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Eurozone

Slovenia: Situation For Banks Still Shaky

According to the National Bank, the new government in Slovenia needs to avoid becoming the new setting of bail-out negotiations with the EU after the banking crisis in Cyprus.

March 28, 2013

Cyprus: Trying to Avoid Chaos at Banks

Today, Cyprus‘ banks are supposed to be opened after almost two weeks of closing. The citizens are called for calm and there are limits for drawing money. The currency rate was downgraded to Caa2 by Moody’s.

March 28, 2013

Poles Reject The Euro

According to polls, two thirds of polish citizens do not want to change the zloty for the Euro.

March 26, 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

Fekter: “Austrians can rest easy knowing that their bank deposits are safe.”

Current situation in Cyprus is an exceptional case and not comparable in any way with Austria.

March 22, 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

National Bank of Slovenia Reports Slowing Growth

The banking system’s total assets were down by € 88.5m in January or 6.6% y/y. The banks repaid liabilities to foreign banks in the amount of € 171m and to the Eurosystem in the amount of € 78m.

March 21, 2013

Cyprus: No Hope in Sight Yet

It is still uncertain if an agreement with Russia about the sale of gas fields can be found. President of the EU commission has joined the talks in Moscow.

March 20, 2013

Cyprus Appeals for Help to Russia

In a vote on Tuesday the government has decided not to use the private money of Cyprus‘ citizens to help bail out the banks. After the rejection, the EU aid package is now off. Cyprus hopes rest on Russia at this point.

March 20, 2013

Slovenia: Highest Decrease in Construction Industry

In January 2013, compared with December 2012, the production in construction in the Eurozone was down by 1.4% and down by 1.3% in EU27-states. Slovenia experiences the highest decrease with 7.4 %.

March 19, 2013

Cyprus: Small Investors To Be Excluded From Tax

After protests among Cyprus‘ citizens arised and harsh criticism was expressed, the government now intends to exclude small savers from the compulsary tax and grant them a relief.

March 19, 2013

Poland: Tusk Appears Optimistic On 2013 Budget

Prime Minister, Donald Tusk remains hopeful on fulfilling the 2013 budget criteria, despite of a disadvantageous macro economical outlook.

March 18, 2013

Cyprus: Parliament Votes Tomorrow For Rescue Package

The Cyprian parliament is unlikely to vote in favor for the rescue package which forces bank clients to contribute with their private money.

March 18, 2013

Cyprus to Receive € 10bn in EU Aid Money

Russia being the biggest investor in Cyprus offered extension of credits. In return, austerity measures and reforms are demanded.

March 16, 2013

Future of the EU Requires Solidarity And Integration

The EU has declared the year 2013 to be the “year of citizens”. The citizens of the EU should become aware of their European identity and their rights that come along with it.

March 15, 2013

Poland Sharpens Austerity Measures

In order to fulfill the Maastricht Criteria sustainably, Poland wants to reduce the budget deficit to 1.0% of GDP in 2015.

March 15, 2013

Russia: Banks At Risk Of Losing Billions

According to rating agency Moody’s, Russians banking institutes are at risk of losing money to investments in Cyprus.

March 14, 2013

EU: Slovenia´s Economy Shrinks Fastest

Second estimate for the fourth quarter of 2012: Euro area GDP down by 0.6% and EU27 down by 0.5%. Compared with the fourth quarter of 2011, the growth rates come at -0.9% and -0.6% respectively.

March 6, 2013

Latvia: Letter Requesting the Convergence Report is Signed

The Baltic country wants to become a member of the Eurozone by 2014.

March 5, 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

Czech Republic: Economy still Down. Hopes are Up.

Specialists, despite of the current situation, predict slight economic growth for 2013 after year of recession.

March 4, 2013

Czech Republic: CNB Fights Against Recession

As the interest rate was cut to a technical zero, the Czech National Bank considers intervening against the crown.

