Patty Duijm, Dirk Schoenmaker, 21 June 2018

The European economy is recovering, and banks are thinking once more about mergers. This column demonstrates that, while cross-border mergers have been predicted before, most European bank mergers have consistently been domestic. Regulatory hurdles and relatively low concentration in some of the countries of Europe suggest this may continue.

Francesca Cornelli, 30 January 2017

The crisis of confidence in Europe is linked to the crisis of confidence in European banks. In this video, Francesca Cornelli discusses the importance of banks for businesses' growth. This video was recorded at the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis in September 2016.

Lorenzo Codogno, 25 January 2017

A strong banking sector is necessary for a sustainable recovery in the Eurozone. In this video, Lorenzo Codogno underlines the main weaknesses in the sector. This video was recorded at the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis in September 2016.

Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi, 16 January 2017

In Europe, banks finance 80% of activities. In this video, Piroska Nagy Mohacsi discusses the weaknesses of EU regulation when it comes to dealing with banks. This video was recorded at the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis in September 2016.

Patricia Jackson, 07 November 2016

EU investment banks struggle to compete with US banks. In this video, Patricia Jackson discusses the need to build up capital markets in Europe. This video was recorded at the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis in September 2016.

Lucrezia Reichlin, 02 November 2016

The financial system in Europe is mostly composed of banks. In this video, Lucrezia Reichlin discusses the flaws of the bank resolution framework. This video was recorded at the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis in September 2016.

, 31 October 2016

European banks are in crisis for structural and cyclical reasons. In this video, Alessandro Penati discusses the role of technology for banks. This video was recorded at the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis in September 2016.

Ashoka Mody, 28 October 2016

Is it possible to deal with the European banks' crisis in a timely way? Ashoka Mody stresses the urgent need for actions to downisze the European banking sector. This video was recorded at the Brevan Howard Centre for Financial Analysis in September 2016.

Stephen Cecchetti, Kim Schoenholtz, 15 August 2016

The UK’s Brexit referendum is providing us with the first significant test of the new regulatory system. This column asks whether banks have sufficient capital and liquidity to withstand the ‘shock’. Unless the global financial system as a whole is well capitalised, it remains only as strong as its weakest link.  And while the UK authorities have done a reasonable job of strengthening their banks and financial system, a number of large European banks are seriously undercapitalised.  

Kamil Yilmaz, 25 September 2011

The IMF claims that European banks are in need of capital injections; the ECB disagrees. This column looks at the issue from a different angle. It uses daily bank stock price data to calculate a volatility connectedness index as a measure of how shocks to bank share prices are spread to others. As of 7 September, the index reached its historical high, indicating that major European bank stocks are connected in a state of high volatility.

Daniel Gros, Stefano Micossi, 30 October 2008

The euro is plunging and EU banks are coming under renewed pressure. There is a strong demand for ‘European’ bonds as well as a need for massive government capital infusions to prevent the crisis from getting worse in the banking sector and the European periphery. This is why the EU should set up a massive European Financial Stability Fund.

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