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Buoyant Spanish banks finally look forward with optimism

May 2, 2017

As the Spanish economy ticks up, the country’s banks are feeling cautiously optimistic and confident enough to consider expansion, both at home and abroad, while ramping up their digital strategies. Jules Stewart reports.

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Cyprus finance minister keen to demonstrate progress to EBRD

May 2, 2017

As Cyprus prepares to host the EBRD's annual meeting, its finance minister, Harris Georgiades, tells Michael Imeson how the country has progressed from its EU/IMF bailout in 2013 to record a budget surplus and GDP growth higher than the eurozone average.

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Cyprus banks' reversal of fortune

May 2, 2017

Though Cyprus's banking sector is in a much healthier state than it was during the crisis years of 2012 and 2013, high NPL ratios and the country's negative interest rate environment are casting a shadow over its recovery, as Michael Imeson reports.

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EBRD president embraces fairer and greener vision of growth

May 2, 2017

As the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development prepares for its annual meeting in May, its president, Suma Chakrabarti, talks to Stefanie Linhardt about tackling global environmental challenges, hopes for the reunification of Cyprus and the possible impact of Brexit on EBRD financing.

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Turkish banks wait for stability

May 2, 2017

With last year’s failed coup followed by a radical change in powers for Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, uncertainty is the watchword for Turkish banks. With a tumbling currency and pressure to cut interest rates, their outlook looks set to remain challenging. David O’Byrne and Stefanie Linhardt report.

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Turkey’s TEB reaps online early-mover reward

May 2, 2017

As one of the first banks to venture into digital banking in Turkey, Turkiye Ekonomi Bank is enjoying the benefits of early investment, as Gökhan Mendi, senior assistant general manager, retail and private banking group, tells David O’Byrne.

Turkish vote could bode badly for banks

May 2, 2017

The outcome of the Turkish referendum to hand broader powers to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is causing ripples of worry regarding the country's banks.

Istanbul and Moscow lead emerging European IFCs

May 2, 2017

Istanbul attracted the most financial services FDI within the 'emerging Europe' region, while Moscow was the leader for outward FDI.

ECB pushes case for internal models

April 26, 2017

The European Central Bank is undertaking a major project to ensure the internal models used by eurozone banks work properly. A useful spin-off could be to tackle the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s scepticism over their use, as Justin Pugsley reports.

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Will Turkey's turbulence abate?

April 10, 2017

Following a stormy 2016 blighted by a failed coup and a spate of terror attacks, Turkey's weakened economy has shown signs of recovery. But with a divisive referendum campaign dominating the first months of 2017, questions about the recovery's resilience remain. David O'Byrne reports.

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