Spain: Catalonia vote: 80% back independence – officials
An informal vote on independence for Catalonia has shown more than 80% in favour, officials say. The non-binding vote went ahead after Spain’s constitutional court ruled out holding a formal referendum in the autonomous north-eastern region. (Source: BBC)

China: China slowdown ‘not so scary’? Business leaders agree
China’s economic outlook is top of mind for global CEOs, but most are confident slowing growth will be well-managed and plan to pursue expansion plans in the mainland. (Source: CNBC)

Korea: China, South Korea ‘effectively’ conclude free trade deal
Chinese and South Korean leaders said on Monday the two countries have “effectively” concluded a free trade agreement that will remove or sharply reduce barriers to trade and investment between the two trading giants. (Source: Reuters).

Eurozone: ECB leaves door open for quantitative easing
ECB President Mario Draghi left the door open to quantitative easing. According to a Reuters report, the current ECB plan to buy private-sector assets may be insufficient and pressure for stronger action is likely to build next year. (Source: Reuters)

Russia: Russia Says Sanctions Hurting as Bank Moves to Defend Ruble
Russia’s financial guardians made their broadest acknowledgment yet that sanctions are sinking the economy, as the central bank moved to protect the ruble after the currency’s worst week in more than a decade. (Source: Bloomberg)

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