German: Grim repo

German repo-traders are besieging the Bundesbank with complaints that its minimum-reserve requirement is killing their business.

Saudi Arabia: Financing a future beyond oil

While rising oil prices are easing Saudi Arabia's immediate economic problems - a deep budget deficit and depleted foreign reserves - the country needs to make structural changes, cut spending and create new jobs to reduce its dependence on volatile oil.

Liechtenstein: So far but no further

Liechtenstein's ruler, Prince Hans-Adam, was so sure of the benefits of closer economic ties with the rest of western Europe that he threatened to abdicate if his subjects rejected EEA membership.