*FTSE up but pares gains as UK external deficit rises. LONDON, Dec 23- A fall in Greek stocks kept a lid on gains in European equities on Tuesday, as the Athens bourse was hit by the prospect of early elections that could put Greece's rescue package at risk. The Bank of Spain raised its economic forecast while Portugal's budget deficit shrank.» Read More
Frank Appel, CEO of Deutsche Post DHL, says the company has its own drones, after Amazon revealed it was testing drones to deliver packages last year.
Rob Subbaraman, Chief Economist, Asia ex-Japan at Nomura, says Asia has seen a deterioration in fundamentals over the past five years and must implement painful supply-side reforms.
Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero says the euro was a "straightjacket" for Spain at the beginning of the crisis.
Euclid Tsakalotos, member of the Greek parliament for Syriza, discusses the Greek bailout and says creditors hope the country is not on track, as it allows them to pile on the pressure for more reforms.
António Pires de Lima, Portugal's Minister of Economy, says that the higher financing costs for Portuguese companies are unfair, and that it's time for the banking union to be implemented.
Antonio Pires de Lima, Portugal's economy minister, reiterates Portugal's commitment to reach its deficit target and says the government has made sure to comply with the constitution when drafting its budget.
Guiliano Noci, associate dean at MIP Politecnico di Milano, argues that nothing has changed in Italy following the confidence vote, and that Germany should change its approach to southern European countries.
Karine Berger, Member of Parliament for the socialist party & member of Finance Commission at the National Assembly, tells CNBC that they want to sustain growth and recovery in France next year.
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.