Latest articles from Western Europe

Getting eurozone deposit insurance right promises benefits

January 4, 2016

The knee-jerk reaction from Germany overlooks the potential benefits of an EU-wide deposit insurance scheme for the whole European banking system.

Clydesdale brings it back home

Clydesdale Bank brings it all back home

January 4, 2016

An initial public offering by Clydesdale Bank in February will see the lender – currently owned by National Australia Bank – independently managed from its home market of Scotland. This will, say its senior staff, help it to focus on its positions of strength, such as SME funding and agriculture.

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Tackling Europe's migrant crisis: a CEB view

January 4, 2016

If their integration into society is properly managed, the influx of migrants to Europe could be beneficial to the region's economy, argues Rolf Wenzel, governor of the Council of Europe Development Bank.

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Resilience, reform, confidence: the rise of a recovering Italy

January 4, 2016

Italy has weathered a severe economic storm over the past few years but, with the help of foreign investment, the country is now on track to regain its strength and competitiveness, writes Fabio Gallia, CEO of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti.

French banks diverging paths

French banks' diverging paths

January 4, 2016

That French banks have come through the crisis in relatively good shape is clear. So why can't analysts agree on their outlook as they front up to the changing regulation and the challenges of the digital age?

Can the EU come to an agreement on the capital markets union

Can the EU come to an agreement on the capital markets union?

January 4, 2016

While there is a lot of support for the creation of a single capital market in Europe, regulators, politicians and industry participants are struggling to agree on how best to harmonise rules and regulations across the 28 member states. 

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What will it take to turn European banking union rhetoric into reality?

January 4, 2016

The formation of a European banking union should have helped ease Greece's economic woes, but far from putting European banks on an even footing, the so-called union left Greece out in the cold, writes former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.

Chinese investors take aim at UK

Chinese investors take aim at UK

January 4, 2016

China's outward direct investment will outpace foreign direct investment in the country for the first time in 2015. Stefania Palma maps where this investment is going in the UK.

Capital markets union – a quick fix to Europe’s growth problems?

January 4, 2016

Strengthening EU equity and venture capital markets is a valuable idea, but its success will still depend on a change in investor attitudes and a reduction of sovereign risks.

UK buy-to-let lending nears pre-crisis peak

December 15, 2015
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Buy-to-let lending in Britain is now near its pre-crisis peak. Who is originating these mortgages? 

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