The Bank of England has lifted curbs on dividend for banks. Photograph: iStock

The Bank of England scrapped its remaining pandemic curbs on dividends paid by HSBC, Barclays and other top lenders with immediate effect on Tuesday, (...)

Societe Generale SA, France’s second-largest bank, named former European Central Bank board member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi chairman as it separates the post from that of chief executive officer.  (Photograph: Judith White/Bloomberg News)

Societe Generale SA, France’s second-largest bank, named former European Central Bank board member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi chairman as it separates the po(...)

Following the stress tests, the European Central Bank concluded that 25 institutions, nine of them Italian, would need to add a total of €25 billion in capital. Photograph: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters

Will the asset quality review and stress tests conducted by the European Central Bank and the European Banking Authority mark a turning point in the e(...)

Otmar Issing, former ECB chief economist: claims that everything would be fine if everyone balanced their budgets and stopped asking for bailouts. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP

An interesting open-air debate has erupted between current and ex-members of the ECB governing council over what to do next. A motley collectio(...)