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European closed down on Wednesday, amid concern over violence in Iraq and mixed data out of the U.S.
Peter Attard Montalto, emerging market economist at Nomura, discusses the political scandal in Poland, saying it has put the independence and credibility of the central back in question.
Kokou Agbo-Bloua, head of equity and derivative strategy for Europe at BNP Paribas, says that Pfizer is likely to submit another bid to acquire AstraZeneca as a deal would still make "a lot of sense".
Philip Hoffman, chief executive at The Fine Art Group, says that there will be a "huge amount" of money poured into the art market this week, with several auctions taking place.
Morris Reid, managing director at Mercury, comments on the latest developments in Iraq and says that ultimately the U.S will "step up and do the right thing."
European shares closed mixed on Tuesday, struggling after the release of worse-than-expected data for Germany.
Tatiana Orlova, senior economist for Russia, CIS and Israel at RBS, says that President Vladimir Putin's comments on the ceasefire between Ukraine and rebel leaders are positive for all Russian assets.
Patrick Kron, CEO of Alstom, says that the cash from GE will be reinvested in the three joint ventures created by the deal, and that some will be returned to shareholders.
Joaquim Levy, CEO of Brodesco, says that emerging market fixed income is more attractive than U.S. high yield.
Stephen Roper of Warwick Business School says that U.K. mid-market firms should outpace their European rivals this year, and discusses the main challenges for them.
Tom Caddick, head of fund management at Santander Asset Management, says multi-asset investing is a long-term strategy. He also outlines his stance of equities.
European shares closed down on Monday, after disappointing data out of the euro zone and ongoing turmoil in Iraq.
Matthew Elliot, CEO of Business for Britain, says the U.K. should renegotiate its membership of the European Union to bolster its influence in some key sectors, especially finance.
Matthieu Rolin, fund manager at Prigest, says that the Alstom/GE deal is good for shareholders and solves Alstom's cash problem. He argues that Bouygues is the real winner from this deal.
Edward Bonham Carter, vice chairman at Jupiter Asset Management, says that after such a "strong run", investors should be cautious and that the global market environment is "artificial".
Norway's finance minister Siv Jensen, says the country has built up a "massive bureacracy" and needs structural reform to grow faster.
Chris Gadd, soft commodities analyst at Macquarie Group, says that the rising price of chocolate is a "two part story", as demand has grown while production is relatively stagnant.
Tom Gearing, director of Cult Wine, talks about the potential returns from fine wine investing.
Barak Mendelsohn, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, says that the Iraq crisis further destabilizes the Middle East. However, he is unconvinced that international intervention is needed.
Nigel Travis, CEO of Dunkin' Brands, discusses the group's expansion into Europe and says Germany is the "really exciting" story. He also comments on the group's coffee success.