US prepares new force to protect Red Sea ships after Houthi attacks


Norges Bank governor Ida Wolden Bache © Nils Stian Aasheim/Norges Bank

UK events: Foreign secretary Lord David Cameron makes his first appearance since his appointment before the House of Commons foreign affairs committee. Senior NHS doctors, known as consultants, face a deadline to vote on further strike action beyond their existing mandate, which expires on December 26.

Europe events: Elizabeth Rosenberg, US assistant secretary for terrorist financing and financial crimes, and Eric Van Nostrand, assistant secretary for economic policy, travel to Brussels to discuss enforcing a price cap on Russian oil exports. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán meets Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Budapest. Latvian foreign minister Krišjānis Kariņš visits Sweden.

Central banks: Bank of England deputy governor for monetary policy Ben Broadbent addresses the London Business School. European Central Bank officials attend a biennial conference, entitled “Fiscal Policy and EMU Governance”, in Frankfurt. Norges Bank governor Ida Wolden Bache and deputy governor Øystein Børsum deliver lectures to regional network staff.

Economic indicators: The Ifo business climate survey is released in Germany.

Corporate results: UK leisure group Hollywood Bowl provides full-year earnings.

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