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  1. March 25, 2014

    Greek banks: Canaries, coal mines

    Just because the canary is still chirping does not mean the coal miners are safe. New investors in Greek banks must keep...

  2. FT Alphaville

    November 17, 2013

    Art and Economics at the Athens Biennale

    This guest post reviewing the current Athens Biennale is from David Adler, a New York-based economic analyst who is also an...

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  1. October 9, 2013

    Greek banks: a warm welcome

    “Come in, sit down and put your feet up. I’ll get the coffee.” Investors have been welcoming Greek banks back into their...

  2. 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...

  3. July 26, 2013

    Greek shipowner detained on fraud charges

    Greek shipowner Victor Restis was detained on Friday on criminal charges of embezzlement and money-laundering in a decision...

  4. May 21, 2013

    Capital worries weigh on German banks

    Europe’s equity markets extended their month-long rally as banking stocks lagged behind the broader indices after a report...

  5. May 15, 2013

    Carmakers drive rises on growth signs

    European stocks pushed higher, led by carmakers on signs that governments may take measures to spur growth following...

  6. 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....

  7. May 12, 2013

    Top hedge funds bet on Greek banks

    Some of the world’s leading hedge funds are pouring money into the Greek banking sector in expectation of huge potential...

  8. May 12, 2013

    Greek banks: bearing gifts?

    Shareholders in Greece’s banks will remember this spring fondly. Shares in the three largest – Piraeus, Alpha and National...

  9. May 2, 2013

    Banks’ taste for ‘zombie’ companies feeds overcapacity

    Banks are slimming down, but they still have a hand in the cookie jar – literally, in the case of Canadian Imperial Bank of...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. March 4, 2013

    Qatari royals buy private Greek island

    The Qatari royal family is buying a privately owned Greek island for €4.9m in a deal that signals a renewal of interest in...

  13. February 13, 2013

    Greek pension fund wins with bond bet

    The managers of a fund for Greek pension schemes have doubled its assets by following the example of aggressive investors...

  14. February 3, 2013

    Greek banks lobby to ease bailout terms

    Greece’s banks have begun a frantic lobbying of the bodies behind the country’s bailout, in an effort to ease the conditions...

  15. 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...

  16. October 8, 2012

    Greek banks – three’s a crowd

    And then there were three. A trio of Greek banks is about to change hands, as the troika whittles down Greece’s banking...

  17. October 5, 2012

    Two largest Greek banks in merger move

    National Bank of Greece made a tender offer on Friday for local rival Eurobank, proposing an all-share deal that would value...

  18. 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...

  19. August 30, 2012

    Hellenic Postbank shares suspended

    The Athens stock market watchdog suspended trading in shares of Hellenic Postbank on Thursday after the finance minister...

  20. 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...

  21. August 8, 2012

    Greek banks bid for Crédit Agricole unit

    Crédit Agricole received offers Wednesday evening from three Greek banks for selling its local lossmaking subsidiary...

  22. July 19, 2012

    Banks file claims against Greek tycoon

    Seven Greek and international banks have filed claims against Lavrentis Lavrentiadis, a struggling Greek oligarch, over...

  23. July 2, 2012

    European banks lead risers on accord optimism

    Banking stocks made the largest gains in Europe on Monday as indices continued to rally on signs EU leaders were taking...

  24. July 2, 2012

    French banks: exit risks

    It’s not just bankers being beheaded these days. Processes and structures are for the chop, too. Marcus Agius, Barclays...

  25. 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...

  26. June 27, 2012

    Change at top of National Bank of Greece

    The chairman and chief executive of National Bank of Greece, the country’s largest commercial lender, were both sacked on...

  27. June 20, 2012

    Greek finance job goes to civil servant

    Antonis Samaras, the Greek centre-right leader, has made a surprise appointment to the post of finance minister, choosing a...

  28. June 18, 2012

    Greece: election sideshow

    It used to be Brussels and its extemporising bailouts that bought the eurozone some time. Now it is Greece’s turn. The...

  29. 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....

  30. June 17, 2012

    Effects of capital controls on Greece

    Controls on the flow of capital between euro area countries have now moved beyond journalistic and academic speculation;...

  31. June 14, 2012

    Investors continue European stock sell-off

    Banking shares propelled Greece’s benchmark index forward to make its biggest one-day gain in over eight months, amid...

  32. 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...

  33. May 14, 2012

    Greece

    There must be a horrible moment on every sinking ship when passengers finally realise what is happening. That is what the...

  34. May 7, 2012

    Banks lead losses for Athens stocks

    European equity markets had largely recovered by close on Monday after some heavy early losses following election results in...

  35. FT Alphaville

    April 30, 2012

    The 6am Cut London

    Spain’s government and its banks are discussing a ‘bad bank’ scheme, says the FT, citing officials and bankers. However...

  36. 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...

  37. 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...

  38. 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,...

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