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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

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  1. 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...

  2. 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...

  3. 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...

  4. 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...

  5. 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...

  6. 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...

  7. 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...

  8. 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...

  9. 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...

  10. 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...

  11. 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...

  12. 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...

  13. 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...

  14. 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...

  15. 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...

  16. 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...

  17. 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...

  18. 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,...

  19. 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...

  20. 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,...

  21. 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...

  22. 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,...

  23. 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...

  24. 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...

  25. 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...

  26. 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...

  27. 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...

  28. 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...

  29. 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...

  30. July 8, 2013

    Draft EU bank resolution bill puts German savers on the hook

    Brussels’ plan for a central authority to wind up shaky banks is to cover all 6,400 eurozone lenders, a broad and ambitious...

  31. Brussels Blog

    June 26, 2013

    EU bank rescue rules: the latest compromise

    EU financial services chief Michel Barnier takes questions on the bank bail-in debate Wednesday Call it the Cinderella rule:...

  32. June 26, 2013

    Europe unveils long-term investment framework

    Brussels wants to encourage retail investment in long-term financing projects ahead of an anticipated €2tn of investment in...

  33. June 16, 2013

    Mining: Fight against mineral rights abuse is high on agenda

    The problems of tackling the corruption that has often followed the development of mining and oil concessions in developing...

  34. June 16, 2013

    Havens crackdown: Momentum builds for tax transparency

    The 2013 summit has the potential to go down in history as “the turning point in the battle against tax evasion and...

  35. June 6, 2013

    EU Libor plan that ends era of self-regulation

    The humbling prospect of powerful regulators arriving from Paris to oversee Libor is hardly the denouement British ministers...

  36. Brussels Blog

    June 4, 2013

    Arise the Brussels Bank Resolution Authority

    After months of deliberation and some not-so-private sparring with Berlin, the European Commission has pretty much anointed...

  37. May 24, 2013

    Occupational funds win EU rules reprieve

    Occupational pension funds have won a reprieve from a European regulatory overhaul that they feared would have had...

  38. May 23, 2013

    EU rushes out corporate tax transparency law

    Big companies’ tax affairs in Europe are to be opened up to greater public scrutiny with the EU rushing out a law compelling...

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