A mutual future?

Regulations like Solvency II will have a significant impact on mutuals across Europe. Francesca Nyman asks whether the model will survive.

Q&A: Vienna Insurance Group CEO Gunter Geyer

While the economic turmoil of the Eurozone crisis and heavy catastrophe losses eroded the bottom line of many European insurers in 2011, Vienna Insurance Group enjoyed the most profitable year in the group’s history, and avoided having its A+ credit…

Bancassurance in CEE: opportunities for growth

Some view Central and Eastern Europe as behind Western Europe, but bancassurance could help to change this. Thomas Schöllkopf takes a look at the motives and opportunities for growth offered by this alternative sales channel.

Joining up the approach to weather in the Balkans

Weather related catastrophes are common in the Balkans but there is a perception there that the government will always be on hand to help. However, as Sam Barrett explains the only way forward is to create and develop a market to enable the transfer of…

Profits dip for Allianz in growth European markets

Allianz in Central and Eastern Europe saw total premiums grow by 8 percent in the first quarter of 2010, reaching Euros 1.1 bn. Operating profit in the first quarter of 2010 amounted to Euros 66m, compared to Euros 78m euros in the same period of 2009.

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