Apple is considering the possibility to invest up to $ 1 billion in technology development fund SoftBank Vision Fund Japanese telecommunications company SoftBank, reports The Wall Street Journal, citing a source close to the situation.

Deutsche Bank is going to cut 9,000 jobs, including 4,000 in Germany, and close to 700 branches, as well as to cease its activities in Mexico.

According to Deutsche Welle, yesterday, CEO of Germany’s largest commercial bank, John Edge issued a letter to staff, which warned of the need for more austerity measures.

The ECB’s decision at the last meeting supported the expectations of weakening the euro to parity with the dollar.

The chances of such a scenario rose to 44% from 31% on December 7th, before the Fed meeting. The euro dipped to $ 1.0506 on December 5th, the lowest level since March 2015. In December 2002, the single currency was worth less than $ 1.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President of the European Council Donald Tusk announced a Sunday, October 30 meeting, which is expected to be signed the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union (CETA).

Analysts at ANZ explained that the past two months have been a remarkably stable period for markets, but the past few days have seen that tranquillity disrupted, with volatility spiking and risk appetite dented. Granted, moves haven’t been extraordinary, at least not on the scale of the some of the trading days we’ve experienced in the post-GFC world.

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said on Sunday he did not see Turkey joining the EU during his political career, adding that the bloc would not be in a position to take Turkey in even if Ankara met all the entry requirements tomorrow.

Turkey started talks about joining the European Union in 2005 but has made little progress despite an initial burst of reforms.

Many EU countries are wary about the possibility of the large, mainly Muslim country becoming a member of the bloc and Europe has long worried that Turkey’s anti-terrorism laws are used to quash dissent.

A crackdown since a failed July 15 coup in Turkey has fuelled tension between Ankara and Brussels.

“Even if you’re very optimistic about my political career, I certainly won’t see Turkey becoming a member of this EU,” Gabriel, 56, told a news conference on Sunday.

“With the state we’re in, we’re not even in a position to take in a city state,” said Gabriel, leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior coalition partner in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.

He said one logistical problem was Turkey’s large population, which stands at about 79 million according to the World Bank.

“How would that work in a European Union that is currently losing one of its most important member states, that has been rattled, that doesn’t know how it should reorganise itself?,” he added, referring to Britain’s recent vote to leave the bloc.

He said Turkey might instead, in the distant future, become a partner “in an outer ring” of a changed EU.

Earlier this month, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said his government could stop helping to stem the flow of refugees and migrants to Europe if Brussels failed to relax travel rules for Turks from October.

Visa-free access to the EU — the main reward for Ankara’s collaboration in choking off the influx of migrants — has been subject to delays due to a dispute over the anti-terrorism legislation, as well as the post-coup crackdown.

Gabriel said in an interview on Saturday that Merkel’s conservatives had “underestimated” the challenge of integrating record migrant arrivals. (with Reuters, AP)

Germany’s Christian-Democrat MEP Ingeborg Grassle has called on the European Union to impose “stronger rules for the disbursement of funds” to Poland, Hungary and other member states that refuse to comply with EU values.

The MEP said: “Countries that don’t respect EU laws, or countries that don’t participate enough in the resettlement of migrants or the registration of refugees, should be deprived of funds.”

As reported by the Daily Express, the vice-president of the European Parliament, Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, accused Poland and Hungary of flouting EU values.

He told German media: “The federal government must ensure, when the EU budget is reviewed this fall, that EU countries that are net recipients, such as Poland and Hungary, show more solidarity in the issue of refugees and also respect European values.”