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German banks struggle to regain returns equilibrium

January 24, 2019
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Germany’s two biggest banks have struggled to regain their balance over the past few years. Talk of a tie-up between Deutsche Bank and Commerzbank is heating up again, though both lenders have a raft of issues to work through first. Kat Van Hoof reports.

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Stable, solid, but are Germany's banks prepared for coming challenges?

January 2, 2019

Low interest rates and lacklustre profitability could spark consolidation in the German banking sector. Despite these challenges, the system remains well capitalised with low NPLs and the prospect of benefiting from Brexit, as Kit Gillet reports.

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Clemens Fuest: A plan to guarantee German prosperity

September 3, 2018

Reforms at home and a strengthening of EU co-operation are crucial to Germany’s continuing economic health, writes the economist and president of the IFO Institute.

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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.

Talking tough on Brexit: a German perspective

May 29, 2017

Andreas Dombret, a board member at Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s central bank, tells Stefanie Linhardt about the consequences of a no-deal Brexit, and what banks looking to relocate from the UK to Germany should expect.

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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.

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Ludger Schuknecht: Fiscal normality must be the focus

January 3, 2017

The risks of blind fiscal expansion to generate growth are too great. The priority should fall upon fiscal consolidation and improving the quality of public finances instead.

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Andreas Dombret: Basel should rethink proportionality in banking regulation

January 2, 2017

Has the global harmonisation of banking regulation led to an overly universal approach? International and EU policy-makers should consider introducing less complex regulations for small, low-risk institutions.

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Germany sticks to the script

July 1, 2015

Many German banks had their fingers badly burnt in the financial crisis, having disastrously expanded into areas such as Spanish real estate and global shipping. As a result, the country's private banks, sparkassen and landesbanken have largely reverted to type, happy with unspectacular but predictable growth in an oversaturated domestic market.

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Commerzbank's old hand with a fresh outlook

July 1, 2015

Commerzbank corporates and markets chief Michael Reuther has nearly 30 years of banking experience, yet his appetite for innovation still burns strongly, as his work to 'industrialise' the German lender's investment bank shows.

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