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    1. August 13, 2014

      Greek economy on track for return to annual growth

      Greece’s economy shrank by 0.2 per cent in the second quarter compared with the same period in 2013 – the smallest...

    2. June 9, 2014

      Greece names Gikas Hardouvelis finance minister

      Greece has named Gikas Hardouvelis, chief economist at a private Athens bank, as finance minister in a government reshuffle...

    Special Reports

    1. Central & eastern Europe: Banking and Finance 2013

      The shadows that gathered last year have started to recede. The banking sector has sho...
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    1. May 5, 2014

      Pimco’s eurozone surge points to a fresh game in town

      There are many surprising aspects to last week’s successful capital raising by Greece’s Eurobank. The size, for one thing,...

    2. April 29, 2014

      Eurobank rights issue returns Greek lender to private hands

      Eurobank has pulled off one of the biggest capital raisings in Greek history, attracting more than €7bn of orders from big...

    3. January 10, 2014

      Head of Greek bank rescue fund charged with money-laundering

      The head of the fund set up by Greece’s international creditors to rescue the country’s banking system has been charged with...

    4. September 1, 2013

      Greek banks: still standing

      They might be wounded but at least they are still walking. Amid the destruction of the financial crisis, it is quite a feat...

    5. FT Alphaville

      May 14, 2013

      Finland's got a secret... no longer

      Abuse of official secrecy. It’s been one of the more corrosive but — by definition — shadier aspects of the eurozone crisis....

    6. May 9, 2013

      Central and eastern Europe to outpace west as lenders think local

      The shadows that gathered last year over central and eastern Europe (CEE) have, little by little, started to recede. This...

    7. May 1, 2013

      Top Greek banks set for private capital push

      Greece’s three largest banks are preparing to raise a total of €21.7bn of private capital so they can retain management...

    8. April 8, 2013

      Merger of two Greek banks suspended

      The merger of National Bank of Greece and Eurobank has been suspended following pressure from international lenders ahead of...

    9. December 3, 2012

      EADS lifted by talk of new structure

      News that EADS was nearing a deal to restructure its shareholder base sent shares in Europe’s biggest aerospace group...

    10. September 24, 2012

      Crédit Agricole to shore up Greek unit

      Crédit Agricole has agreed to provide an additional €600m in fresh capital to shore up its Greek subsidiary in advance of...

    11. August 28, 2012

      Crédit Agricole takes Greek unit hit

      Crédit Agricole is stepping up moves to offload its Greek subsidiary and reduce its minority stakes in Italian and Spanish...

    12. June 29, 2012

      Greek lenders eye Emporiki

      Crédit Agricole has received three expressions of interest in Emporiki Bank from local lenders after putting its lossmaking...

    13. June 18, 2012

      Bank gains lift Athens index

      An early rally across European stock markets on Monday proved short-lived as indices later headed into negative territory....

    14. May 28, 2012

      Greek banks receive €18bn transfer

      Greece’s four largest banks received a €18bn transfer on Monday as the first instalment of a recapitalisation plan agreed as...

    15. May 11, 2012

      Spanish stocks slide as anxiety grows

      Eurozone concerns were brought into sharp focus this week, as investors drove Greek stocks to near 20-year lows and Spain’s...

    16. April 29, 2012

      Greek bank appeals for fresh equity

      The head of Greece’s biggest bank has made a spirited appeal for fresh equity from private shareholders as the most stressed...

    17. April 22, 2012

      Greek banks: a long, slow turnaround

      Like the Greek trireme with 170 rowers that was to have borne the Olympic torch along the Thames to start the games – until...

    18. April 20, 2012

      Greek lenders unveil steep losses in 2011

      Greek banks suffered huge losses in 2011 from their participation in the biggest sovereign debt restructuring in history,...

    19. March 27, 2012

      Sovereign wealth funds buoy banks

      Cash-rich Gulf sovereign wealth funds are seemingly the first port of call for European financial asset sales, proving...

    20. March 21, 2012

      Delicate balancing act for Greek banks

      Burnt-out bank buildings in Athens are a reminder of violent demonstrations that have marred attempts to save the country...

    21. February 28, 2012

      Greece: sharing the pain

      Talk about taking stock – there’s barely much left in Greece after the mad rush for the exits. The Athens General index of...

    22. February 17, 2012

      Europe rallies on Greece hopes

      A stronger than expected results season and growing hopes of a deal on retsructuring Greek debt pushed the FTSE Eurofirst to...

    23. February 15, 2012

      BNP Paribas leads Europe higher after results

      BNP Paribas was briefly the FTSE Eurofirst 300’s top performing stock after it reported above-consensus results for its...

    24. beyondbrics

      February 15, 2012

      Alpha/Eurobank deal doubts cast shadow over Balkans

      embed1 By Philip Alexander of the Banker When Alpha Bank (ALPHA:ATH) and EFG Eurobank Ergasias (EUROB:ATH), the second and...

    25. February 13, 2012

      End of short-selling ban hits French banks

      French banks were hit on Monday after a ban on short-selling French financial stocks expired over the weekend. The news took...

    26. February 12, 2012

      Greece passes vote as violence erupts

      Greek lawmakers on Sunday approved a tough austerity package aimed at averting a default, but the vote was overshadowed by...

    27. December 8, 2011

      Country by country guide to the stress tests

      GERMANY Germany’s banks were told to find an extra €13.1bn ($17.4bn) compared with €5.2bn in the preliminary tests. Six of...

    28. November 6, 2011

      Greek banks in €6.4bn bond switch

      Three of Greece’s biggest banks have issued €6.4bn ($8.8bn) of government-guaranteed bonds likely to be used as security to...

    29. October 24, 2011

      Greek banks tumble over writedown fears

      Renewed optimism over a resolution to the eurozone debt crisis prompted a confident start to the week for European equities,...

    30. October 12, 2011

      Greek banks rebound on Athens debt plans

      Greek banks bounced back strongly on Wednesday after tumbling earlier in the week, as wider European equities were buoyed by...

    31. October 10, 2011

      Greece’s Proton draws on Financial Stability Fund

      Proton Bank, a small Greek lender under investigation for alleged money-laundering, has become the first bank to seek...

    32. October 3, 2011

      Greece unveils draft budget for 2012

      Greece has unveiled a draft budget for 2012 that aims to compensate for a higher than projected spending deficit this year...

    33. September 8, 2011

      Greek banks: still standing

      One thing can be said in favour of Greek banks. Despite the economic slump they are still standing (unlike, say, most of...

    34. September 7, 2011

      German stocks rally after four-day slump

      German stocks rebounded on Wednesday from four days of losses, helped by the nation’s top court rejection of lawsuits...

    35. September 2, 2011

      Greek stocks track bail-out worries

      Greek stocks continued to fall on Friday, as concern about the outlook for the EU/IMF bail-out of the country’s finances...

    36. September 1, 2011

      There’s profit to be had amid Greece’s desperation

      In times of crisis, the unthinkable is no longer so unimaginable. And the deeper the crisis the more radical the response...

    37. August 31, 2011

      Capital return plan boosts Bouygues

      European markets moved higher on Wednesday, helped by French company Bouygues , which made its largest gains in three years...

    38. August 30, 2011

      National Bank of Greece hit by debt deal

      National Bank of Greece on Tuesday reported a first-half net loss of €1.31bn, reflecting the impact of a 21 per cent haircut...

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