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NATO: 'Hard questions' on the agenda     Thu, 4 Sep '14 | 4:03 AM ET

The NATO summit in Wales has many tough questions to solve on its agenda and could lead to higher defense spending and better intelligence sharing, CNBC's Hadley Gamble reports.

The ECB will be successful in fighting deflation says Roland Boekhout, CEO of ING-Diba, arguing that the central bank has outperformed everybody's expectations over the past couple of years.

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Iceland's prime minister, says that a mobile, rapid response NATO force could have a real effect in maintaining peace in localized areas.

Jonathan Portes, director at the NIESR, discusses the Bank of England and says that so far, it has not managed expectations very well.

Former French first lady Valerie Trierweiler has released a book revealing what happened during her nine months at the Elysee Palace alongside President Francois Hollande, CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi reports.

ECB to launch QE imminently: Pro     Thu, 4 Sep '14 | 3:00 AM ET

Aymeric Forest, multi-asset fund manager at Schroders, expects the ECB to announce a QE program either on Thursday or in October to boost credit growth in the euro zone.

European market opens lower     Thu, 4 Sep '14 | 3:00 AM ET

uropean shares opened lower on Thursday ahead of rate decisions by the Bank of England and the European Central Bank.

Walter Huehn, CEO of Element Six, says that euro zone businesses are doing much better than they did two years ago -especially in southern Europe - and comments on ECB actions.

Alan Capper, head of credit strategy at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, says that Mario Draghi should reach out to the real economy and appear in mass media to boost consumers' confidence

The German economy is very solid says Roland Boekhout, CEO of ING-Diba, adding that the recent slowdown will not result in a "serious long-term slowdown" for the country.

Tony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke chair in strategy at CSIS says that the Ukrainian crisis could result in tensions along the Russian border and that NATO might have to "combine force with sanctions".

With the world's population continuing to rise, food production will be put under significant strain. CNBC takes a look at the challenges but also at the opportunities this represents.

Catherine Yeung, investor director at Fidelity, says sentiment towards the China equity market is improving and that it remains "very stock specific".

Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek minister of administrative reform and e-governance, discusses Greece's adjustment and forecasts that the country should return to growth this year for the first time in six years.

CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi discusses the upcoming Bank of England's MPC meeting following the ONS revision, which shows the U.K.'s recession was not as bad as previously thought.

ECB shouldn't buy state bonds: GSBA     Thu, 4 Sep '14 | 1:16 AM ET

Georg Fahrenschon, president at the German Savings Banks Association explains that he is opposed to the ECB buying sovereign bonds as there is "enough liquidity in the market".

Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Iceland's prime minister, discusses the country's role in NATO and says that the world might be going back "to the world of the Cold War".

Tony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke chair in strategy at CSIS, says that NATO countries need to respect the defense spending requirement otherwise "the best NATO statement in the world is hollow".

No need for BOE to hike rates: Pro     Thu, 4 Sep '14 | 12:53 AM ET

Brendan Brown, Head of Research at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities International, expects the Bank of England to leave rates unchanged on Thursday.

Lee Wee Liat, China Property Analyst at BNP Paribas, says more than half of Chinese cities have unhealthy supply and demand dynamics.

Bhaskar Laxminarayan, Asia Chief Investment Officer at Pictet Wealth Management, discusses his main concern for China. He later explains why he prefers Southeast Asian and Indian markets.

Why the BOJ held back on easing     Thu, 4 Sep '14 | 12:03 AM ET

Masayuki Kichikawa, MD & Chief Japan Economist at BoA Merrill Lynch, says the central bank is banking on corporate profitability and wage growth to lift spending.

Jeff Kingston, Professor at Temple University in Tokyo, says the cabinet reshuffle didn't address Japan's lingering issues like declining household income and wages.

US valuations: Time to get worried?     Wed, 3 Sep '14 | 11:24 PM ET

Kumar Palghat, Founder & Director of Kapstream Capital, says U.S. valuations are worrying because the economic recovery isn't getting support from other parts of the world.

Tracking the issue of food security     Wed, 3 Sep '14 | 11:13 PM ET

Eric Stryson, Director at 'Global Institute For Tomorrow', says food security needs to be examined with special focus on consumption and wastage. He later discusses China's food safety issues.

If the central bank doesn't offer more easing in the near term, the euro may pop higher, says Hamish Pepper, Forex Strategist, Asia Pacific at Barclays.

Falling wages and a massive government deficit are some of the reasons why Abenomics is a disaster, says Michael Pento, President at Pento Portfolio Strategies.

Asia is home to the world's most active online shoppers, according to a new report. CNBC's Martin Soong and Oriel Morrison discuss.

Should you get out of stocks?     Wed, 3 Sep '14 | 10:17 PM ET

John Buckingham, Chief Investment Officer at Al Frank Asset Management, explains why he disagrees with U.S. billionaire Sam Zell who advised investors to trim stocks and hold cash.

Willem Nabarro, Head of European Equities for Asia at Exane-BNP Paribas, expects the central bank to take action on Thursday, which could lower the euro to 1.25 by year-end.

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