Draghi refuses to call end to ECB crisis measures Central bank extends QE until September 2018 but halves pace


(FT) – The European Central Bank confounded monetary hawks by extending its economic stimulus programme until at least September next year, pushing down the euro as investors digested Mario Draghi’s refusal to call the end to emergency crisis-era measures. Although the ECB announced its stimulative bond purchases will be halved to €30bn a month, the…

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UPDATE (SPAIN): Catalonia’s leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government


  Reuters – Catalonia’s leaders said on Saturday they would not accept direct rule imposed on the region by the Spanish government, as a political crisis that has rattled the economy and raised fears of prolonged unrest showed no signs of easing Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced earlier on Saturday he would invoke special…