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Features : Seeking Out Growth

REGIONAL REPORT / NORDIC BANKING As Nordic banks look further outside their home markets for growth, the rewards—and also the risks—are increasing. Over the past few years, banks in the Nordic region have benefited from highly favorable economic conditions across ...


Milestones : Sepa Rollout Faces More Hurdles

EUROPE       Desmares: Corporates cool on SEPA. Businesses and public sector organizations operating in Europe have until 2010 to abandon existing national payment instruments and adopt new pan-European credit transfer and direct debits. At least that is the ...


Newsmakers : Trichet Urges Better Risk Control

EUROPE     Trichet: Questions investors' reliance on credit ratings. The subprime mortgage crisis in the US has forced the president of the European Central Bank (ECB) to speak out about the new sources of risk being created by the ...


Newsmakers : Few Cities Attain ‘knowledge Hub’ Status

Europe     Stockholm: One of 15 knowledge hubs. With just over two years to go, the European Commission’s Lisbon Agenda initiative to transform Europe into the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world by 2010 appears to ...


Milestones : London Takes The Lead For Commerce

Global     London: The "epicenter of world commerce" London is perhaps best known for major tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge and Madame Tussaud’s, but now it has a new moniker as the epicenter of commerce globally, ...


Newsmakers : Airbus Gets A Lift As New Orders Pour In

France     Louis Gallois: Delivering good news Louis Gallois, president and CEO of Airbus, was all smiles at the Paris Air Show last month. Europe’s leading commercial aircraft manufacturer had some good news to announce—deals worth more than $40 ...


Milestones : Interest Rates Hobble Spanish Businesses

SPAIN     Spanish companies, which have been on a huge buying and expansion kick fueled by a strong domestic economy, face growing funding concerns as European Central Bank rate hikes look set to continue. As the economy is slowing, ...