Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

Top Black Sea banks ranking, 2014: Asset quality risks rising

May 1, 2014

Several of the members of the Organisation of the Black Sea Economic Co-operation are facing rising asset impairment, but the reasons vary.

Polands banks take own paths to growth

Poland's banks take own paths to growth

April 17, 2014

Poland’s banks are all about growth in 2014. And while some prefer to grow organically, others are opting for mergers and acquisitions. However, a series of stress-tests and the fragmented nature of the country's banking environment means that some may face difficult hurdles in the coming months and years.

M&A – the missing piece of the regulatory puzzle

March 24, 2014

The regulation of the global financial sector should be extended to include intensive monitoring of merger and acquisition deals, which are a key source of instability.

Zoran Stavreski

Macedonia: big progress in a small country

March 24, 2014

Zoran Stavreski is Macedonia's deputy prime minister and minister of finance. Here he shares his views on his country’s economic outlook and prospects for EU membership with Brian Caplen.

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.

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