Banks in Moldova lend $1 billion to mysterious beneficiaries and cripple economy

THE disappearance of more than $1 billion from three Moldavian banks has nearly crippled the tiny former Soviet country’s economy, and its people wants answers.

The huge sum of money accounts for nearly 20 per cent of Moldova’s banking system in terms of assets, and represents an eighth of its entire gross domestic product, according to Reuters.

The case of the missing money only came to light after the Central Bank of Moldova found that three banks had given out loans totalling more than $1 billion. Continue reading

Greece wants to start charging people for cash withdrawals to prevent a run on banks

The cash-strapped Greek government has introduced a surcharge at cashpoints to prevent Greek citizens from withdrawing their cash.

A senior finance ministry official said: “The surcharge is just one of a grab-bag of measures we are considering if things get tough.”

Withdrawals exceeded €15 billion in the run up to the February elections that catapulted Alexis Tsipras and the far-left Syriza government to power. Greek residents were reported to have stashed wads of money behind bathroom tiles and under floorboards.

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