Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

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National Bank of Poland president eyes Europe cautiously

While much of Europe has struggled over the past few years, the Polish economy has remained resilient, maintaining a sound banking system and hitting its inflation targets. This is why the president of the National Bank of Poland, Marek Belka, is remaining cautious on the topic of eurozone membership, and has no intention of opting into the European banking union.

Carlo Messina

Why Europe needs a Comprehensive Assessment

The European – and indeed global – economy is facing a crucial six months. Central to this is the European Central Bank's Comprehensive Assessment, which will go a long way to boosting confidence within the EU.

Mugur Isărescu

Romania’s CBG eager to join European banking union

The governor of Romania's central bank explains why being part of the European banking union makes sense for the country, even if it is not yet ready to join up to the single currency regime.

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Chinks of light for Romania's financial landscape

The previously bleak economic picture in Romania is improving, and with it the performance of the country's banks. But high non-performing loan ratios, underdeveloped financial markets and a slump in the credit market are making it difficult for the country's lenders to pick up much momentum.

Petar Chobanov

Bulgaria's outgoing finance minister rallies for reform

Petar Chobanov spent little more than a year as Bulgaria's finance minister before the government resigned and he had to step down from his post. He describes the reforms that he started during his tenure and explains why it is important for the new government to continue this work.

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Top 250 EU banks ranking, 2014: A tale of two halves

This year's EU banks ranking shows how selective the region's economic recovery has been, with Greek and Spanish lenders edging into the black, while Italian, Irish, Portuguese, Slovenian and Cypriot institutions are continuing to struggle.

Bulgarian banks in limbo

Crisis leaves Bulgaria's banks in limbo

Bulgaria’s recent banking crisis and the resignation of its government have left its financial sector in a state of limbo awaiting elections in October. 

Russia sanctions bring new wave of compliance risks

The speed and scope of sanctions imposed on Russia since the start of the crisis in Ukraine have forced many companies to enhance their compliance infrastructure and rewrite contracts to restrict potential liabilities from sanctions breaches.

Espirito Santo crisis highlights continued struggle in periphery

Banking sector performance in crisis countries

The crisis at Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo has raised fresh doubts about the recovery of banks in the peripheral eurozone.

Streamlining Bank of Georgia

Bank of Georgia may be sitting comfortably as the largest bank in the eastern European country, but it is not resting on its laurels, with plans to divest some of its acquisitions to focus on its core banking business. 

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