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Addiko: turning around Hypo Alpe Adria

August 1, 2016

Much has been written about Austria's Heta, the ‘bad bank’ which took on the toxic assets of Hypo Alpe Adria. But what of Addiko, which was created from the good parts of its south-eastern European network? Stefanie Linhardt investigates.

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Walking away: anti-bank politics in eastern Europe

August 1, 2016

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, populist politicians in central and eastern Europe realised that struggling homeowners could be their new powerbase. Lenders are facing a potential onslaught of unwelcome government intervention in the banking sector, though there could be a silver lining. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Romania’s minister of public finance puts transparency first

August 1, 2016

With only a few months to go before the country’s elections, Romanian minister of public finance Anca Dana Dragu talks to Stefanie Linhardt about her ministry’s tax and infrastructure plans.

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Bucharest Stock Exchange: the quest for liquidity

August 1, 2016

Bucharest Stock Exchange lacks only liquidity to move from 'frontier' to 'emerging' market status. And, as Stefanie Linhardt discovers, a partnership with the pan-south-eastern European trading platform SEE Link could help the Romanian bourse get there.

New bill puts Romania’s mortgage lenders under pressure

July 20, 2016
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At the end of April, Romania’s parliament approved a bill allowing borrowers to walk away from their mortgage debts. The Banker looks at mortgage holdings of the largest banks in the country.  

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Outgoing Polish CBG urges successor to focus on stability

July 1, 2016

Poland’s outgoing central bank chief Marek Belka tells Stefanie Linhardt that maintaining banking stability will be the major issue for his replacement. 

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Otkritie FC Bank investment chief aims for further diversification

July 1, 2016

In two years, Otkritie FC Bank’s Konstantin Tserazov has transformed its investment business through a three-way split between its bond portfolio, repurchase agreements and derivatives. Now, he tells Stefanie Linhardt, he intends to diversify the Russia-focused bank even further.

Top 1000 World Banks – Russia survives rouble depreciation to retain CEE lead

June 29, 2016

Russian banks have suffered through the stormy financial conditions of the past two years, but its lenders remain the largest in the central and eastern Europe region. However, Romania, and Banca Transilvania in particular, provide the region's good news story.

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Gina Miller: the UK is stronger and safer in the EU

May 31, 2016

Gina Miller, the founder of SCMDirect.com and True and Fair Foundation, says that while there are issues that need to be resolved within the EU, the UK will not escape these problems by leaving the union. 

Slovenian banks return to profitability

May 5, 2016

 

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After five years of losses, the Slovenian banking sector is back in the black.

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