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  1. July 22, 2014

    Dynasty losing grip over Portugal’s Banco Espírito Santo

    Financial authorities in Panama take control of a teetering bank. Angola’s central bank warns of bad debt risks at one of...

  2. July 18, 2014

    Reality check for European banks

    European markets recovered quickly from the spasm caused by the funding crisis that has gripped Portugal’s Banco Espírito...

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  1. Doing Business in Portugal 2012

    Reform: Commentary by the country’s greatest 19th century novelist is given a new airing...
  2. FT year in finance 2011

    - There is little consensus on how to fix the banking system - Behind the scenes with...
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  1. July 16, 2014

    Banco Espírito Santo gains continue on investor assurance

    Shares in Banco Espírito Santo and Portugal Telecom made gains on Wednesday despite an €847m default by an Espírito Santo...

  2. beyondbrics

    July 15, 2014

    Colombia: vote of confidence for finance minister

    Recently re-elected Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos starts his second term in less than a month. As he won the...

  3. July 14, 2014

    Espírito Santo family saga is unlikely to end happily

    The ongoing saga at Portugal’s Banco Espírito Santo is a reminder of several facts: that banks in the eurozone periphery are...

  4. July 13, 2014

    Portugal speeds up Banco Espírito Santo management changes

    Portugal’s central bank has ordered the immediate appointment of a new chief executive and other board members at Banco...

  5. July 11, 2014

    Banco Espírito Santo storm stirs Portugal bailout memories

    The Espírito Santos are no strangers to trouble. In the wake of Portugal’s 1974 revolution, several members of the banking...

  6. July 11, 2014

    The tests posed by Espirito Santo

    The prospect that Portugal’s biggest bank could fail has spooked the markets, reigniting concerns about the broader eurozone...

  7. FT Alphaville

    July 11, 2014

    Temper tantrum, tempest, or teapot?

    Banco Espirito Santo, the Portugese lender which had a few problems earlier this week to do with its complicated corporate...

  8. July 11, 2014

    Banco Espírito Santo seeks to dispel fears over family group loans

    Pedro Passos Coelho, Portugal’s prime minister, said on Friday that depositors in Banco Espírito Santo, the lender that...

  9. July 10, 2014

    Portugal’s Espírito Santo woes dent shares

    Problems had been building for months at Portugal’s Espírito Santo group. But on Thursday they erupted, spreading stock...

  10. July 10, 2014

    Fears over Banco Espírito Santo trigger stocks sell-off

    Fears about one of Portugal’s biggest banks led to a sharp sell off across European financial markets on Thursday, forcing...

  11. July 9, 2014

    Espirito Santo: houses of the holy

    Cristiano Ronaldo does not sing particularly well. Portugal had a revolution in 1974. These are two discrete facts. They are...

  12. FT Alphaville

    July 9, 2014

    Markets Live: Wednesday, 9th July, 2014

    This is the transcript of the Markets Live session ending at 11:32 on 9 Jul 2014. Participants in this session were: Paul...

  13. July 6, 2014

    Unemployment: Labour pains

    It has been more than two years since Claudio Castro lost his job at a Portuguese magazine where he had worked for almost a...

  14. The World

    July 4, 2014

    Rome and Berlin lock horns

    Today Germany and France will meet in their World Cup quarter final in Rio de Janeiro, the latest episode in one of Europe’s...

  15. July 2, 2014

    Portugal enjoys solid demand in dollar debt sale

    The Portuguese government defied a gloomy day for bond markets by issuing $4.5bn in a sale of dollar debt that demonstrated...

  16. July 1, 2014

    Banco Espírito Santo aims to calm concerns

    Shares in Banco Espírito Santo, Portugal’s largest listed lender, fell sharply in early trading on Tuesday but later...

  17. June 29, 2014

    Espírito Santo loses family ties

    Unlike neighbouring Spain, Portugal has no troubled royal family to follow. But it too has been shaken by an abdication. The...

