Portugal could back widespread spending cuts and tax rises as the country center-right ruling coalition is on course to win an election on Sunday.» Read More
Nomura and Societe Generale are the latest banks to warn about gold, as several banks in recent days have cut their price forecasts and warnings about a correction for bullion have risen.
European shares ended slightly lower on Thursday, held back by a post-results slump for British insurer Aviva, and some said they expected the pullback to continue in the short term.
Kevin Gardiner, head of investment strategy at Barclays, tells CNBC that from a narrow investor viewpoint, European stock markets have the edge over most other asset classes.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on Thursday's market-moving stories from Europe.
John Authers, senior investment columnist at the Financial Times, tells CNBC that the ECB is divided when deciding which policy avenue to follow.
Michael Mewes, portfolio manager at JPMorgan Asset Management, tells CNBC that the market reaction to the ECB press conference was completely out of context, with a "non-event" Draghi speech.
European Central Bank President Mario Draghi called on euro zone governments to implement structural reforms on Thursday, warning that the economy should stabilize later in 2013 but that downside risks to growth remained.
An Italian court sentenced Silvio Berlusconi on Thursday to one year in jail over the publication by his newspaper of a transcript of a leaked wiretap.
Prime Minister David Cameron said on Thursday that the Bank of England had to play its part in getting Britain's economy growing and said the government must curb spending and borrowing.
Helmut Siekmann, professor at the Goethe University Frankfurt explains why he believes the ECB will not change its monetary policy in the coming few months.
Alan Higgins, chief investment officer, UK, Coutts, , argues that future monetary policy in Europe should be more creative with quantitative easing going beyond gilts. He is joined by Jan Randolph, head of sovereign risk, IHS Global Insight.
Steen Jakobsen, chief economist at Saxo Bank discusses the continuing stock market rally despite disappointing economic data.
An alliance between Beppe Grillo's anti-establishment 5-Star Movement and Italy's center-left could pave the way for tough conflict of interest rules, forcing Silvio Berlusconi to choose between politics or his vast media empire.
The Bank of England kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.5 percent and kept the size of its asset purchase program at 375 billion pounds on Thursday.
France's jobless rate rose further in the last three months of 2012 to its highest since the second quarter of 1999, showing the challenge the government faces as it seeks to make good on a goal to reverse the upward trend by the end of the year.
Corporate buybacks have surpassed the $1 trillion mark for the first time since 2009, a sign the credit boom is reaching new heights, according to one chief market strategist.
Juergen Michels, European Economist at Citi, tells CNBC that Citi expect an ECB rate cut to come in April rather than today, as the body is forced to revise its targets down.
Ashok Vaswani, CEO of Barclays Retail and Business Banking and Thea Green, CEO and founder of Nails Inc. discuss the dilemma of youth unemployment in Europe.
Italy's Monte dei Paschi di Siena is seeking damages of at least 1.2 billion euros ($1.56 billion) from two former executives and investment banks Nomura and Deutsche Bank over derivative trades, a judicial source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters.
The European Central Bank will eschew dramatic action to help Italy or other euro zone countries caught up in its backwash, despite the threat of political turmoil in Rome reigniting the bloc's debt crisis.
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Rui Tavares of Portugal's LIVRE Party discusses possible outcomes of Sunday's national election and why he thinks Portugal needs change.