Latest articles from Western Europe

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.

MiFID Christmas present threatens bond market hangover

A sweeping overhaul to EU rules on bond market transparency could aggravate a liquidity shortage in secondary trading.

Bjarni Benediktsson

Iceland finance minister seeks to continue on road to recovery

Iceland’s finance minister, Bjarni Benediktsson, talks about economic recovery, plans to stabilise the banking sector and why the country will not be joining the EU any time soon.  

Pier Carlo Padoan

How integration can help tackle deflation

With the eurozone flirting with deflation, solutions to this problem are urgently needed. One of them – the integration of markets and institutions – offers hope, according to Italy's minister of economy and finance, Pier Carlo Padoan.

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