Prime minister Mark Rutte is not optimistic that a solution can be found to the Dutch rejection of the EU’s treaty with Ukraine, news agency ANP said on Thursday. Speaking in Brussels ahead of the European summit, Rutte told reporters his pessimism about a deal ‘has only worsened’. Source Dutch News
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Italy’s plans to bail out two regional banks pose a tough dilemma to European regulators, who are still considering whether Monte dei Paschi qualifies for state aid, three months after giving a preliminary green light. Source Reuters
Catalonia’s regional parliament, which is dominated by parties that want the region to break away from Spain, approved Wednesday a 2017 budget that includes funding for an independence referendum. Source The Local
Catalonia’s separatist government on Sunday again urged Spain’s central government to let it hold a legal referendum on independence like the one Scotland staged in 2014 with London’s approval. Source the Local