Reference : The Ongoing Struggle to 'Protect' Europe from its Money Men
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The Ongoing Struggle to 'Protect' Europe from its Money Men
Howarth, David mailto [University of Luxembourg > Faculty of Language and Literature, Humanities, Arts and Education (FLSHASE) > Identités, Politiques, Sociétés, Espaces (IPSE) >]
Buckley, James [> >]
Quaglia, Lucia mailto [> >]
Journal of Common Market Studies
Blackwell Publishing
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[en] Financial Regulation ; Banking Systems ; European Union ; Political Economy ; Capital Requirements Directive ; Basel III
[en] This analysis of two of the main pieces of EU financial legislation developed in 2011 demonstrates the extent to which they were designed and subsequently shaped to respond to the preoccupations of powerful EU member states linked to domestic institutional frameworks and national financial systems. On OTC derivatives, EMIR was modified to accommodate German concerns about the incompatibility of the national stock exchange, a major European player in trading and clearing derivatives, with the legislation as initially drafted by the Commission. The CRDIV-CRR was drafted by the Commission to take into consideration European specificities in the implementation of international guidelines on capital requirements and, in particular, French and German concerns on, respectively, the double counting of insurance subsidiary capital and the use of hybrid capital to meet minimum capital thresholds and the definition of liquidity ratios. The Commission’s draft and subsequent positioning directly challenged British and other member state government preference to push for higher requirements in order to reinforce the stability of nationally-based banks and avoid a repeat of 2007-09 when huge amounts of public money were spent to avoid bank collapse.

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