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

September 1, 2014

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

September 1, 2014

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

August 26, 2014

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

August 22, 2014
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

August 1, 2014

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. 

What now for Russian capital markets

What now for Russian capital markets?

August 1, 2014

Political tensions continue to dog Russia's capital markets. Following a difficult few months, the shoots of a recovery seemed to be appearing until the US imposed another round of sanctions on the country and a deadly attack on a commercial airliner flying over a disputed region of Ukraine sparked fresh hostilities, jeopardising the market's fragile rebound.

ECB leaves eastern Europe feeling stressed

July 1, 2014

Austrian banks are complaining that the eurozone stress test is biased against central and eastern Europe.

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Moldova CBG hitting the inflation target

July 1, 2014

Since taking office as governor of the National Bank of Moldova in 2009, Dorin Drăguţanu has implemented the country’s first inflation-targeting policy, has seen interest rates on loans and deposits decline and has welcomed amendments to the law on financial institutions. He speaks to The Banker about challenges surrounding transparency in the banking sector and economic implications of the Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Crackdown on opaque ownership of Moldovan banks

July 1, 2014

The problems faced by Moldova's banking sector are not performance related, but instead are deeply rooted in a lack of transparency in banks’ shareholder structures. After opaque shareholder changes in the country's two largest banks in 2013, authorities are working on a resolution.

Top 1000 World Banks – Sales bring changes in CEE but Russia still rules

June 30, 2014

Little has changed at the top of the central and eastern European ranking, where Russian lenders still dominate, but sales and takeovers have caused a reshuffle further down the ranking.

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