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WireTap 0900 06/02/12

A round-up of the key stories across the specialist financial media, including news that Glencore is to pay a larger premium than expected in its merger with Xstrata

Glencore to pay premium for Xstrata deal

Glencore is set to pay a larger-than-expected premium to seal its merger with Xstrata, a move designed to defuse concerns among Xstrata investors.

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China bans airlines from EU carbon scheme

China has banned domestic airlines from participating in the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme, which imposes charges to encourage airlines to reduce emissions.

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Europe leaders maintain pressure on Greece

Greek prime minister Lucas Papademos has struck a deal with party leaders to boost economic competitiveness and extend spending cuts after European leaders made clear that an increase in the €130 billion aid package was unlikely.

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Euro markets rebound on Draghi-Merkel policies

Indexes of Europe’s banks and financial conditions are at their highest since August, and money-market lending rates and bond yields are falling.

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EU might consider relaxing demands on banks for sovereign buffer

European bank regulators might discuss easing rules for lenders to hold capital against sovereign debt this week.

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