Latest articles from Western Europe

Turkish vote could bode badly for banks

May 2, 2017

The outcome of the Turkish referendum to hand broader powers to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is causing ripples of worry regarding the country's banks.

Istanbul and Moscow lead emerging European IFCs

May 2, 2017

Istanbul attracted the most financial services FDI within the 'emerging Europe' region, while Moscow was the leader for outward FDI.

ECB pushes case for internal models

April 26, 2017

The European Central Bank is undertaking a major project to ensure the internal models used by eurozone banks work properly. A useful spin-off could be to tackle the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision’s scepticism over their use, as Justin Pugsley reports.

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Will Turkey's turbulence abate?

April 10, 2017

Following a stormy 2016 blighted by a failed coup and a spate of terror attacks, Turkey's weakened economy has shown signs of recovery. But with a divisive referendum campaign dominating the first months of 2017, questions about the recovery's resilience remain. David O'Byrne reports.

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Portugal's economy defies the odds and the critics

April 3, 2017

The left-wing coalition government of Portuguese prime minister António Costa has silenced critics with what has so far been an effective financial policy. Now it must convince the ratings agencies and Portugal’s international creditors. Peter Wise reports.

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Portugal’s banks rise from the ashes

April 3, 2017

Once one of the standard bearers for the travails of the eurozone, Portugal appears to be in the early stages of a recovery, one in which its revitalised banks are playing a leading role – albeit heavily backed by foreign investment. Peter Wise reports.

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Novo Banco’s chief executive takes a lesson from history

April 3, 2017

The chief executive of Portugal’s Novo Banco, António Ramalho, tells Peter Wise why 2017 will be the final year in its search for a controlling shareholder, and how he is easing the burden of non-performing loans.

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Andreas Dombret: the German view of Brexit

March 28, 2017

Andreas Dombret, member of the board at Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany's central bank, tells Stefanie Linhardt about the issues banks thinking of re-locating to Germany would have to consider, the negative consequences lower standards of regulation could bring for financial markets and the risks of a 'no deal' Brexit.

All eyes on financial sector as Brexit begins

March 27, 2017

The triggering of Article 50 heralds the beginning of the end for the UK in the EU. The financial services sector can only wait to see what will happen to London's clearing house business. 

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Sweden financial markets minister looks to build on momentum

March 1, 2017

Sweden’s minister for financial markets and consumer affairs, Per Bolund, explains to Stefanie Linhardt how the country maintains its stable economy, and why the European Banking Association would be better off located in Stockholm.

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