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Spanish banks on consolidation trail

March 1, 2021

Though the pandemic has not hit Spanish banks too hard, an uncertain future is leading many to seek mergers.

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Tourism slump deals Spain a body blow

March 1, 2021

Spain is reeling from a massive loss in tourism revenues, caused by the pandemic and ensuing severe lockdowns.

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Ireland channels Celtic Tiger to shake off crisis

March 1, 2021

A robust export-led economy has helped Ireland survive Covid-19 lockdowns, and shore it up against Brexit.


Irish banks seize digital opportunities despite setbacks

March 1, 2021

In response to Covid-19, Irish banks have offered customers payment breaks and upped their digital game.

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The ECB must choose the right technology for its digital euro

February 22, 2021

The right blockchain technology can protect users’ privacy while meeting oversight requirements.

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UK banks fret over operational risks related to negative interest rates

February 19, 2021

The threat of below zero rates rates continues to hover over the country’s banking system.

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Green research is post-Brexit London's best hope

February 17, 2021

Outside of the EU, London is right to focus on sustainable issues in the financial sector.

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Decentralised finance could revolutionise European markets

February 15, 2021

Digitalisation offers the best opportunity so far to create a fully-integrated EU market.

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Spain pushing ahead with post-pandemic reforms

February 12, 2021

Digital and green reforms are central to recovery plan, says economy minister Nadia Calviño.


New HMRC insolvency legislation could undermine banks

February 11, 2021

Crown preference rights allow the UK government to take insolvency payments before banks and unsecured creditors.

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