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A historic year ahead for Croatia, as it gets set to join eurozone

July 29, 2022

Next year is gearing up to be an important one for Croatia’s economy after EU finance ministers gave the approval for Croatia’s membership of the eurozone.

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Croatian central bank looks to a eurozone future

July 29, 2022

With Croatia moving closer to joining the eurozone, the country’s banking sector is set to play a key role in managing the transition. Boris Vujčić, governor of the Croatian National Bank, talks to Kit Gillet about this key moment and the likely role of NextGenerationEU funds.

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Croatia’s banks to play key role in transition to eurozone

July 29, 2022

With Croatia set to join the eurozone in January 2023, the country’s banks are likely to play a significant role in the transition to the single currency.

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Croatian central bank governor talks down Agrokor impact

October 2, 2017

The restructuring of indebted retail giant Agrokor shook Croatia earlier in 2017, but central bank governor Boris Vujčić tells Stefanie Linhardt that the country's economy is still on course for growth, though some banks could take a hit on their profit sheets.

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Addiko: turning around Hypo Alpe Adria

August 1, 2016

Much has been written about Austria's Heta, the ‘bad bank’ which took on the toxic assets of Hypo Alpe Adria. But what of Addiko, which was created from the good parts of its south-eastern European network? Stefanie Linhardt investigates.

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Walking away: anti-bank politics in eastern Europe

August 1, 2016

In the aftermath of the global financial crisis, populist politicians in central and eastern Europe realised that struggling homeowners could be their new powerbase. Lenders are facing a potential onslaught of unwelcome government intervention in the banking sector, though there could be a silver lining. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

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Top 100 central and eastern Europe EU banks ranking: Tier 1 capital ebbs as dollar strengthens

May 1, 2016

Bulgarian lenders bucked the trend as Tier 1 capital contracted in most of central and eastern Europe, while Czech institutions retained their status as most profitable banks in the region.

Austrian banks’ profits in CEE hit all-time low

May 22, 2015
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For years, Austrian lenders Erste Bank and Raiffeisen Bank have enjoyed strong profits at their central and eastern European operations, but with growth in these economies slowing, more recent results suggest that they may need to rethink their strategies in the region.  

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Top 100 CEE EU banks ranking: Poland and Czech Republic hold sway

April 30, 2015

Central and eastern European banks in the EU faced a sluggish 2013, but Poland led the region in terms of growth and the Czech Republic in terms of returns. Baltic banks are also starting to rise to the challenge.

EU effect fails to ignite Croatia

EU effect fails to ignite Croatia

March 3, 2014

EU accession was meant to bolster Croatia’s economic prospects, but it is yet to have a positive effect on the country's flagging economy. Meanwhile, its banks are facing poor asset quality and a difficult operating environment.

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