Monday, February 20, 2017

Economic News , Data& Views.....February 20 , 2017..... Quick hits For Monday -1) Greece & Creditors Talks - Key Focus Points At Today's Eurogroup Meeting - Greece Agrees To Pre-Legislate Measures/ Reforms , IMF Still Waiting To Determine If It Will Participate In Greece Program As Important Issues Remain Unaddressed. 2) Russia's Ambassador To The UN - Vitaly Churkin Died Today Of Apparent Heart Related Medical Problems. 3) Le Pen's Party HQ Raided Earlier Today In Relation to Alleged Fake Parliament Assistant Job Controversy. 4) Brexit - House Of Lords Starts Debate , PM May In Attendance & Related Items Touching On Brexit. 5) US Politics - Pence Comments From Earlier Today , Trump Tweets , Political Developments To Consider For Today. 6) Libya Updates For February 20 , 2017. 7) Latest Information On Kim Jong-nam Murder Mystery.



Europe......


EG Meeting.....



IMF"We welcome Gr authorities progress to meet requirements of institutions in key areas on that basis we have agreed to send back mission"



IMF"More progress will be needed to bridge differences on other important issues"




IMF:it is too early to speculate about the prospect for reaching staff level agreement during this mission





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Thought Greece agreed today to pre-legislate measures ?




gov issues one of its famous "non papers" saying deal has been cut "without a euro more of austerity"





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Following agreement between gov't & institutions, mission chiefs expected to return to Athens on Feb 28, acc to official.




Greek gov has agreed to pre legislate measures opening the way for return to





Eurogroup’s Dijsselbloem: IMF Positon On Greece Remains Unchanged - RTRS





DIJSSELBLOEM SAYS IMF WILLING TO PARTICIPATE IN GREECE PROGRAM - IMF DEMANDS SUSTAINABLE DEBT - NEXT STEP WILL HAVE TO BE WITH IMF





Russian Ambassador passes away...





Russian Foreign Ministry confirms UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin died in New York a day before his 65th birthday.





Condolences coming in from fellow Security Council ambassadors:




Churkin had cardiac problems this morning and was taken to a NY hospital. Russian government confirms he died.




In his last years, he sparred regularly with Samantha Power over Syria and Ukraine.





Le Pen & French Election News.....







France: (ENF) and (NI) far ahead of (EPP) and (S&D) (Dedicated poll).







France: If would not run, would be strongest in first round (Dedicated poll).








France: (ENF) with seven point lead over and in first round of Presidential election (Opinion Way poll).








| MARINE LE PEN PARTY'S SPOKESMAN CONFIRMS POLICE RAID AT HQ - BBG




police searching National Front headquarters in relation to Le Pen's fake parliament assistant job - official






Marine Le Pen advances in French polls as security concerns sway voters








French 10Y Bund spread widest since August 2012 after Le Pen breaks 40% ceiling versus Macron and Fillon in polls for run-off vote







Ooh la la. French bonds are falling on Le Pen's lead in polls







Brexit.....














Remainers can seize the chance to shape Brexit - Janan Ganesh










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'Listen to the voters': William Hague hits out at Blair's 'rise up' call in debate








A 1st for the : Prime Minister Theresa May watches start of debate








Government must prove its resolve on Brexit by denouncing London Fisheries Convention in 6weeks - First Brexit Test!






wants to tie down UK's €60bn exit bill before beginning trade talks. /via /ht





US Politics....






Pres Trump just announced that Army strategist Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will be his new National Security Advisor.







Pence: "Rest assured, both the President and I strongly support a free and independent press."






Pence: "When the media gets it wrong ... President Trump will take his case straight to the American people to set the record straight."





Pence says the United States is "fully committed to NATO's noble mission."





HAPPY PRESIDENTS DAY - MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!




Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT!





My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on concerning immigrants & Sweden.






With coverage in peril and Obama gone, ObamaCare’s critics go quiet


House intelligence chair claims top Obama official leaking to media on Trump



Trump supporters see a successful president — and are frustrated with critics who don’t




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Mattis disagrees with Trump: No, I don’t consider the media the enemy




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Jim Mattis to Baghdad: “We’re not in Iraq to seize anybody’s oil”



Report: Trump’s lawyer hand-delivered Michael Flynn a secret plan to lift sanctions on Russia



Memos signed by DHS secretary describe sweeping new guidelines for deporting illegal immigrants




US lawmakers: Put North Korea back on terror-state list after assassination


Libya.....













In Brief






Salah in a statement calling for members to meet this week and discuss the based on the meeting and






2- That was followed the meeting of Saleh and Kobler in Alexandria yesterday






3- And that also synchronizes with today's formal invitation of the Tunisian Presidents for Hafter to visit Tunisia.





High State Council confirms "heavy shooting" @ Serraj-Swehli motorcade on motorway by armed groups based at Rixos & 2 guards injured







Head of PC Fayaz Sirraj, President of State Council Abdul-Rahman Sawaihli, Chief of Presidential Guard Nakoa are safe after firing incident







Violations of human rights are not the price we must pay to stop migrations.Increased migrations are the price we pay for violations of HR







PM of UN-backed govt. (Tripoli) says no peace deal made with Khalifa Haftar, chief of Tobruk-based govt army. Wants Russia mediation.









Odds & Ends.....






Malaysia summons North Korean ambassador, recalls envoy from Pyongyang as tensions mount over Kim Jong-nam killing









Kim Jong-nam murder: Japanese network releases CCTV footage of assassination of North Korean leader's half-brother








S. Korea's acting president condemns N. Korea for murder of Kim Jong-nam - Arirang News








Kim Jong-nam Murder: Jong-nam's son, Kim Han-sol, 21, is due to land at KLIA2 on an AirAsia flight tonight.










CCTV footage alleged to represent assassination of Kim Jong - nam...









Brains of the hit perhaps ? Certainly seems to have the background to conjure up a fast acting poison.....