Top Headlines: Febuary 25th, 2016

Top Intel Officials: U.S. Faces Highest Terror Threat Level Since 9/11 (Washington Free Beacon)

Merging with the Germans: LSE and Deutsche Boerse to create world’s biggest stock exchange (Express)

Citi: Here Comes a Global Recession (Bloomberg)

China accounts for 90 per cent of world’s new billionaires as the number of super-rich swells globally (South China Morning Post)

China’s Silk Road Reaches Iran, Pushes Toward Europe (The Trumpet)

An Escalating War on Cash (Euro Pacific Capital)

Battle over Syria (III) (German Foreign Policy)

Iran accused by Israel of building terror network to strike U.S. and Europe (TruNews)

Russia Deploys to Mediterranean Large Fleet of Stealth Submarines (DEBKAfile)*

Russia reinforces Black Sea Fleet in Crimea with patrol boats and submarines (UNIAN)

EU policy chief warning of ‘hot war’ between Turkey and Russia (TruNews)

Pacific WAR looms as U.S. to steps up patrols near Chinese missile islands (Express)

Inside the Ring: U.S. Mulls Pledge on Disputed Philippines Outpost (Washington Free Beacon)

China ‘Clearly’ Militarizing South China Sea: Pacific Command Chief (DefenseTech)

‘A message to the US’: Chinese missile frigate enters service in East China Sea (South China Morning Post)

China Warns U.S. After Trump Wins Nevada (Money Morning)

Forbes: Putin’s newest satellite state (UNIAN)

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NYSE Euronext merger with Deutsche Boerse blocked by EU

Not only would it have controlled over 90% of the European derivatives market, it would’ve also have made Frankfurt the finance capital of the world.

NYSE Euronext’s proposed merger with Deutsche Boerse has been blocked by the EU on competition grounds.

The proposed deal would have created the world’s largest stock exchange operator.

However, the European Commission blocked the deal because it said it would have created a “near monopoly” in European financial derivatives.

The European Commission said the planned tie-up would have controlled more than 90% of global trade in European financial derivatives.

Full article: NYSE Euronext merger with Deutsche Boerse blocked by EU (BBC News)