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Green Light for Latvia’s Euro Accession

The Eurogroup gave green light for the admission of Lativa to the common European currency.

June 21, 2013

Cyprus Demands Further Capital Aid

In a letter to the European Union, President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiades demands further capital support for the Bank of Cyprus, the “Wallstreet Journal” reports. According to him, Cyprus’ economy depended on it.

June 19, 2013

Slovenia: Bailout As An Option

Prime Minister Bratusek announced her consent to introduce fiscal rule in 2015.

June 4, 2013

Leitl: „Cut of Base Rate by ECB Important and Necessary Signal“

President of the Austrian Chamber of Commerce Christoph Leitl welcomed the cut of the main refinancing rate to 0.5 percent.

May 2, 2013

Asmussen: “New Eurozone Members Will Reap Benefits of Initial Phase”

CEEs and The Crisis: Current Challenges and Benefits

April 30, 2013

Business Investment Rate Decreased 19.7 % in Eurozone

Business investment rate down to 19.7% in the euro area and to 19.6% in the EU27. Business profit share down to 37.7% and 37.3% respectively

April 29, 2013

Cyprus: Bail-Out Package More Expensive Than Thought

The aid-money needed increases from € 17.5bn to € 23bn, according to Cyprian government.

April 11, 2013

Household Assets in Austria Lower Than in Spain

The proportion of owned homes in Austria and Germany is below 50 % and one of the reasons why household assets are on the lower end of the scale.

April 10, 2013

Investigation Report Incriminates Managers of Bank of Cyprus

Mass purchase of Greek state bonds and removing of data.

April 5, 2013

Cyprus: Prone to Recession

Despite of the bail-out package, the country is threatened by a deep recession in the coming two years.

April 3, 2013

Cyprus: Anastasiades Comes Under Suspicion

President Nikos Anastasiades is in dire straits as he is accused of having transferred huge amounts of money to foreign countries and having warned relatives. In the meantime, the austerity package is almost set.

April 2, 2013

Cyprus: 37.5 % Only The First Cut

Assets will be burdened much higher than assumed. Apart from the mandatory levy of 37.5 % a further amount of 22.5 % will be frozen in.

March 30, 2013

Cyprus: Mandatory Levy on Assets Not Yet Fixed

Banks in Cyprus will open again tomorrow, yet the capital flow is still limited. Dijsselbloem is criticized by the ECB. Bank employees demand Demetriades’ stepping down.

March 27, 2013

Cyprus: Outflow of Billions of Euros Presumed

Investors in Cyprus could face haircuts up to 50 %. Parliamentary President, Omirou want to go into details about the alleged transfer of assets despite of the banks closing.

March 26, 2013

Medvedev Vexed Over EU

In case the government will not come to conclusion how to generate the required money (€ 5.8bn), the ECB will cut off the money supply for Cyprus’ ramshackle banks.

March 25, 2013

Cyprus: Bail-Out Package Accepted

Cyprus has been granted the € 10bn worth aid package by the EU. After ten hours of negotiations in Brussels the decision was made early this morning. Assets below € 100,000 will not be taxed.

March 25, 2013

Croatia: Sluggish Economic Recovery

The improvement in the financing conditions in international financial markets in the second half of 2012 mitigated the risks to Croatias financial stability to an extent.

March 25, 2013

Cyprus: Agreement on Bank Asset Tax

Today, the Cyprian government has come to a solution on the compulsory charges on bank accounts.

March 23, 2013

Cyprus: Votes on Mandatory Levy

In case the government will not come to conclusion how to generate the required money (€ 5.8bn), the ECB will cut off the money supply for Cyprus’ ramshackle banks.

March 23, 2013

Cyprus: Negotiations About “Plan B“ Today

After days of negotiations in Moscow, Cyprian Finance Minister had to return empty-handed. Talks about “plan B” will continue today.

March 22, 2013

Austria Pays Almost € 300m in Greek Aid

Eurosystem gives away profits from support operations of Greek government bonds. € 281m comes from Austria.

March 16, 2013

Eurozone: Cut in Interest Rate Not Necessary

According to govenor of the Austrian National Bank an interest rate cut to improve the economic situation in the eurozone is not required at the moment. UKIP Leader Farage criticizes politicians for denying problems in eurozone.

March 14, 2013

Bulgaria: EVN Under Surveillance

While the Austrian power supplier EVN is currently kept under surveillance of the Bulgarian judiciary and government, protests by the citizens all over the country continue.

March 11, 2013

Latvia: Eager for the Euro. But ready?

Latvia’s leadership considers adopting the Euro in 2015 or 2016. Despite of showing the fastest economic growth rate at 5.1 % in Europe, there is scepticism Latvian population.