  18. June 25, 2014

    Hanes secures global Wonderbra rights

    HanesBrands has agreed to buy DBApparel for €400m ($550m), giving the US underwear maker global rights to the Wonderbra and...

  19. June 23, 2014

    US viewers learn to love the World Cup

    The US’s dramatic draw against Portugal in the World Cup was the most watched soccer match in the country’s history, raising...

  20. June 15, 2014

    Portuguese government grapples with its constitutional court

    Hardly anyone would recognise them in the street and few know their names, but the 13 black-robed judges that sit on...

  21. June 15, 2014

    Europe faces the horrors of its own house of debt

    One of the more important insights about the state of the European economy right now comes from postcode data in the US. In...

  22. June 13, 2014

    From Zimbabwe to Portugal: sculptor Toin Adams

    When a pregnant Toin Adams looked out of her window in east London in 2002 and saw drug addicts outside she knew it was time...

  23. June 12, 2014

    Portugal turns down last tranche of rescue loan

    Portugal has taken the unusual step of sacrificing a €2.6bn loan payment to avoid being rushed into drawing up alternatives...

  24. June 11, 2014

    Commerzbank sheds €5bn property loans

    Commerzbank has rid itself of more than €5bn in property loans in Spain, Portugal and Japan as the German lender continues...

  25. beyondbrics

    June 11, 2014

    South Korea's status: clarity at last

    The years of periodic “will-they-won’t-they” chatter about South Korea’s potential upgrade to developed market status are...

  26. FT Alphaville

    June 4, 2014

    Oxygen of publicity, S&P and the World Cup test case

    In the S&P Dow Jones Indices ‘equity World Cup’, fixtures were decided by 12 month equity market returns rather than...

  27. June 3, 2014

    European banks: Still unstable

    Anthimos Thomopoulos arrives 30 minutes late for his lunch because of the traffic caused by a teachers’ demonstration. It...

  28. June 3, 2014

    Unemployment stubbornly high in Italy

    Europe Eurozone: Inflation slowed to just 0.5 per cent in May, ratcheting up pressure on the European Central Bank to unveil...

  29. FT Alphaville

    June 2, 2014

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning New York, FT ALPHAVILLE Dan notes that a new King isn’t the only constitutional change on the minds of some...

  30. FT Alphaville

    June 2, 2014

    Portugal courts confidence

    A tick up in sovereign bond yields has followed Friday’s late announcement by the Portuguese Constitutional Court that some...

  31. June 1, 2014

    Portugal court ruling on austerity measures threatens tax rises

    Hard-pressed Portuguese taxpayers face the prospect of more extraordinary tax increases this year after a court ruled that...

  32. May 30, 2014

    Accounts irregularities found at Espírito Santo’s parent group

    Portugal’s Espírito Santo Financial Group has reported “serious irregularities” in the accounts of its parent company in the...

  33. May 28, 2014

    Growth data, GDP – and a few goals

    Every four years, teams of highly paid, competitive individuals gather together and try to beat their international rivals....

  34. May 28, 2014

    Facebook requests Brussels review of WhatsApp deal

    Facebook has asked Brussels to review its $19bn acquisition of instant messaging service WhatsApp rather than seek antitrust...

  35. May 28, 2014

    EU should stop worrying about deflation

    Deflation is the dog that did not bark after the financial crisis. It was a real and present danger in the depths of the...

  36. FT Photo Diary

    May 27, 2014

    Rain stops play at the French Open

    Gonzalo Fuentes/Reuters Workers sweep water off tarpaulin as rain interrupts the men’s singles match between Novak Djokovic...

  37. May 27, 2014

    ICE to sell third of Euronext to institutions in pan-European IPO

    IntercontinentalExchange is to sell about a third of Euronext to a group of European financial institutions as part of its...

  38. May 26, 2014

    Leadership battle grips EU amid poll shock

    The aftershocks of EU elections that saw a surge in support for anti-establishment parties rippled across Europe on Monday...

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