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Austrian banks’ profits in CEE hit all-time low

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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.  

The top five Spanish banks

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As the Spanish banks are seeking to expand with acquisitions abroad, bolstered by recovery at home, The Banker assesses the local top five banks by Tier 1 capital. 

The top five UK banks

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With the UK general election being held on May 7, The Banker takes a look at the country's banking landscape, ranking the top five UK banks by Tier 1 capital.

Olivier Perquel

New-look Natixis plans to do more with less

Olivier Perquel, the head of financing and global markets at Natixis corporate and investment banking, explains how the revived bank will grow in a shrinking world.

Club Med takeover proves anything but restful for SocGen

Club Med takeover proves anything but restful for SocGen

A bidding war between Chinese and Italian entrepreneurs for France's iconic Club Med holiday resort operator provided a test of nerves for the bankers, and even led to a change in French law.

Turkey keeps calm amid surrounding chaos

Turkey keeps calm amid surrounding chaos

While conflict and economic instability rage all around Turkey, the country is providing an oasis of calm, with an economy set to grow by 3% to 4% in 2015, and a young, educated population proving a draw for investors.

Turkeys banks defy difficult conditions and continue growing

Turkey's banks defy difficult conditions and continue growing

The Turkish banking sector is in good health, although the country's lower economic growth, political developments at home and abroad, and the continued impact of financial regulation on retail banking are acting as a brake on growth and profits.

Basel trading book review: what’s the rush?

The Basel Committee’s fundamental review of the trading book is an immensely complicated task, and tight deadlines have the banks in a panic.

Chrystalla Georghadji

Cyprus reborn: CBG looks to a bright banking future

Restructured and recapitalised, the Cypriot banking sector has emerged from its recent crisis more resilient and far more stable, according to the country's central bank governor, Chrystalla Georghadji.

Portuguese banks weather the storm

Portuguese banks weather the storm

Portugal’s banks may be battling an economic downturn and the after-effects of the Banco Espírito Santo collapse, but they are still preparing for a return to profitability. 

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