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    1. October 21, 2014

      EU leans on big banks to finance bailout fund

      France’s banks will foot the biggest bill for Europe’s banking union, paying up to €2bn more than Germany’s lenders towards...

    2. September 28, 2014

      Michel Barnier urges MEPs to give UK’s Lord Hill a fair hearing

      When Michel Barnier took charge of EU financial regulation nearly five years ago, some British critics cast him as pantomime...

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    1. September 7, 2014

      Brussels warns City over bankers’ allowances to ‘sidestep bonus cap’

      A senior EU official has warned banks that Brussels is ready to challenge the use of cash allowances designed to sidestep...

    2. August 3, 2014

      UK banks step up opposition to new EU financial services tsar

      Britain’s banks have stepped up opposition to the creation of an EU financial services chief, saying the move could fracture...

    3. July 17, 2014

      Respite for derivatives deals from incoming European rules

      Swaps dealers and banks are set to win a respite from meeting incoming European derivatives rules after regulators admitted...

    4. June 16, 2014

      EU-US trade talks hit roadblock over financial services

      The US has defended a decision to exclude financial regulation from a vast transatlantic trade pact amid mounting pressure...

    5. June 16, 2014

      Quick View: Clearing up differences

      Eleven months on and last summer’s accord between the EU and US over jointly overseeing the derivatives market across the...

    6. May 12, 2014

      Barclays’ Fed lobbying efforts fall flat

      Barclays lobbied the US Federal Reserve more often than any other foreign bank in a vigorous – and ultimately unsuccessful –...

    7. May 8, 2014

      Esma proposes moratorium on derivatives deals

      Banks and large swap dealers should be given respite from new European requirements to clear some of their derivatives...

    8. April 15, 2014

      Business hits ‘brick wall’ in talks on UK banking ring fence

      Business representatives warned on Tuesday they were hitting a “brick wall” in discussions with the government over the...

    9. April 15, 2014

      Super Tuesday for EU bank regulation

      Europe’s biggest financial rulemaking spree since the creation of its single market more than 20 years ago reached its...

    10. April 15, 2014

      Six ways Europe’s financial sector is meant to mend its ways

      What Michel Barnier, the EU commissioner responsible for financial services, dubbed a “rulemaking spring” is drawing to a...

    11. April 13, 2014

      EU shareholder rights a ‘burden’

      Fund companies have raised concerns about the potential “burden” posed by new European proposals aimed at strengthening...

    12. April 9, 2014

      Barnier proposes greater executive pay transparency

      Europe’s corporate executives would have to seek shareholder approval for their salaries and justify the pay gap between...

    13. FT Alphaville

      March 21, 2014

      When does an FX spot become a forward?

      Don’t ask a European regulator. Or, if you do, don’t expect an answer any time soon. We’ve written about the feud between...

    14. March 7, 2014

      Jean-Claude Juncker to run for European Commission presidency

      Jean-Claude Juncker has become the centre-right candidate to be the next president of the European Commission after a...

    15. January 29, 2014

      EU bank overhaul pleases few in search for middle way

      Brussels has unveiled its solution to the problem of EU banks that are too big to fail, borrowing heavily from almost every...

    16. January 29, 2014

      EU bank reforms set out to reduce complexity and curb speculation

      Big European banks face curbs on betting with their own funds and might be forced to hive off some risky trading under...

    17. January 6, 2014

      ‘Barnier rule’ looks like a shadow of what it set out to be

      Whenever he gets the chance, Michel Barnier likes to whip out a printout of the regulations he has steered through the...

    18. January 5, 2014

      Europe set to ease reform on bank splits

      Brussels is set to ease financial reforms so that big European banks are not forced automatically to split lending...

    19. December 17, 2013

      EU deal marks big step in auditor rotation reforms

      Europe took a step towards a landmark deal forcing big companies to change auditors regularly as member states attempt to...

    20. Brussels Blog

      December 11, 2013

      EU bank bailout fight: more leaked documents

      Sweden's Borg, centre, during last night's meeting, where he sparred with his Dutch counterpart It’s become something of a...

    21. December 5, 2013

      Audit reforms stall after accountancy firms’ aggressive lobbying

      EU states have clashed over tough reforms to the audit sector as they attempt to drive through a package that has provoked...

    22. December 3, 2013

      Asia regulators attack EU over clearing house standards

      Europe has come under attack from Asian market regulators who are warning that the one-size-fits-all tests for clearing...

    23. November 28, 2013

      Brussels takes aim at industrial espionage

      Brussels is taking aim at industrial espionage with proposals to tighten laws so businesses can better safeguard their...

    24. November 15, 2013

      A rise of passives, a rise of scrutiny

      Index-based investing is expanding rapidly across global financial markets in a shift that offers big rewards to providers...

    25. November 14, 2013

      Insurers relieved over Solvency II deal

      European insurance executives breathed a collective sigh of relief on Thursday after Brussels made a breakthrough in its...

    26. November 4, 2013

      Those who profit from US security must accept its spying

      From Dr Albena Azmanova. Sir, The hypocrisy of Europeans over the US government’s eavesdropping on the private conversations...

    27. October 29, 2013

      NSA fights back over eavesdropping claims

      The US National Security Agency launched a political fightback on Tuesday against criticism of its electronic eavesdropping,...

    28. October 6, 2013

      Luxembourg: ‘A flagrant violation of good governance’

      An attack against Luc Frieden, Luxembourg’s minister of finance, and his staff has turned into a tussle. Jean-Claude...

    29. September 30, 2013

      EU urges US to delay swaps reform

      Europe’s top financial regulator has demanded the US urgently amend its imminent reforms to the $633tn derivatives market,...

    30. September 22, 2013

      Barnier’s revolution

      The European Commission has long been accused of having a penchant for regulation and an instinctive wariness of financial...

    31. September 22, 2013

      Luxembourg faces fresh criticism over good governance

      Luxembourg’s reputation as a financial centre faces fresh criticism as Luc Frieden, the grand duchy’s finance minister,...

    32. September 18, 2013

      Brussels plans end to self-regulation of market benchmarks

      Thousands of benchmarks underpinning €1,000tn markets ranging from oil and rice to mortgage rates would be regulated for the...

    33. September 4, 2013

      EU clamps down on money market funds

      Regulatory divisions over reining in “shadow banking” were laid bare by a Brussels clampdown on money market funds that...

    34. July 24, 2013

      Brussels’ ruling on card fees unleashes charged emotions

      Arcane card fees can whip up considerable emotion in Brussels. Few policy issues have better padded the wallets of lawyers...

    35. July 23, 2013

      Regulator turf war on access to EU bank books

      US regulators are demanding the right to probe books, records and emails at the headquarters of Europe’s biggest financial...

    36. July 11, 2013

      German banker likens Brussels bank powers to Nazi ‘enabling acts’

      The head of a Bavarian banking association compared the European Commission’s plan to grant itself the final say on winding...

    37. FT Alphaville

      July 10, 2013

      The 6am Cut London

      Asian stocks rose, although gains were pared by disappointing China trade data. The Nikkei was 0.1% higher, the Hang Seng...

    38. Brussels Blog

      July 9, 2013

      The EU's new bank bailout agency: a preview

      Barnier, standing at right, may be in for another tussle with Germany's Wolfgang Schäuble. With Brussels gearing up for...

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