March 4, 2013

ECB Extends Co-Operation with National Bank of Serbia

Today, the European Central Bank (ECB) decided to extend the two-year central bank cooperation programme with the National Bank of Serbia (NBS).

January 31, 2013

„Our Future is Central and Eastern Europe“

Andreas Treichl, CEO of Austrian Erste Group, stresses the importance of the CESEE region and the necessity to become more efficient.

January 29, 2013

Nowotny: “The Worst Is Over”

OeNB´s (Austrian National Bank) governor Ewald Nowotny thinks that the economic situation in the Eurozone has become more stable.

January 16, 2013

Outlook: Europe Remains Under Threat

The European debt crisis will remain a major issue, Austrian Erste Group says.

December 28, 2012

“Risks to Financial Stability Remain High”

The European sovereign debt crisis continues to impact international financial markets. Despite the stabilizing effect of monetary and financial policy measures the risks to financial stability remain at a high level, OeNB says.

December 14, 2012

CEE Countries May Join Banking Union

ECB will become the main supervisor for the Eurozone´s banking industry. Non-Eurozone member countries are entitled to opt-in.

December 13, 2012

WIFO: South Europe Needs Change in Strategy

The Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) underlines that the austerity policy in South European countries did not help at all.

December 12, 2012

Survey: More and More Austrians Affected by Financial Crisis

Compared to 2010, the number of Austrian citizens who see themselves affected by the current financial crisis grew by 50%.

December 5, 2012

„Banking System Becomes More Solid“

The chairman of OeNB (Austrian National Bank) Ewald Nowotny thinks that the banking supervision and the Basel III framework will stabilize the financial markets.

December 4, 2012

Nowotny: More Power for Big Countries

The governor of Austrian National Bank OeNB Ewald Nowotny proposes to amend the voting rights at ECB.

November 7, 2012

„Banking Union Weakens Central Banks“

The Czech President Vaclav Klaus criticizes that a common banking supervision limits the competencies of national central banks.

October 30, 2012

Nowotny: Greek Haircut for ECB “No Issue”

The governor of Austria´s National Bank (OeNB) Ewald Nowotny thinks that ECB would not participate in a haircut.

October 29, 2012

IHS: „Greece Needs Haircut“

Christian Keuschnigg, head of the Austrian Institute of Advanced Studies thinks that another haircut will be inevitable.

October 24, 2012

FMA: „Austria is Open to Blackmail by Banks”

Kurt Pribil, director of the Austrian Financial Market Authority, thinks that the nationalization of banks has shown that the Austrian state is still under pressure.

October 23, 2012

Breuss: „We Must Feed Them All“

The Austrian economist expresses his concerns regarding the second package for Greece.

September 21, 2012

Fekter: “Spanish Banks Need € 60bn”

According to Austria´s Minister of Finance Maria Fekter, the European Union focuses on Spain. A Greek exit would be no issue anymore.

September 18, 2012

IMF-Loan: Orban Demonstrates Optimism

According to Hungary´s Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the negotiations with IMF are proceeding on schedule.

September 18, 2012

Banking Supervision: Nowotny Warns of Over-Ambition

According to the governor of OeNB (Austrian Central Bank), it would be dangerous to establish new institutions without a democratic legitimization.

September 18, 2012

Implementation of Banking Union to be Postponed

Initially, the Commission of the EU intended to introduce the banking union in 2013. After the fierce resistance of some member states, the Commission gives up its plans for the time being.

September 17, 2012

Poland Rejects Joining Banking Union

According to Poland´s Minister of Finance, a common supervision for banks is “not interesting”.

September 17, 2012

Banking Union: Austrian FMA Wants to Integrate Eastern European Countries

According to the board of Austria´s Financial Market Authority, not only the banks of the Eurozone should be supervised.

September 13, 2012

Nowotny: Not Overcharging ECB

Ewald Nowotny, governor of Austrian Central Bank (OeNB) argues that ECB should not control all banks.

September 13, 2012

Infringement Proceedings Against Hungary?

The Commission of the European Union is said to start infringement proceedings against Hungary because of the introduction of financial transaction taxes.

September 13, 2012

Banking Union: Poland Demonstrates Skepticism

Yesterday, the EU-Commission has made proposals regarding the banking union. The decision making process for non-Eurozone members would be unclear.

September 13, 2012

Slovenian Crisis: Opposition Reassures

Recently, Prime Minister Janez Jansa warned of a national bankruptcy. For the opposition, Slovenia is far from declaring its illiquidity.

September 11, 2012

Nowotny Hopes for ESM

The governor of OeNB (Austrian Central Bank) thinks that the bond purchases are not sufficient. Politics must help ECB, he argues.

September 10, 2012
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