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2011: goodbye and good riddance?

December 1, 2011

From sovereign debt woes to political brinkmanship and the swathe of new regulations hitting banks, the events of 2011 have reverberated across markets and around the world. There have been a few bright spots, not least the growing confidence of local currency debt markets, but overall it has been a gloomy year. Most believe the fate of 2012 lies in the hands of European policy-makers.

Azerbaijan, Huseynov, Faig

Profit slide brings changing landscape in Azerbaijan

November 1, 2011

Many of Azerbaijan's banks were hit by economic slowdown and falling real estate valuations in 2010, and there are signs that a significant shake-up of the sector is beginning.

ECFA agreement

Taiwan banks make slow progress in China

October 3, 2011

Political uncertainty and regulation has blighted the progress on the Economic Co-Operation Framework Agreement between Taiwan and China. Now, slowly but surely, agreements are finally being reached that should benefit Taiwan's banks and businesses.

Guy Verhofstadt

Guy Verhofstadt: EU members must pull in the same direction

September 1, 2011

The EU has lost its way. Only by reverting to its original intention – of pooled sovereignty with all members pulling in the same direction for the greater good – can it get begin to recover from the crisis that currently engulfs it.

Christine Lagarde, managing director, IMF

Is the IMF's European focus damaging its international credibility?

September 1, 2011

The International Monetary Fund is being called into question amid fears that it is short of the necessary resources to temper the eurozone crisis and accusations that the historically Eurocentric organisation is not reforming its voting system fast enough to embrace emerging economies.

Central banks in deep water

Liquidity measures land central banks in deep water

September 1, 2011

Emergency measures taken by the major central banks are widely credited for having a stabilising influence on the financial system and the economy. But there are growing concerns about the long-term impact of these measures.

Bogdan Dragoi

Romania's hard road to fiscal adjustment

August 1, 2011

Hit hard during the financial crisis, the Romanian government was the first in the EU to successfully complete an International Monetary Fund loan programme, without even needing to draw the whole loan. Secretary of state for finance Bogdan Dragoi explains his government’s strategy.

Nick Tesseyman, managing director of financial institutions, EBRD

Development banks stay in fashion in eastern Europe

June 30, 2011

Governments in central and eastern Europe can take heart from the fact that every economy in the region is forecast to grow in 2011. But the expanded role for development finance ushered in by the financial crisis is not being rolled back just yet.

Could eurozone crisis lead to a federal Europe?

June 30, 2011

With European politicians reluctant to lose face by breaking up the euro, the solution to the eurozone crisis will probably fall to Germany to pay up – in exchange for a federal Europe.

Bank of Ireland

Ireland takes first small steps on the long road to recovery

June 1, 2011

The chaos that ensued when the unprecedented economic mess that Ireland had found itself in has calmed, and the country's new government is beginning the unenviable task of repairing its financial system.

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