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As a showdown over Ukraine escalates, Russia and its allies in the European private sector are working to ensure they can keep their economic ties.
Some of the biggest names in European business have further complicated the dilemma currently facing Mario Draghi.
Expectations are building that the ECB may consider QE to stimulate the economy, but some say it might not be the panacea investors are hoping for.
With capital flooding out of the country, the stock market falling, the Crimea seizure is turning out to be a costly move.
Jen Psaki of the State Department suggested that Vladimir Putin could be sanctioned by the US over the crisis in Ukraine, but not immediately.
The eurozone periphery countries will have debt payments more than three times as much as the rest of the single currency area.
Tight money would be an inappropriate policy stance for the euro area which continues to struggle with a weak and uncertain economic recovery.
The number of Britons tapping food banks for emergency provisions nearly tripled in the last 12 months, a charity said on Wednesday.
Geoff Lewis, Global Market Strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, says a recovery in the U.S. and Europe can provide stabilization for commodities in the second-quarter.
Maria Luís Albuquerque, finance minister of Portugal, says deflation is a "serious concern" for the country but is glad that the European Central Bank is considering "unconventional" monetary policies.
Antonio Roldan Mones, analyst at Eurasia Group, says Portugal has a "huge issue" with the long-term sustainability of its debt.
Maria Luís Albuquerque, finance minister of Portugal, says there is not a single solution to fight deflation for all of the countries that are part of the euro.
As long as instability remains contained within the borders of Ukraine, Jonathan Pain, Author of the Pain report, says global financial markets will slowly become 'desensitized' to it.
Christian Whiton, Principal at DC International Advisory, says ongoing events in eastern Ukraine may see a repeat of Russia's actions in Crimea.
Economic growth seems solid, but the ECB stands "ready to act" if the euro remains strong, Banque de France chief Christian Noyer said.
The euro is a drag on our objective of price stability, says Christian Noyer, Banque de France governor, discussing his concerns over the euro and the potential European QE.
Christian Schulz, senior economist at Berenberg Bank, says the French economy is still trying to tackle "massive leaks".
Mario Draghi, president of the ECB, says the sustained period of low interest rates could have "financial stability implications" for the euro zone.
Maarten Wetselaar, Executive VP, Integrated Gas Business at Shell, says gas prices in Europe are currently lower, indicating a lack of concern about geopolitical tensions in Ukraine.
Sean Callow, Senior Currency Strategist at Westpac, discusses the euro after the European Central Bank chief said a further appreciation of the currency could trigger more stimulus.
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