Problems have continued to mount for the German banking sector in 2019. According to Ronit Ghose, the global head of banks research at Citibank, German lenders are in a much worse position than their European counterparts—and that even includes Italy when it comes to profitability.
The European debt crisis demonstrated not only the fragility of the bloc to external shocks, but it also showcased the glaring inequality within the European nations. It was a reminder that the impact falling across the Eurozone is not only severe but also unequal.
Paying a fee to deposit money in a bank savings account is a concept most people cannot fathom, but German banks have begun to charge wealthier retail customers. Bank managers claim this is a result of the ECB’s negative interest rates, which penalize them for holding funds with the ECB.