allow the FBI access to check server or other equipment after learning it was hacked? Can that be possible?
"I spoke with (Trump) twice yesterday about the wiretap story. I haven't seen him this pissed off in a long time."
Trump ally says the president vows he'll be "proven right" on wiretap claim http://hill.cm/5lLajt9
A phrase I keep hearing from Trump ally after Trump ally: "deep state." Growing belief inside WH that elements of I.C. aligned against them.
Trump woke up in good spirits, per his confidants. Read the papers and watched early cable shows, liked that they covered his allegations.
But the weekend rage continued a few hours later. Stay tuned.
House intel chief: Committee will investigate possible surveillance of campaigns as part of Russia probe http://hill.cm/T4zRpDP
Mr. Comey argued the highly charged claim is false & must be corrected, they said, but the department has not released any such statement.
Schumer: If Trump's wiretap claims are true, "it's even worse for the president" http://hill.cm/pKxRMgf
Rubio says special prosecutor not yet necessary for probe into Russian election involvement http://hill.cm/yzKvUwX
GOP lawmakers lead way in holding town halls
White House demands Congress investigate Trump’s wiretap claims http://hill.cm/Q73qPrw
Former Bush attorney general says he believes there was surveillance on Trump Tower http://hill.cm/AE53rcx
Sunday morning talking heads - There are no Trump surrogates booked for this morning’s shows as I write this on...
Trump raises questions about Obama's ties with Russia in early morning tweet http://hill.cm/cmJlA6O
Senate Intel committee Republican on Russia probe: "We're going to follow the facts wherever they lead us" http://hill.cm/nzie8Gw
Trump expected to sign new executive order on travel ban on Monday
White House asks Congress to probe whether Obama ordered wiretap, and if Obama abused executive powers in connection with 2016 election.
Trump seeks Congressional Inquiry , won't comment further on Trump wiretap claim....
Report: White House counsel seeking access to Trump wiretapping warrant — if one exists
VIDEO | After campaigning on the promise to repeal Obamacare for more than 6 years, can the GOP pull it off? http://ow.ly/q5rJ309yRO1
Will Trump lead the GOP on health care action? http://ow.ly/as7C309udzt
Odds & Ends
Russia considers resumption of work on Libyan railway -
LNA denies ground clashes near Derna, but admits air strikes -
#Libya 1,300 migrants cross to Sicily from Libya over weekend, 1 fatality (Reuters)
#Libya UN position on oil ports battle remains - March 3 - call for no further escalation + protection civilians + oil facilities.
PFG of PC to take over oil ports. But PC had nothing to do with the attacks this weekend ?
All LNA units involved in the fights against SDB and allies published by LNA AF. Interesting, supplies of SDB come from Tripoli acc.to intel
Looks like BDB + other allied forces looking to exert its military supremacy....
Libya’s Oil Output Said to Drop to 650k from 700k B/D on Port Closures
Sirte Operation Room (LNA) started an offensive to take the SDB position in oil crescent. Intensification of the airstrikes in Ras Lanuf
So pro Hafter/HoR Ops Room in western Libya announce they are ready to go to battle in reaction to BDB on oil crescent...
Tom Feneux @tomfeneux
SDB published pics about the clashes of today. A tank, a fuel truck, armored / armed vehicles, weapons & munitions have been seized to LNA.
Boycotting members of the HoR to the Political Dialogue, protesting over the attacks against the oil terminals, have increased to reach 73
Interesting report from a LNA officer, Ajdabiya OP room, released earlier today saying that the troops have NOT entered in Ras Lanuf city.
Agree with this analysis. In this conflicting *oil war* some reports stated that reinforcements from west have arrived in Jufrah district.
Analyst Wolfgang Pusztai:Benghazi Def Brigades(BDB):If Hafter fails to retake oil crescent it could weaken Hafter in east
Analyst Wolfgang Pusztai:Benghazi Defence Brigades(BDB): If Hafter/LNA retakes oil crescent may preempt future strikes by taking Jufra area
Unconfirmed: If Zintanis are taking part...it's very bad escalation & very bad news (I hope not - oil... http://fb.me/13qpbD4uG
Analyst Wolfgang Pusztai:Benghazi Defence Brigades(BDB): the military action will worsen relations bw Hafter & Misrata, HoR & Serraj/PC/GNA
BDB issue victory infograph of war booty, casualties, deaths & POWs after occupying oil crescent..
Sirte schools also reopen tomorrow on schedule - https://www.libyaherald.com/2017/03/04/sirte-schools-also-reopen-tomorrow-on-schedule/ …
Mosul, Death is our daily bread!
He and his daughter survived, but his Wife, other sons and daughters, parents, all are dead. Mosul
This is not a Hollywood's action movie, this is a car bomb detonated in Western Bank of Mosul Courtesy of @AFP
Update: Mosul Operation / West Bank
Green = Liberated Black = ISIL Control Red = active battles (clashes) 5/3/2017 – 12:00 PM
U.S.-backed Iraqi forces launch fresh push toward Mosul old city center http://reut.rs/2mSY0uf
More than 200k people have been displaced by the Mosul conflict http://aje.io/m6ld
#BREAKING Over 45,000 displaced by west Mosul fighting: IOM
Interesting video on how ISIS gets its VBIED through defensive measures....
#Iraq | Iraqi forces control most of 2 western #Mosul districts, pound Tal Afar http://www.iraqinews.com/iraq-war/iraqi-forces-control-2-western-mosul-districts-pound-tal-afar/ …
Our top stories today: Syrian pilot of downed plane found alive, Iraqi forces assault on #ISIS resumes, Pentagon favours arming SDF.