March 4, 2013

Austria: Economic Outlook Remains Cautious

Although Austria´s economy suffers from a number of major defects, the performance is still better than in the Eurozone.

February 25, 2013

Austria Become Second Most Important Trading Partner for Hungary

Last year, only the foreign trade volume between Hungary and Germany was higher. Peter Szijjarto, spokesman of Prime Minister Viktor Orban´s party Fidesz says.

February 23, 2013

EU Commission: Austrian Growth Above EU Average

Unlike the Eurozone, Austria will record a positive growth rate this year. Within the EU, the situation is highly different.

February 22, 2013

European Economy: Nowotny Demonstrates Pessimism

This year, the economy of the Eurozone will shrink, the governor of Austrian National Bank says. Austria suffers from a weak domestic consumption, Nowotny explains.

February 15, 2013

IMF Supports Lithuania´s Aim to Enter Eurozone

In 2015, the Baltic country wants to become a member of the Eurozone. According to Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, the IMF welcomes this decision.

February 12, 2013

Klaus Recommends to Split Eurozone

According to the outgoing Czech President, the separation of the eurozone would be cheaper than maintaining the currency union.

February 7, 2013

Tusk: “Poland Becomes a Full Member of the EU”

Poland´s Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Poland will join the Fiscal Pact. The conservative opposition rejects this step.

February 2, 2013

Czech Republic Returns to Growth Slowly

According to the Czech Ministry of Finance, the recovery will be only gradual. This year, GDP is expected to increase by 0.1%.

February 2, 2013

Czech Republic: Disputes Over Fiscal Pact

In the Czech Republic, the ruling coalition parties do not have a common point of view.

January 31, 2013

Poland to Fulfill Convergence Criteria Gradually

Governor of NBP (National Bank of Poland) Marek Belka argues that the country will not meet all the Maastricht Criteria simultaneously.

January 31, 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

Slovenia: Corporate Lending Falls Considerably

Due to the difficulties in the Slovenian banking sector, the real economy suffers from a credit crunch.

January 30, 2013

„Whatever Happens to the Euro, Happens to Our Currency“

In an interview with the Austrian daily newspaper “Kurier”, Latvia´s Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis explains why Latvia joins the Eurozone. However, the Latvians are not convinced at all.

January 30, 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

Lithuania to Join Eurozone in 2015

According to Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius, the country will introduce the euro in the medium term.

January 26, 2013

Poland Has Third-Biggest Current Account Deficit

EU27 current account surplus € 28.8 bn. € 39.3bn surplus for trade in services.

January 24, 2013

Komorowski: Poland Should Join Eurozone in 2015

Poland´s President Bronislaw Komorowski said that the country should decide whether to introduce the euro in 2015.

January 23, 2013

Estonia and Bulgaria Record Lowest Public Debt in EU

Third quarter of 2012 compared with second quarter of 2012: Euro area and EU27 government debt nearly stable at 90.0% and 85.1% of GDP respectively.

January 23, 2013

Poland´s Rating Not Endangered

According to the U.S. rating agency Fitch, Poland´s “A-“ rating is “robust”.

January 21, 2013

Czech Republic: Both Presidential Candidates Want to Join Eurozone

Unlike the outgoing President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus, Milos Zeman and Karel Schwarzenberg are in favor of the euro.

January 19, 2013

Construction Output: Sharp Decrease in Slovenia and Slovakia

In the Euro area, the production in construction was down by 0.4%.

January 17, 2013

Euro Exchange Rate: Nowotny Contradicts to Juncker

According to Eurogroup-chief Jean-Claude Juncker, the exchange rate of the euro is “dangerously high”. Nowotny disagrees with Juncker.

January 16, 2013

Euro Introduction: Latvian Government Hopes for Public Support

According to Latvia´s minister of Finance Andris Vilks, at least 50% of Latvian citizens should approve the euro introduction next year.

January 16, 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

EU: Romania and Hungary Have Highest Inflation Rates

Euro area annual inflation stable at 2.2%, Eurostat says.

January 16, 2013