Germany

Obama Praises "Favorite Partner" Angela Merkel During Berlin Visit

Before heading to a NATO summit in Brussels where she would meet with President Donald Trump and a host of other world leaders, German Chancellor Angela Merkel indulged in an exercise of mutual praise with her “dear friend" former U.S. President Barack Obama as the pair appeared in public during a gathering at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate meant to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, the Associated Press reports.

Crispin Odey: "Why Do I Remain Stubbornly Bearish?"

"When it comes to markets, we have to watch for ‘the Minsky moment’. Minsky argued that periods of low volatility, presaged crises because they encouraged excessive risk taking. Well, we are into the risk taking. But this fund truly does not demand that the end of the world comes tomorrow."

ECB Warns Of "Excessive Exuberance" In House Prices; Sees Financial Instability Due To Higher Yields

In an unexpected two-part warning from the ECB, the European Central Bank warned of “excessive exuberance” in some European housing markets, driven by offshore buyers, that could spread to other areas in a “ripple effect.” Separately, the ECB also said "debt-sustainability concerns" have risen in the past six months amid a potential increase in yields and political uncertainty in some countries.

China Downgrade Forgotten As Asia Closes Higher, Futures Flat Ahead Of Fed Minutes

Not even last night's Moody's credit downgrade of China - the first since 1989 - could dent the global stock rally which has pushed global stock prices to all time highs. After initially sliding, regional stocks and emerging Asian currencies pared early losses following the unexpected downgrade of China, taking their cue from the "sudden reversal" of the Shanghai Composite Index, which some speculated saw the latest intervention of the "national team."

Cable Spikes As Germany Warns Brits "Will Learn Brexit Was A Mistake"

As Britain digs itself out from last night's disgusting terrost attack, amid the cessation of election campaigning, the Europeans are unafraid to step up the rhetoric, with German finmin Schaeuble exclaiming "the British will learn Brexit was a mistake." Sterling spiked on the threat...

Europe's Blinkered Leaders: Shielding Themselves From Reality Again

When the G7 heads of state arrive in Taormina, Sicily, for the G7 meeting on May 26, they will find themselves in an embellished, picture-postcard version of European reality. Italy, the host of the G7 meeting, has announced that it will close all harbors on the island to ships that arrive with migrants ( mainly from Libya) for the duration of the two-day meeting.

S&P Futs Near All Time High On Strong Euro Data; Oil Drops On Trump's SPR Sale Plans

S&P futures rose alongside European stocks as Asian shares posted modest declines. The euro set a new six-month high and European bourses rose as PMI data from Germany and France signaled that the ECB will have to tighten soon as Europe's recovery remains on track, with the German Ifo business confidence printing at the highest level on record, and hinting at a GDP print in the 5% range.

How Russia Became "Our Adversary" Again

"Post-Cold War Russia finally experienced too much brazen humiliation and betrayal at the hands of the U.S.-led West...and marshaled enough of still-intact natural and military resources and patriotic to challenge the American Empire’s hubristic claim to the right to rule Eurasia with impunity. 'What we say goes' hit a new wall of Russian dignity and power."

Russian Hackers Infected 1 Million Bank Customer Smartphones

Russian hacker used malware planted on more than a million Android smartphones to steal over 50 million roubles from domestic bank customers and were planning to target European lenders before their arrest, Reuters reports, noting that the entire group has been arrested.

FX Week Ahead: Highlights Include FOMC, BOC And OPEC

Politics dominate yet again, as focus on Comey testimony set to determine Trump and USD fate.  Fed minutes and OPEC meeting on the same day with the BoC thrown in!  EUR on the front foot and leading the pack as growth and inflation stats heighten tapering expectations, greenback flagging.