*Portugal to more than halve deficit by end-2015, then more. LISBON, March 9- Portugal's international bailout is expected to end in mid-May. To avoid a repeat of the 78 billion euro financial rescue agreed in May 2011 with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, Lisbon cannot let up on shrinking its budget gap and trimming a huge sovereign debt.» Read More
Maxime Alimi, Euro area economist at AXA IM, tells CNBC that if you look at the numbers, French government spending will still be up, just not as high as it was before.
Stephane Pedrazzi previews the French budget which is set to focus on spending cuts rather than tax rises.
Mark Grant, Southwest Securities, explains why the euro zone still has some tough economic challenges to face, as Europe grapples with lingering financial liabilities.
Yiannis Millios, economic advisor to Greece's SYRIZA Party, tells CNBC that the country needs to "change course", have new elections and negotiate for a new debt agreement with a "growth clause".
Elena Panaritis, economist and founder at Thought 4 Action, says Greece should reform its governance system to stem the growing social discontent and rise of the far right.
Nikos Christodoulakis, former Greek finance minister, tells CNBC that Greece needs money from the European Union in the form of structural funds and new private investment. .
Miranda Xafa, CEO or EF Consulting and former IMF board member, tells CNBC that the recession in Greece is bottoming out but the recovery is likely to be L shaped.
Nick Malkoutzi, deputy editor at eKathimerini, tells CNBC that social cohesion in Greece is at breaking point and the government wants to point it out to the Troika.
When is a socialist not a socialist? Perhaps when he advocates cutting public spending rather than raising taxes -- as French Finance Minister Pierre Moscovici has done.
Satyajit Das, author of Extreme Money, tells CNBC that the rally in equities was driven by 3 things, all of which have gone and after the German elections we'll be back to where we were in Europe.
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew explains why he is urging Congress to raise the debt ceiling as the nation fast approaches its debt limit by mid-October, with CNBC's John Harwood.
Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics; Jeffrey Mortimer, BNY Mellon Wealth Management, and Marcus Lemonis, CNBC's "The Profit" host, discuss the key factors impacting the markets, as the Dow is on track to post its biggest monthly loss since last May.
Were the pundits wrong? John Carney, Jeff Cox and company debate the merits of austerity measures in the latest episode of NetNetTV.
Nick Malkoutzis, deputy editor at Kathimerini, tells CNBC that there is concern in the US that austerity is creating a big mess in Greece's economy and other European economies.
Mujtaba Rahman, head of Europe practice in Eurasia, tells CNBC that Germany will not write down loans for Greece until after the election.
John Studzinski, senior managing director, at The Blackstone Group, tells CNBC that German federal elections in September will finally "put to bed" the argument of austerity across Europe.
Miguel Frasquilho, member of the Portguese Parliament from the Social Democratic Party, says that the Portuguese ruling coalition is "very stable" and that the problem lies with European guidelines and not Portugal.
Joao Galamba, member of the Portuguese Parliament from the Socialist Party, says the Portuguese political crisis is a consequence of the "failed" financial aid program that "can¿t work".
Cecilia Meireles, member of the Portuguese National Policy Committee, talks about Portugal's commitment to the Troika's financial aid program.
Otto Dichtl, managing director at Stifel Nicolaus, says that despite a lot of risks, Portuguese bonds look "relatively cheaper" than other European bonds.