The U.K. recovery remains fragile says BT chairman, Michael Rake, adding that weak investments and political instability continue to weigh.» Read More
European stocks closed higher on Monday, boosted by a strong demand for Spanish shares after the country was upgraded by Moody's Investors Service.
Cosimo Pacciani, London banker and school friend of Italy's prime minister, Matteo Renzi, discusses Renzi's leadership style and the targets he has set to reform the country's politics and economy.
Michael Arougheti, CEO of Ares Capital, discusses the growing European non-bank lending market and says that non-bank lenders have "become the banks of today."
HTC Chairwoman Cher Wang tells CNBC that 2014 will be a great year for the group due to "uncompromising technology" and its "very good" communication strategy.
Pierre Louette, Orange deputy CEO and group secretary general, says that the European telecommunications market is highly fragmented, and discusses regulation.
Veronica Voronina, founder of The Anonymous, discusses the growing demand for concierges from wealthy entrepreneurs in Russia and Brazil.
Gareth McCartney of UBS says the uptick in public listings in Europe will continue, boosted by the quality of assets coming to market, and the breadth of sectors and regions.
European stocks closed higher on Friday, with France's CAC 40 posting a five-and-half-year high.
Kerry Craig of JP Morgan Asset Management is sanguine about Friday's weak U.K. retail sales numbers, but the rebound in consumer spending needs to spread to the corporate sector.
Commerzbank's Simon Quijano-Evans says the instability in Ukraine stems from competing needs to secure future energy supplies.
The suspension of the Nigerian central bank governor means criticism by the central bank of government policy will no longer be tolerated, says Manji Cheto of Teneo Intelligence. However, it does not necessarily mean the central bank will lose its ability to act independently of government.
Jean-Louis Chaussade, CEO of Suez Environment, says he wants to step-up investment in countries like Italy rather than in northern Europe, "where all the investment has been done before".
Miranda Carr, head of China research at NSBO, says China could need more economic stimulus in the second quarter of 2014, following further disappointing data.
Accor CEO Sébastien Bazin discusses the hotelier's annual results, which were reported on Thursday.
European stocks closed lower on Thursday, with sentiment remaining fragile after poor data from China and France.
Liberum's Peter Atherton says U.K. energy companies could keep tariffs flat come next September, after Centrica reported that 360,000 of its customers quit in the fourth quarter due to price hikes.
Chris Tinker, founder of Libra Investment Services, says the falloff in BAE Systems' stock after a profit warning is overdone, because the U.S.'s defense cutbacks are old news.
Charles Hecker of Control Risks says the political turmoil in Ukraine is "incredibly unpredictable", and that the country's president has lost control of the situation.
European stocks closed mixed on Wednesday, with worse-than-expected jobs data weighing on the U.K.'s FTSE 100, and investors awaiting the release of the latest minutes from the U.S Federal Reserve.
Virginie Maisonneuve, deputy CIO of PIMCO, says the political instability in Italy could provide a buying opportunity for investors.