Alberto Gallo, head of European macro credit research at RBS, says that the ECB's TLTRO won't boost lending to SMEs and that European banks already have "plenty of liquidity".» Read More
Another person has reportedly been killed in a fourth explosion in Cairo on Friday, bringing the total death toll to as high as six, reports CNBC's Yousef Gamel El-Din from Cairo.
The European Commission is fighting against excessive regulation, says José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses.
Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, says he wished Iran would "walk the walk" and that he wants "action, deeds and not nice words" when it comes to its nuclear program.
Chris Dedicoat, president for EMEA and Russia at Cisco, says the U.K. needs to stay in the EU and that Europe can take the lead when it comes to the "internet of things."
Sir Michael Rake, president of the CBI, says it's still too early to raise interest rates in the UK and that he thinks the biggest risks to business will be political.
Alastair Lukies, CEO of Monitise and U.K. business ambassador, discusses business sentiment and innovation in banking.
Boris Johnson, mayor of London, says the U.S. is "reaping the rewards" of "braver and bolder" steps it took ahead of Europe and comments on the bankers' bonuses debate.
José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, says that while the European Union has "turned the corner", it is not yet out of the crisis.
Majid Jafar, CEO at Crescent Petroleum, says that while the Middle East has been losing capacity due to political unrest, it remains the region with the most opportunities.
Sergey Belyakov, Russia's deputy minister for economic development, says that the slow Russian growth is a "big challenge" and the country has "no choice" but to improve the business environment.
Arsene Wenger is "crucial" to Arsenal and Farhad Moshiri, senior shareholder at Arsenal, tells CNBC he hopes the manager will sign his renewal contract as soon as possible.
Ignazio Visco, governor at the Bank of Italy, says the Italian recovery is weak but on track and that banks need to continue their efforts to increase provisions and capital ratios.
Alexei Mordashov, CEO at Severstal, expects a "significant" increase in steel demand in 2014 but says the problem for steel companies are the margins due to overcapacity.
European equities closed lower on Thursday following disappointing data from the U.S., with manufacturing growth slowing in January.
Palaniappan Chidambaram, India's finance minister, says that he would rather go into the upcoming elections as "an underdog" than on a triumphant note.
Oleg Deripaska, CEO at Rusal, explains that the aluminium sector needs supply-side "discipline" to recover.
Fabrizio Saccomanni, Italy's finance minister, says that Italy is now recovering and that measures have been taken to facilitate youth employment and lending to SMEs.
Farhad Moshiri, chairman at USM, says that lack of communication is keeping investors away from Russia.
Frans Van Houten, CEO at Royal Philips Electronics, says the healthcare market is "very exciting" and provides many opportunities, especially using the "internet of things."
Ignacio Galan, CEO at Iberdrola, says that what the European energy sector needs most is "stability" and warns the UK opposition party's proposal for price caps could cause an energy crisis.