EU regulators overseeing next year’s long-awaited stress tests of the region’s banks are preparing to penalise any lender that remains reliant on the (...)

ECB HQ in Frankfurt: there is concern in EU circles that next year’s bank stress tests could threaten the EU’s very early-stage economic recovery and the relative market stability that has taken hold since last year’s pledge by the ECB to “do whatever it takes” to preserve the euro

Euro zone banks could be forgiven for feeling a little bit nervous these days, as they await their fate at the hands of the ultimate big Daddy, the Eu(...)

European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said  he expected no disasters to come to light in forthcoming financial health checks on the region’s banks, which would be rigorous. Photograph: John Schults/Reuters

National backstops are expected to be in place to deal with capital holes that might be uncovered by next year’s European bank stress tests, the head (...)

Healthcare workers and supporters take part in a protest against the local government’s plans to cut public healthcare spending in Madrid last month. Photograph:  Reuters

The fast-moving political developments in Italy have pushed the country into the spotlight, but in Brussels the drama has come as no surprise.Ever sin(...)

The top 42 banks in the European Union would need an extra €70.4 billion of capital to comply with new rules that take full effect in 2019, the bloc’s(...)

Fiona Muldoon director of Credit Institutions and Insurance Supervision at the Central Bank: said the single supervisory mechanism would most likely become operational in the fourth quarter of 2014

Finance Correspondent and The new single supervisory mechanism for supervising banks in the euro zone will “introduce a healthy distance” between the(...)

Executive board member of the European Central Bank, Jörg Asmussen, said  private investment would be the first port of call if a bank needs more capital. Photograph: Reuters

National governments may be forced to contribute to future bank recapitalisations if next year’s European bank stress tests reveal shortfalls in the (...)

German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble’s suggestion that Greece would need a third bailout put the euro crisis on the election campaign agenda.   Photograph: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

European finance ministers meettomorrow in Vilniusfor the first time since June for their six-monthly “informal” gathering.Traditionally, informal cou(...)

The European Central Bank (ECB) hopes to begin work on an asset quality review of major banks in the 17 eur ozone countries later this year.

Banks across the European Union will be asked to use a single definition for bad loans in the upcoming review of their loan books, a senior EU regulat(...)

In 2010, one retail banker in Ireland was included in the data. This is likely to be former AIB executive director Colm Doherty, who earned €2.7 million in 2010, according to the bank’s annual report for that year.  Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Twenty one bankers in Ireland received €1 million or more in remuneration in 2011, according to data published yesterday by the European Banking Autho(...)

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