Latest articles from Western Europe

Auditor questions ECB’s framework for identifying failing banks

February 21, 2018

Auditors claim the European Central Bank has a number of flaws in the way it identifies banks that are failing or likely to fail. Although these are unlikely to seriously hinder a resolution, there are questions to be answered. By Justin Pugsley.

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AIB’s chief digital officer looks towards frictionless banking

February 1, 2018

Seamus Murphy, the chief digital officer at Allied Irish Banks, talks to Joy Macknight about delivering key enabling technologies, tooling and frameworks to speed up the bank’s digital transformation.

A ‘twin peaks’ vision for Europe

January 29, 2018

A two-pronged approach to financial oversight will be vital for the EU after the UK finally leaves, write Dirk Schoenmaker and Nicolas Véron of Brussels-based economic policy think tank Bruegel.

MiFID II’s soft launch leaves loose ends

January 23, 2018

MiFID II has been one of the most hotly anticipated pieces of European financial regulation. Its launch in January did not disrupt markets, but questions linger over whether it will meet its objectives. Justin Pugsley reports.

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Ewald Nowotny: the renaissance of central European banking

January 2, 2018

Austrian banks were early movers into central, eastern and south-eastern Europe. But the traditional Austrian-based parent companies with regional subsidiaries have transformed into modern, integrated entities that bring together staff and technology from across the region, to the benefit of all, says Österreichische Nationalbank governor Ewald Nowotny.

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Jean-Claude Trichet: central bank and the emergence of conceptual convergence

January 2, 2018

Following the financial crisis, major central banks had a remarkable convergence of approach and acted to avoid a meltdown. But global leveraging has not slowed and there is a risk of complacency in some quarters, warns the former ECB president.

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Will Germany reach an EU consensus?

January 2, 2018

From being an EU stalwart, Germany finds itself divided into supporters and sceptics, with long-serving chancellor Angela Merkel fighting to form a government that can keep the European project on track. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

Will Catalonia independence movement dent Spain’s economic recovery?

December 1, 2017

As Spain’s economy is forecast to outpace 2008 GDP growth for the first time since the eurozone crisis, its own constitutional problems are posing a risk to the upbeat projections, writes Stefanie Linhardt. 

London leads western Europe for financial services FDI despite Brexit

December 1, 2017

London is still the biggest lure for FDI, but western Europe has lost its appetite for expansion. Silvia Pavoni reports.

The ECB’s NPL proposal highlights the need for a rethink on regulation

November 27, 2017

The European Central Bank’s guidelines regarding non-performing loans are the result of an irregular process and mean more compliance headaches for banks, writes Giovanni Sabatini of the European Banking Federation.

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