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Top 100 central and eastern Europe EU banks ranking

Top 100 central and eastern Europe EU banks ranking: Tier 1 capital ebbs as dollar strengthens

May 1, 2016

Bulgarian lenders bucked the trend as Tier 1 capital contracted in most of central and eastern Europe, while Czech institutions retained their status as most profitable banks in the region.

Crisis in Greece: the credit impact on south-eastern Europe

July 13, 2015
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The turmoil in Greece is having an impact on financial markets throughout the eurozone, but this impact may be felt greater in its five neighbours where Greek banks have a particularly large presence: Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia.

Austrian banks’ profits in CEE hit all-time low

May 22, 2015
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For years, Austrian lenders Erste Bank and Raiffeisen Bank have enjoyed strong profits at their central and eastern European operations, but with growth in these economies slowing, more recent results suggest that they may need to rethink their strategies in the region.  

Top 100 CEE EU banks ranking

Top 100 CEE EU banks ranking: Poland and Czech Republic hold sway

April 30, 2015

Central and eastern European banks in the EU faced a sluggish 2013, but Poland led the region in terms of growth and the Czech Republic in terms of returns. Baltic banks are also starting to rise to the challenge.

Petar Chobanov

Bulgaria's outgoing finance minister rallies for reform

September 1, 2014

Petar Chobanov spent little more than a year as Bulgaria's finance minister before the government resigned and he had to step down from his post. He describes the reforms that he started during his tenure and explains why it is important for the new government to continue this work.

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. 

Boyko Borisov

Tough road ahead for Bulgaria's banks

May 1, 2013

The Bulgarian banking sector has not needed government assistance in the wake of the financial crisis, but its slow growth rates and high non-performing loans do not make an inspiring combination.

Rebuilding the Greek banking scene

January 3, 2013
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A series of mergers will change the shape of the Greek banking sector, with three dominant players pulling away from the pack.

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Bulgaria and Romania defy Eurozone woes

July 28, 2010

Greek banks control at least a fifth of the banking markets in Bulgaria and Romania but, despite this exposure to one of Europe's more troubled economies, bankers in the two countries believe there will still be a sufficient supply of credit to meet demand. Writer Philip Alexander

Long-term finance in troubled times

June 4, 2009

The importance of small regional development banks in emerging Europe has surged as credit ratings decline and global commercial banks cut back project and trade finance. Writer Philip Alexander

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