Ukraine declares the end of the Easter truce, heightening concerns of an escalation of the crisis - and the possibility of Russian intervention.
French cable company Numericable's debt issue is set to beat previous records and mark the changing cycles of the markets post-credit crisis.
Greece had a primary surplus of 0.8 percent of GDP last year, the European Commission said on Wednesday.
France has outlined a slower roadmap to reduce its chronic deficit, based on growth assumptions described by an independent watchdog as risky.
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Deborah Hargreaves, director of the High Pay Centre, says more reforms are needed to rein in executives' pay, as shareholders can't necessarily do it on their own.
Maxime Alimi, economist at AXA IM, says that France's chances of reaching its budget deficit target of 3 percent this year are "pretty slim", as many of the government's measures are "temporary".
European shares closed lower on Wednesday as investors reacted to a slew of earnings news and data released in the euro zone, China and the U.S.