The European Central Bank (ECB) left its benchmark interest rate unchanged on Thursday and dropped any reference to a future rate cut. In a statement it said it expected interest rates to “remain at present levels for an extended period of time,” but added that it would be ready to extend its quantitative easing (QE) program if needed. Source CNBC
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The German government is considering scrapping a scheme that supports companies operating in Turkey. The move comes after reports surfaced that Turkey had issued a blacklist of German companies it accuses of supporting terrorism. Source Deutsche Welle
Turkey wants Israel to use its clout to push Cyprus into allowing a pipeline to pass through its waters so the region’s natural gas can be exported to Europe. Source: Bloomberg
China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Palestine on trade, infrastructure, human resources and capacity building to improve its economic development and people’s well-being, Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday. Source: China daily