Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

Belarus central bank chairman seeks more stable times

April 27, 2015

The chairman of the board of the National Bank of Belarus, Pavel Kallaur, tells Courtney Fingar about his plans to stabilise the country's currency, as well as keep inflation under control while bringing down interest rates.

Mihály Varga

Hungary's minister of economy takes tentative steps towards economic stability

April 1, 2015

Hungary has enjoyed stronger economic growth than many of its European neighbours in recent years, but the country's minister of economy Mihály Varga is wary of taking this success for granted, insisting that the country's long-term outlook hinges on a number of external factors, from the recovery of the eurozone to a resolution of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Government lends Hungarian banking market a hand

Government lends Hungarian banking market a hand

April 1, 2015

Government intervention – both to tackle the country's problematic foreign exchange loans and stimulate new lending – has revived the Hungarian banking market. Now, the race is on for banks to return to profitability. 

How Azerbaijan kept up its economic ascent

March 10, 2015

For more than a decade, Azerbaijan’s economy has enjoyed unbridled growth. On the 15th anniversary of it becoming one of the Asian Development Bank's member states, The Banker takes an in-depth look at its success story.  

CEE reels from Swiss franc exposure

CEE reels from Swiss franc exposure

March 2, 2015

As the Swiss National Bank removed its cap against the euro, the risk of borrowing in foreign currencies was made clear, as countries that had been busily borrowing in the Swiss franc reeled at the impact of its sudden appreciation. 

Eurozone meltdown

Eurozone meltdown: how can it be avoided?

March 2, 2015

As the need to resolve the eurozone crisis intensifies, member states seem to be moving further apart on key issues, including the architecture of the union and the terms of Greece's bail-out package. But while political rifts open up, many economists agree that the only way forward is by working towards greater economic integration. 

The new kid on the euro bloc

Lithuania: the new kid on the euro bloc

February 2, 2015

Lithuania became the 19th country to adopt the euro as its currency in January, joining Baltic neighbours Latvia and Estonia. But what benefits can the country expect to see from this move?

Top 100 Russian banks ranking

Top 100 Russian banks ranking: Russia's troubles rumble on

January 28, 2015

Russia's banks endured a tough 2013, as shown by the results in The Banker's Top 100 ranking, with the picture only likely to get bleaker when the impact of a turbulent 2014 is known.

Lithuania prepares for life in the eurozone

January 5, 2015

From dealing with the knock-on effects of the US and EU sanctions on Russia to preparing for the adoption of the euro, Lithuania's finance minister Rimantas Šadžius has been kept busy this year. But, despite the headwinds, Lithuania has managed to record one of the highest GDP growth rates in Europe.

Russia walks a tightrope

January 5, 2015

A tumbling exchange rate and sharp interest rate hikes point to growing threats to Russia's financial stability in 2015, even though the central government's debt burden is very low.

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