Latest articles from Western Europe

Greece inches toward recovery

October 2, 2017

Capitalisation is a bright spot in the Greek banking sector, but asset quality and liquidity leave much to be desired. Danielle Myles looks at the data.

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Intesa Sanpaolo CEO’s strategy for growth

October 2, 2017

Carlo Messina, CEO of Italy’s biggest bank, Intesa Sanpaolo, talks to Brian Caplen about moving beyond restructuring into a new era of prioritising growth.

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Is technology enough to plug the SME financing gap?

October 2, 2017

Technology is revolutionising trade finance while facilitating lending to small businesses by tech giants such as PayPal, Amazon and Alibaba. But is this enough to fill the $1500bn global trade finance gap? Stefania Palma investigates.

Europe’s Single Resolution Mechanism is a recipe for instability

September 25, 2017

Recent bank bailouts show that the Single Resolution Mechanism is woefully inadequate, writes Jean Dermine, professor of banking and finance at graduate business school Insead. 

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ECM pipeline builds as Spanish confidence grows

September 1, 2017

Following the 2012 bailout of the Spanish banking system, investor trust in the country's financial institutions is on the up – giving a welcome boost to its equity capital markets. David Wigan reports.

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Yves Mersch: the case for keeping cash

September 1, 2017

In a digital age where financial institutions are trying to keep pace with the fintechs, there is still a case for cash, writes a member of the European Central Bank’s executive board.

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Turkey builds recovery on credit with an eye on elections

September 1, 2017

The Turkish government has launched a bold stimulus programme aimed at lifting the economy out of its slump ahead of coming elections, but at what long-term cost to the nation’s finances? Tom Stevenson reports.

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Bruno Le Maire: France is back in business

September 1, 2017

France embraced change at its recent presidential election, writes its minister for the economy and finance. Now Emmanuel Macron’s new government aims to transform the economy by reforming labour laws, cutting business taxes, boosting training and overhauling the pension system. It also has its eye on shaking up the EU.  

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Turkey’s banks under pressure to lead recovery

September 1, 2017

After 2016’s coup attempt in Turkey, president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has tightened his grip on power. While some banks say his economic stimulus programme has benefited them, others believe his interventions, such as calls for rate cuts, represent a political risk. Tom Stevenson reports.

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Gina Miller: why a Brexit extension is critical to the UK

September 1, 2017

Brexit is going to be at least as complex as accession to the EU was 40 odd years ago, yet the UK has not even decided what kind of Brexit it wants, says the founding partner of investment management firm SCM Direct, who is urging the government to request an immediate extension to the two-year framework.

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