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Thursday's headlines, Financials edition

European bank stocks slump to worst year since eurozone crisis Financial Times
Finland's Erkki Liikanen most likely to head ECB, say economists Financial Times

UK AND IRELAND

Peer-to-peer lending looks for fresh start as interest wanes Financial Times
Banks pushed to cleanse balance sheets of climate risk Financial Times
Collapse of ethical lenders stokes fears over credit access Financial Times
British business leaders' confidence sinks as Brexit looms – IoD Reuters
UK business confidence sinks to lowest in 18 months Financial Times
EU's Oettinger sees chance British parliament votes for Brexit deal in January Reuters

Royal Bank of Scotland Group
Santander and TSB fight with Monzo Bank and Starling for RBS SMEs Expansión

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

Mifid II: Commerzbank urges reform of new rules on securities transactions Handelsblatt

FRANCE AND BENELUX

EU's Oettinger urges France to push budget deficit below 3 percent from 2020 Reuters
Banks send staff to other sectors De Tijd

Ageas
Ageas closes the sale of its share in Cardif Lux Life L'Agefi

Groupe BPCE
BPCE will pay an exceptional bonus to its employees L'Agefi

La Banque Postale
La Banque Postale challenges ACPR sanction L'Agefi

SPAIN AND PORTUGAL

Spanish government finalizing plans ahead of a possible hard Brexit El País
The CNMV will no longer apply the ESMA guidelines regarding the use of the exemption as a market maker
Europa Press
The BOE publishes the new supervision requirements related to entities and investment managers Europa Press
Meet the banks that have joined the immediate interbank transfers Jornal Económico
CGD and BCP enter the new year with fewer investees Jornal De Negócios
Bankia and BBVA accelerate and gain ground in the fund business Expansión

Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria
BBVA sells a portfolio of doubtful assets of 1,490 million euros to a Canadian fund Europa Press
BBVA sells a portfolio of mortgages to the Canadian pension fund Expansión

Banco de Sabadell
Sabadell extinguished the agreement of its shareholding that reinforced its participation Expansión
Sabadell extinguishes the agreement of its shareholding that armored its participation before any threat Europa Press

Bankia
Spain postpones sale of its share in Bankia L'Agefi

Novo Banco
Novo Banco: 100 investors ask the BdP solution to compensate losses of 19 million euros Jornal Económico
Novo Banco leaves Madeira Free Zone Expresso

ITALY AND GREECE

Banca Carige
Carige in the hands of Modiano MF
Carige, double trip to the ECB. A ratio between the vertices and the Malacalza Il Sole 24 Ore
The financial restructuring of Banca Carige is blocked L'Agefi

Poste Italiane
Poste Italiane, Del Fante manages the team MF

EASTERN EUROPE

Martial law expires in Ukraine Reuters
Ukrainian minister calls for fresh sanctions on Russia Financial Times
Russia Considers Constitution Changes as Putin Faces Term Limits Bloomberg News
Kremlin does not rule out Putin attending Davos forum Reuters
Central Bank appointed an ombudsman for insurance disputes Vedomosti
Moscow Exchange likely to delay buying stake in KASE to 2019 Reuters
Russia, Belarus fail to agree on financial compensation for Minsk: Kremlin Reuters
Armenian government's debt service to need over $700 million in 2019 ArmBanks
Azerbaijan c.bank keeps refinancing rate unchanged at 9.75 pct Reuters

Bank Otkritie Financial Corp.
Due to Otkritie Bank, Utair's lenders have lost guarantees for 9 billion rubles Banki.ru

Sberbank of Russia
Sberbank has raised staff Kommersant
Sberbank named the main trends of the banking sector in 2018 Banki.ru

VTB Bank (Armenia)
VTB Bank (Armenia) and VivaCell-MTS announce new campaign ArmBanks

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