Latest articles from Western Europe

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Luxembourg finance minister looks to retain fiscal attraction

August 1, 2017

Pierre Gramegna, finance minister of Luxembourg, talks to Stefanie Linhardt about what effect international tax reforms will have on his country, and the importance of maintaining links with London even after the UK’s departure from the EU.

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BIL chief hails Luxembourg's fintech finesse

August 1, 2017

Hugues Delcourt, CEO of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg, the country's oldest private banking group, talks to Danielle Myles about the opportunities posed by the country’s fintech boom and what the arrival of Chinese banks means for the domestic market. 

Italy still struggling with NPLs

August 1, 2017

Italy’s financial sector is still plagued by non-performing loans, and impairment charges and provisions are now hitting profits. Danielle Myles reports. 

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Citi EMEA chief positions for seamless Brexit

July 3, 2017

Having established a Dublin headquarters, Citi's Europe, Middle East and Africa operations are well prepared for Brexit. And a strategic overhaul four years ago tightened up its risk management, leaving it leaner and safer, as the US bank's EMEA head, Jim Cowles, tells Stefanie Linhardt.

The importance of a Brexit adaptation period and a capital markets union

July 3, 2017

BNY Mellon's Michael Cole-Fontayn calls for the financial community to unite in urging policy-makers to mitigate disruption during Brexit, and ensure the preservation of open financial markets.

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European Investment Bank president looks to stay at lending forefront

July 3, 2017

European Investment Bank president Werner Hoyer talks to Danielle Myles about Brexit, how guarantees maximise the use of the EU budget, and the race against time to create an infrastructure asset class.

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Andorra’s banks shake off BPA crisis hangover

July 3, 2017

Since the BPA money-laundering scandal in 2015, Andorra’s small banking system has made efforts to ensure transparency and attract business from high-net-worth individuals abroad. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Andorra’s economy defies double hit

July 3, 2017

After eight years of low growth sparked by the 2008 downturn and a money-laundering scandal, Andorra’s economy is finally showing signs of recovery. But while government investment to boost all-season tourism and greater bank transparency helps, more diversification is needed. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

Paris extends European lead for IFC assets

July 3, 2017

Paris remains the largest IFC in western Europe by assets, extending its lead over its rivals, as Silvia Pavoni reports.

Top 1000 World Banks - France defies gloomy western European figures

July 3, 2017

Western Europe is once again lagging other regions, with many banks reducing their capitalisation. The main exception were the French banks, which increased both capitalisation and profits. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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