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Walking away: anti-bank politics in eastern Europe

August 1, 2016

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, populist politicians in central and eastern Europe realised that struggling homeowners could be their new powerbase. Lenders are facing a potential onslaught of unwelcome government intervention in the banking sector, though there could be a silver lining. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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.

Polish banks face blow to profits

April 1, 2016

An influx of taxes on the Polish banking sector, increasingly levels of regulation and 2015's collapse of SK Bank are threatening to add up to a large bill for the country's banks – meaning that profits are under threat. 

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. 

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.

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National Bank of Poland president eyes Europe cautiously

October 1, 2014

While much of Europe has struggled over the past few years, the Polish economy has remained resilient, maintaining a sound banking system and hitting its inflation targets. This is why the president of the National Bank of Poland, Marek Belka, is remaining cautious on the topic of eurozone membership, and has no intention of opting into the European banking union.

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.

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.

Bonds come in from the cold in eastern Europe

Bonds come in from the cold in eastern Europe

March 1, 2013

Although foreign banks may be reining in finance for their subsidiaries in central and eastern Europe, any transition to local currency bond financing looks likely to be gradual.

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