EUROPEAN NEWS — BUSINESS

Press conference held at ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany

European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi (L) and Vice President Vitor Constancio (R) attend a press conference at the ECB headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, on Dec.14, 2017. The ECB Thursday decided to maintain the key interest rates for the euro area at present levels for an extended period of time, and well past the horizon of the net asset purchases.

According to statistics published Thursday by Eurostat, citizens in Malta made an above average number of online transactions in 2016.

Spain's consumer prices rose by 1.7 percent in November when compared with the same month of a year earlier, according to data of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) published by Spain's Statistical Office (INE) on Thursday.

Germany's economic boom will continue until at least 2020 according to several studies published independently by leading research institutions on Thursday.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) in Romania increased 17.7 percent on year to 4.10 billion euros (4.84 billion U.S. dollars) in the first 10 months of 2017, the central bank announced on Thursday in a release.

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