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National Bank of Poland president eyes Europe cautiously

October 1, 2014

While much of Europe has struggled over the past few years, the Polish economy has remained resilient, maintaining a sound banking system and hitting its inflation targets. This is why the president of the National Bank of Poland, Marek Belka, is remaining cautious on the topic of eurozone membership, and has no intention of opting into the European banking union.

Mugur Isărescu

Romania’s CBG eager to join European banking union

October 1, 2014

The governor of Romania's central bank explains why being part of the European banking union makes sense for the country, even if it is not yet ready to join up to the single currency regime.

Romanias slow progress

Chinks of light for Romania's financial landscape

October 1, 2014

The previously bleak economic picture in Romania is improving, and with it the performance of the country's banks. But high non-performing loan ratios, underdeveloped financial markets and a slump in the credit market are making it difficult for the country's lenders to pick up much momentum.

Regulators burst Turkeys consumer credit boom

Regulators burst Turkey's consumer credit boom

October 1, 2014

The Turkish banking sector is riding a wave of expansion thanks to the country's growing population, but regulation curbing consumer lending is hitting revenues hard, leaving banks looking for new avenues of growth.

Mehmet Şimşek

Turkey's finance minister pushes on with reform agenda

October 1, 2014

Turkey’s finance minister talks about the challenges facing the country's newly formed government after its first presidential elections, and the challenges posed by Turkey’s high current account deficit and inflation.

Turkey scales up its capital market ambition

October 1, 2014

Thanks to forward-thinking regulation, the Turkish capital market is one of the most innovative in the world but, in terms of volume, it is still relatively undeveloped. Can a government initiative to make Istanbul a leading international finance centre marry this world-class innovation with volumes that will see it compete with the likes of London and Dubai?

Petar Chobanov

Bulgaria's outgoing finance minister rallies for reform

September 1, 2014

Petar Chobanov spent little more than a year as Bulgaria's finance minister before the government resigned and he had to step down from his post. He describes the reforms that he started during his tenure and explains why it is important for the new government to continue this work.

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Top 250 EU banks ranking, 2014: A tale of two halves

September 1, 2014

This year's EU banks ranking shows how selective the region's economic recovery has been, with Greek and Spanish lenders edging into the black, while Italian, Irish, Portuguese, Slovenian and Cypriot institutions are continuing to struggle.

Bulgarian banks in limbo

Crisis leaves Bulgaria's banks in limbo

September 1, 2014

Bulgaria’s recent banking crisis and the resignation of its government have left its financial sector in a state of limbo awaiting elections in October. 

Streamlining Bank of Georgia

August 1, 2014

Bank of Georgia may be sitting comfortably as the largest bank in the eastern European country, but it is not resting on its laurels, with plans to divest some of its acquisitions to focus on its core banking business. 

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