Ben Hall is joined by Peter Spiegel, Brussels bureau chief and Neil Buckley, East Europe editor to discuss Europe’s response to Russia’s summary annexation of Crimea, the first such grab for sovereign territory by a European nation since the second world war. President Vladimir Putin’s move has prompted outrage in European capitals, and the muscular tone of his speech to the Duma on Tuesday will have triggered some alarm about Russian intentions. But Europe’s response so far seems timid, as governments weigh their economic interests with standing up to Russian aggression.
As Russian banks and corporations begin to make alternative plans in anticipation of asset freezes in the US and Europe, Patrick Jenkins is joined by Martin Arnold, Daniel Schäfer, Sharlene Goff and Neil Buckley, east europe editor, to discuss the ripples being caused in the banking world by events in Ukraine. The team also look at the banks suspending bonuses for those under investigation in the forex scandal and at Barclays where senior exec bonuses are set to drop. Finally, they discuss UniCredit’s aim to sell or float its Pioneer Investments arm as conditions in the Italian economy make a sale more likely
Art and Mammon are uneasy bedfellows: witness the recent furore over the Sydney Biennale. The solution, says the FT’s arts writer, is for institutions to embrace debates over their funding, not run from them
With investors focused on geopolitical risk and evidence of a Chinese slowdown, Delphine Strauss, currencies correspondent, asks Bhanu Baweja, head of emerging market cross asset strategy at UBS, how to explain the relative stability in emerging markets currencies. Also, what are the knock-on effects of China curbing carry trade in the renminbi – and what is up with the Chilean peso?
How can pension contributions and student debt affect your mortgage offer? Also in this week’s show, FT investment correspondent David Oakley talks about the man taking over at Invesco, and Elaine Moore discusses the impact of Lloyds’ restructuring on retail investors
While the crisis in Ukraine has grabbed the headlines, Venezuela, once the toast of the radical left around the world, has also been in the grip of a violent political crisis. In the last three weeks, protests have left at least 20 dead. Gideon Rachman is joined by Latin American editor John Paul Rathbone, and correspondent Andres Schipani to discuss the background to the situation, and where the country goes from here.
Patrick Jenkins is joined by Sam Fleming, Daniel Schäfer, Sharlene Goff and Martin Arnold to discuss the latest on the Forex scandal, as estimates of the total amount of fines begin to circulate, ranging from $5-30bn. They also look at executive pay at the Co-op Bank, where shareholders and bondholders are expected to be asked to waive the new EU bonus cap and approve packages worth 200 per cent of salary. Finally, things are looking up for Greece, where the sovereign bond yield has dropped to 7 per cent and domestic banks’ share offerings are being well received
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