Interesting news this week as Belgium-based Optima Bank has been shut down by both the National Bank of Belgium (which also acts as the Belgian regulating body) as well as the ECB. According to the national supervisor, the bank would have been unable to meet its commitments to its clients and was forced to cease all banking activities after some potentially fraudulent transaction were unveiled.
It’s surprising to see the main media have tried to keep this silent as even the website of the National Bank of Belgium didn’t bother to issue the press release in English (whereas all other press releases on the home page can be read in English). There’s no statement from the ECB either, nor has this news been translated on the English version of website of the state-owned national television station. Continue reading
LEADERS of the eurozone must reform their economies to save the bloc from another explosive crisis, the chief of the European Central Bank (ECB) said today.
Mario Draghi urged euro leaders to make changes to labour markets, as the bloc’s economy continues to struggle with low growth and high unemployment.
The chief said ageing populations are a huge problem for the jobs market that will start to hack away at the eurozone’s potential in the coming years.