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In pursuit of a banking union: navigating a dis-united Europe

Nineteen eurozone countries with as many legal systems, 23 officially recognised languages, 3,500 banks and just one supervisor. Sceptics say the ECB’s Single Supervisory Mechanism (SSM) has an impossible task. In the first year alone, it has achieved an enormous amount, but the hard work may be just beginning, writes Virginia Furness.

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