Latest articles from Western Europe

Professionalism in banking: time for a race to the top

Improvements in professional culture in banking must come from within, not just from regulatory pressure.

Sovereign debt weighs on Sweden’s banks


With capital now required for government bond holdings in Sweden, The Banker looks at the sovereign debt exposure at the country’s top four banks.


CaixaBank continues to defy Spanish banking gloom

CaixaBank is bucking the trend in the Spanish domestic banking sector, which is still suffering from a slow recovery from the crisis as well as political uncertainty. Technological investment, cost cutting, consolidation and reducing risk have been at the forefront of the bank's growth strategy.

How would the UK leaving the EU affect the country's banking landscape?


A look at how the UK leaving the EU could profoundly change the country's financial sector.   

UK banks have the largest exposure to emerging markets


UK banks have $878.2bn in claims on developing markets, making them vulnerable to a downturn. 

UK banks prepare for ringfence rule

The UK’s largest banks will soon find that most of their business has been placed outside the ringfence. 

Ranks of correspondent banks grow thinner

Correspondent banking remains an important channel for financial flows within the eurozone, but the market is becoming increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few institutions


End to PPI woes for banks?

Facing a possible 2018 for payment protection insurance complaints, the banks are looking to wrap-up a costly scandal.  


Carlo Messina: turning Intesa Sanpaolo around

After reporting the bank’s best half-year results, Intesa Sanpaolo’s chief executive Carlo Messina is upbeat about its future in Italy, thanks to booming wealth management and life insurance businesses, and growth opportunities in some of its central and eastern European subsidiaries.

Can snap elections bring much-needed stability to Turkey?

Turkey’s once mighty economic growth is slowing, as the country feels the impact of a hung parliament, geopolitical tensions in the region and the low oil price, leaving many hoping that snap elections called for November will bring with them some much needed stability.

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