Latest articles from Central & Eastern Europe

S&P: ratings outlook for European banks positive, but narrowing

March 7, 2019

Over the past two years, there has been only one ratings downgrade for one of Europe’s top 50 banks, according to S&P. The agency foresees stable balance sheets and good results from banks in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. But slowing growth in the big economies and low profitability means S&P foresees more negative ratings actions in 2019 than the year before. Kat Van Hoof reports.

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How has Belarus become a beacon of stability

February 1, 2019

Belarus’s economy is in good shape, but concerns linger over the high level of non-performing loans and the dominant role of the state in the banking sector. Michael Imeson reports.

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Net4Gas breaks new ground with unique exchange offer

November 1, 2018

Czech energy company Net4Gas's unusual exchange deal held a special appeal for local investors. 

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A Russian resolution: are the country's banks back on track?

November 1, 2018

Following crises, poor management and bailouts, is Russia's banking sector on the road to recovery?

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Supervisors or enforcers: who steers AML in Europe?

October 1, 2018

Even after several revisions, the EU’s anti-money laundering directive does not definitively answer the question of whether a unified EU approach to AML is needed and politically achievable. Stefanie Linhardt reports.

The EU's AML report card: Must do better

October 1, 2018

Despite the rhetoric in Europe on tackling money laundering, cases continue to come to light. Politician should act together now, says Stefanie Linhardt. 

Why banks must be wary of Russian sanctions risks

September 3, 2018

Increasingly tough and complex Russian sanctions carry many hidden risks for lenders, write Collyer Bristow’s Robin Henry and Anna Battams.

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Slovakia’s finance minister seeks to keep economy moving

July 4, 2018

One of the candidates during the Eurogroup chair elections and a keen advocacy of fiscal consolidation, Slovakian finance minister Peter Kazimir has played a key role in the country’s fiscal and economic achievements. But is the country’s economy at risk of overheating? Stefanie Linhardt finds out.

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Tackling Europe's NPLs: right idea, wrong time?

July 4, 2018

It seems that Europe’s non-performing loan problems are diminishing just as European authorities are issuing long-overdue proposals to deal with them – so are they still relevant? Stefanie Linhardt investigates.

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Poland scoops financial services FDI Brexit dividend

July 4, 2018

Poland has attracted a good proportion of jobs and investment from US financial companies looking for bases outside a post-Brexit UK. Silvia Pavoni reports.

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