Latest articles from Stefanie Linhardt

Slovenia's finance minister looks to keep the good news coming

April 25, 2016

Slovenia's minister of finance, Dušan Mramor, tells Stefanie Linhardt how he is overseeing the reduction of its budget deficit, economic growth, rising employment and a burgeoning privatisation programme.

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CEE Stock Exchange Group adopts new 'sharing' strategy

April 1, 2016

Having shed two of its assets – the exchanges of Budapest and Ljubljana – the CEE Stock Exchange Group, with owner Vienna Stock Exchange at the helm, is steering a new strategic course. Its aim, as Stefanie Linhardt reports, is to become a leading service provider for central and eastern Europe's exchanges. 

Polish banks face blow to profits

April 1, 2016

An influx of taxes on the Polish banking sector, increasingly levels of regulation and 2015's collapse of SK Bank are threatening to add up to a large bill for the country's banks – meaning that profits are under threat. 

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Slovenia CBG looks to keep up recovery momentum

March 1, 2016

Slovenia's economy was in a precarious position, even by current European standards, as recently as 2013. The country's central bank governor, Boštjan Jazbec, explains how a return to health has been achieved through methods that were not universally popular.

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Europe’s growth prospects: what will 2016 bring?

March 1, 2016

After a turbulent few years, Europe faces political pressure over the Syrian refugee crisis, the prospect of a Brexit and further financial instability within the eurozone, with Greece never far from the news. Stefanie Linhardt speaks to seven economists about the region's prospects for the coming 12 months.

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Slovenia's small steps towards recovery

March 1, 2016

While consolidation is likely to change the face of Slovenia’s banking system in the coming years, in the near term issues with low profitability are top of the agenda. And, despite the creation of a bad bank to expunge the problem of non-performing loans, many banks still have a far from healthy loan book.

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Have PPPs reached a dead end in western Europe?

February 1, 2016

A dearth of greenfield infrastructure opportunities combined with unsupportive governments have burst the public-private partnership bubble in western Europe, with deal flow decreasing dramatically from its peak in 2007. Stefanie Linhardt reports on whether this trend will prove to be terminal.

Can the EU come to an agreement on the capital markets union

Can the EU come to an agreement on the capital markets union?

January 4, 2016

While there is a lot of support for the creation of a single capital market in Europe, regulators, politicians and industry participants are struggling to agree on how best to harmonise rules and regulations across the 28 member states. 

Sberbank cements its digital future in Russia

Sberbank cements its digital future in Russia

December 1, 2015

A bold new digital strategy is transforming Russian lender Sberbank, creating new efficiencies, boosting revenues and customer numbers, and protecting the Russian institution's majority market share.

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Tinkoff spreads its wings

November 2, 2015

Russian lender Tinkoff has fared better than most of its peers during the uncertainty that has engulfed the country's economy in the past 12 months, thanks in no small part to a wide portfolio of products, which take in debit and credit cards, insurance, mortgages and SME servicing. 

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