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In this issue

The sector has ridden out the post-crisis gloom and hopes for a neighbourly boost to sluggish growth

Vienna aims to exploit eastern promise

The sector has ridden out the post-crisis gloom and hopes for a neighbourly boost to sluggish growth, write James Shotter and Eric Frey

Property: House prices play catch-up with levels in other European capitals

Trend raises concern that market may be overheating as supply stays tight, says James Shotter

Business lending: Panic may be over but lenders remain cautious

Companies are looking beyond the banks, says Eric Frey

Volunteer advocate: Thomas Stiedl

Savings banks: Helping hand to those who slip through the net

Kester Eddy on a scheme to aid those who hit hard times

Banking: Former Soviet satellite states offer hopes of market growth

Combination of economic turbulence and erratic politics has tested commitment to central Europe, reports James Shotter

CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange, Michael Buhl
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Interview: Michael Buhl

The Austrian stock exchange chief talks to James Shotter about Basel III, the EU’s transaction tax and the lack of IPOs

Banking secrecy: Country moves slowly to end tax avoidance

James Shotter looks at official efforts to repatriate wealth from nearby havens

Politics: Ruling coalition faces shake-up as polls favour smaller parties

Despite Austria’s fairly buoyant economy, financial scandals have added to a general feeling of discontent, writes Eric Frey

Under construction: the site of Erste's new campus home

Infrastructure: Banks compete in the edifice complex stakes

Kester Eddy looks at the significance of an imposing head office

The Romanian and Czech flags

Investment industry: EU rules set to stimulate business in mutual funds

A change of regime will ease foreign sales, says Eric Frey