European shares closed higher on Thursday, after a business activity index showed the euro zone rebounded in July.» Read More
Antonio Barroso, senior vice president at Teneo Intelligence, says the while the opposition is likely to win more votes during France's local elections, the ruling Socialist party will be able to limit the damage.
James McCormack, managing director at Fitch Ratings, explains that it has removed the U.S. from negative watch because of improvements in the country's fiscal picture.
European markets closed higher on Friday, capping off a busy week which saw investors absorb positive U.S. data and cast aside concerns about the Federal Reserve's monetary policy and heightened tensions between Russia and the West.
Ian Whittaker, media analyst at Liberum Capital, says that while Bouygues has dialed up its offer to take over Vivendi's SFR business, rival Altice is still in leading position to acquire the unit.
The European Commission condemns Turkey's move to block access to Twitter as it violates freedom of speech, Neelie Kroes, European commissioner for digital agenda, tells CNBC.
James McCormack, managing director at Fitch Ratings, discusses the impact sanctions will have on the Russian economy and says risks to the country's outlook are to the downside.
David Hauner, head of EEMEA fixed income and economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, says Turkish political risks are underestimated and there is a risk of further escalation within the coming months.
Increased sanctions against Russia and its credit rating being put on negative watch, announced Thursday, were already making their impact felt Friday morning.
U.K. prime minister David Cameron calls on the EU to act with a "clear and united voice" to sanction Russia's "unacceptable" behavior.
Political and diplomatic isolation will hurt Putin's pride says Lithuania president, Dalia Grybauskaité, adding that Russia should be suspended from the G8.
Eugene Weinberg, head of commodities research at Commerzbank, expects gold to reach $1,400 by the end of the year, and says this "conservative" forecast is based on expectations of a stronger dollar.
European stocks closed slightly higher on Thursday, despite concerns about the unwinding of ultra-easy monetary policy in the U.S. and as Ukrainian concerns began to creep back into the markets.
The ECB welcomes the EU banking union deal, says the central bank's President Mario Draghi, adding that the region needs a mechanism that "is properly funded."
Alexander Stubb, Finalnd's minister for European affairs and foreign trade, says that while there isn't much that can be done to counter Russia's annexation of Crimea, Europe is acting in a united way.
Ukraine is still reeling from the apparent loss of Crimea and trouble on its Eastern borders, but economic battles may ultimately be more important.
Diego Moya-Ocampos, senior Latin America analyst at IHS, discusses the ongoing protests in Venezuela and what it means for the government.
European shares closed mostly lower on Wednesday, with the U.K. budget pushing the FTSE 100 down, although a rally in the autos sector boosted the DAX after a financial update from BMW.
Patrick Sayer, CEO of Eurazeo, says the group is investing 285 million euros in Desigual because of its potential to grow outside Europe and the U.S., notably in South America and Asia.
Wolfgang Schreider, chairman and CEO at Bentley Motors, comments on the group's "record year" in 2013 and its strategy - which includes the world's first luxury SUV. He also names the Queen as his favorite customer.
Simon Wells, chief U.K. economist at HSBC, and Jeremy Stretch, head of foreign exchange strategy at CIBC, discuss the U.K. budget's winners, plus its impact on sterling.