Latest articles from Western Europe

CEE reels from Swiss franc exposure

CEE reels from Swiss franc exposure

As the Swiss National Bank removed its cap against the euro, the risk of borrowing in foreign currencies was made clear, as countries that had been busily borrowing in the Swiss franc reeled at the impact of its sudden appreciation. 

Eurozone meltdown

Eurozone meltdown: how can it be avoided?

As the need to resolve the eurozone crisis intensifies, member states seem to be moving further apart on key issues, including the architecture of the union and the terms of Greece's bail-out package. But while political rifts open up, many economists agree that the only way forward is by working towards greater economic integration. 

Philippe Mathieu

Quantitative easing helps Statoil break Scandinavian records

An innovative four-tranche bond for Norway's oil company Statoil set the standard for size and pricing thanks to supportive monetary policy conditions, even with lower oil prices.

Squeezing income: the impact of QE on interest income

QE teaser

Quantitative easing, the long-awaited European Central Bank initiative, has finally arrived. The programme might spell narrower interest margins for European banks, but Deutsche Bank and Rabobank have both managed to increase their net interest incomes. 

Splitting banks divides opinion in the EU

The European Parliament’s rapporteur is meeting stiff opposition to his idea of excluding market-making activities from bank structural reform.

Banker Opinion

The long and the short of capital markets union

There is little in the capital markets union proposals that will offer immediate economic benefit to the EU, but that does not make the project any less worthwhile.

Evaluating funding of Greek banks

Greek funding

The stand-off between Greece and the rest of the eurozone over the terms of the country’s bail-out raises uncertainty over local banks’ funding ability. With a troubling combination of low deposits and likely shortfalls in European Central Bank funding,The Banker looks at how they might cope. 

Brian Caplen

Germany shares responsibility for Greek failure

With Greece and Germany at stand off since the former elected the anti-austerity Syriza party to power, Brian Caplen looks at the actions of the Germans and the European Commission that led to this situation.

Belgian benchmark reaffirms core eurozone status

Belgian benchmark reaffirms core eurozone status

Launching the first eurozone sovereign benchmark bond of 2015 with a record low yield confirmed that Belgium has overcome the anxious investor perceptions at the height of the 2011 crisis.

Allianz fills the UK infrastructure funding gaps

Allianz fills the UK infrastructure funding gaps

The investment arm of the world's largest insurer, Allianz, is stepping up its efforts to arrange infrastructure financing deals in the UK for distribution to itself and other institutional investors.

Global Risk Regulator

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