Latest articles from Western Europe

Turkey’s privatisation plans pick up pace

July 2, 2003

As Turkey works towards qualifying for European Union membership, its privatisation programme is moving forward, with profitable state enterprises opening up to foreign investment.

Good forecast in difficult climate

June 9, 2003

Finland’s banking sector is the most concentrated in the Nordic region and is tipped to grow faster than its neighbours. 

New EC law raises hackles

June 9, 2003

Susana Fernández Caro reports on negative responses to the European Commission’s draft legislation promoting ‘responsible lending’.

Getting Germany back on track

February 2, 2003

Rolf Breuer expands on how Europe's largest economy can regain sustained and vigorous economic growth.

Dynastic prince is not averse to risks

December 2, 2002

SEB chairman Jacob Wallenberg talks to Karina Robinson about family business Investor AB and about the many strategic ventures that SEB has tried out.

Milan's fashion for finance

November 2, 2002

Milan has always been a capital of style but it is now being recognised as Italy's financial centre. David Lane reports on the city's banking trends.

Battle for the benchmark

October 2, 2002

The fight to sell government euro bonds has never been fiercer. The French and Germans are battling it out for benchmark status while other eurozone countries are increasing liquidity and issuance size. Troubled equity markets make it all very attractive to investors.

Are Dresdner's days numbered?

September 2, 2002

All signs point to Allianz dismantling the once powerful Dresdner Bank, says Jan F Wagner in Frankfurt.

Paris aims for European supremacy

July 2, 2002

Six months after the launch of the euro, the finance markets of Paris are enjoying the success that it has brought. As Helena Frith Powell reports, the French capital has London firmly in its sights.

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