In Germany, leading economists Marcel Fratzscher, president of the German Institute for Economic Research, has advised German companies to reconsider investing in the United States despite a renaissance in trade relations. The United States has become Germany’s biggest trade partner for the first time since 1961. Source: Handelsblatt
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Greece reported having some 149.1 tonnes of gold reserves at the end of 2016 amounting in the value of 5.26 billion euros. Almost half of that gold is kept in vaults abroad, and after a Greek newspaper reported that half of its gold reserves had been handed over to the ECB. Source: Greek Reporter
Top advisers to French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen have met with strategists and analysts from BlackRock Inc, Barclays Plc and UBS Group AG, among other firms to explain their economic program and plans to withdraw France from the euro. They have met with analysts from British and American financial institutions. Source: Bloomberg
Four European leaders have called for a European “Federal Union” to strengthen the relationship between states as Brussels approaches its first “divorce settlement” on its 60th anniversary. Representatives from lower parliament chambers in France, Italy, Germany and Luxembourg wrote a letter in La Stampa, an Italian newspaper. Source: Express.co.uk