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Latvia finance minister looks to emerge from the shadows

January 3, 2017

Latvian finance minister Dana Reizniece-Ozola outlines to Stefanie Linhardt the government’s plans to tackle the shadow economy and devise a fair and sustainable mid-term tax strategy.

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.

CEE a growing market for private equity

Central and eastern Europe: a growing market for private equity

June 1, 2015

Private equity investment in central and eastern Europe could be set to increase as investors look to capture the region’s potential as its economies return to growth. 

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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.

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.

Andris Vilks

Finance minister brings Latvia in from the cold

July 1, 2013

The Banker’s Finance Minister of the Year for Europe 2013 won his award thanks to a successful and determined fiscal adjustment programme. He explains how moving early is now allowing Latvia to look beyond austerity.

The euro: a path worth taking

The euro: a path worth taking?

January 2, 2013

The eurozone's troubles of the past few years have meant that the headlines have been dominated by those countries deemed likely to leave the currency union. However, there are EU members that still wish to sign up to euro membership. The question is, why?

Latvia: Searching for a new path to economic growth

March 3, 2010

Flooded with Scandinavian liquidity during the boom years, Latvia has suffered the most severe bust in the EU and bankers are devising a new business model while clearing up the consequences of the old one. Writer Philip Alexander

Revival process: Volatile Times

May 5, 2009

Latvia has been the worst-hit of the three Baltic states following the global credit squeeze and economic slowdown. Bank of Latvia governor Ilmars Rimsevics tells Lara Williams how policy makers are responding to the challenges.

Latvia looks beyond the gloom: Volatile Times

May 5, 2009

While Latvia has not been immune to the effects of the global economic downturn, it is keenly positioned to attract investors into the country when things pick up, says Olyga Ertuganove, senior analyst at Latvijas Krãjbanka.

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