Our biggest stories of the week are …
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This week's view from Europe, courtesy of Edith Rigler:
- Moving to e-procurement can deliver huge savings – European Commission, 20 April 2012
- Credit squeeze in Eastern European – Handelsblatt, 21 May 2012
- “Geuro” as parallel currency for Greece – Handelsblatt, 22 May 2012
- “Lost generation” flees to Germany – Handelsblatt , 21 May 2012
- How Jo Ackermann halved Deutsche Bank – Handelsblatt, 21 May 2012
- German corporates remain optimistic – Handelsblatt, 21 May 2012
The major general news stories of the week include …
HSBC postpones plans to leave UK 'indefinitely' – The Telegraph
Stuart Gulliver, HSBC's chief executive, has said the bank had decided to drop "indefinitely" plans to look at moving its headquarters from London to Hong Kong.
HSBC's Greek branches ready for drachma – The Independent
HSBC has set out contingency plans for all its 15 Greek branches to cope with a return of the drachma.
HSBC machines hit by IT failure – BBC
UK customers of HSBC report problems using cash machines, making card payments and online transactions, but the bank says the problem is fixed.
NBNK 'in Catch-22' over Lloyds sell-off – The Telegraph
NBNK is struggling to convince Lloyds Banking Group it has the requisite financial firepower to buy the 632 branches the high street bank is trying to sell.
Double trouble at JP Morgan: trader's losses could exceed $7bn - The Independent
The crisis at JP Morgan escalated yesterday as it emerged its trading losses in London could rise to as much as $7bn (£4.5bn) and the US bank cancelled a share buyback. Fears were growing that the losses could spiral from an initial $2bn, which was declared on 10 May, as
Zuckerberg loses friends on Wall Street as regulators probe $19bn slump - The Independent
Facebook's $104bn stock market flotation descended into anger and recrimination last night, as shares in the social network slumped further in value and regulators investigated whether important information was kept hidden from some investors.
UK warned of credit downgrade - The Independent
The UK will lose its prized triple-A credit rating next year as a result of the recession and the euro crisis, according to one of the City's most respected bond fund managers.
Greece: The upside of default - BBC
Why a Greek default wouldn't spell the end of the world
Eurozone nations have been advised to draw up emergency plans to handle Greece's possible exit from the single currency, it emerged last night.
IIF: Spain's bank losses could hit €260bn - The Telegraph
Spanish bank loan losses could hit €260bn (£210bn), with the industry likely to need some €60bn euros in outside help to stay afloat, the International Institute of Finance said Monday.
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