Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

Mapping Ukraine banking exposure

March 21, 2014
Ukraine banking exposure

Some western European banks have pulled out of Ukraine in recent years, but Russian players are among the most exposed to the country’s troubles.

EU effect fails to ignite Croatia

EU effect fails to ignite Croatia

March 3, 2014

EU accession was meant to bolster Croatia’s economic prospects, but it is yet to have a positive effect on the country's flagging economy. Meanwhile, its banks are facing poor asset quality and a difficult operating environment.

In the eurozone but not out of trouble

Latvia: in the eurozone but not out of trouble

February 3, 2014

With a deadline looming for the privatisation of state-owned Citadele, and the country's accession to the eurozone likely to squeeze profits in the banking sector, 2014 looks set to be a year of challenges for Latvia.

Front left: Damien Lamoril, Quentin L’Hélias, Alvaro Huete and Ignacio Blasco

Leveraged finance goes local for SG CIB in the Czech Republic

February 3, 2014

Société Générale CIB arranged a record large loan for PPF Group to buy out Telefonica's Czech subsidiary, and found plentiful liquidity in local currency.

Top 100 Russian banks ranking, 2014: Russia seeks to stay on solid ground

February 3, 2014

Russian bank profitability is healthy, but there are fears around asset quality in consumer banking, and the regulator is taking a tougher line on money laundering and liquidity problems.

Spotlight switches back to the debt burden in Ukraine

Spotlight switches back to the debt burden in Ukraine

January 2, 2014

Even if the Ukrainian government rides out popular protests against its decision to turn away from the EU, the sovereign and state gas company debt repayments due in 2014 will challenge its financial position.

Stanislaw Kluza

Banking union from the perspective of 'New Europe'

January 2, 2014

The rise of pan-European banking groups makes supervision at a European level appropriate. But crises still start locally, and local supervisors must retain adequate powers to act independently.

How much do Basel ratios reveal about European countries?

January 2, 2014

A new way of quantifying the effective management of sovereign debt shows eurozone economies in a new light.

Central Banker of the Year awards

Central Bank Governor of the Year 2014

January 2, 2014

The Banker’s Central Bank Governor of the Year awards celebrate the officials who managed to restore economic stability and even growth to their countries following a turbulent few years.

Russian consumer lenders maintain outperformance

December 20, 2013
Russian consumer lenders – return on assets

Competition and non-performing loans are rising among Russia's consumer lenders, but their profit performance is still well ahead of the rest of the Russian banking sector

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