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Jacques Cailloux, chief European economist at Nomura, says that it's "remarkable" the ECB has managed to maintain expectations of quantitative easing and that the bank is more likely to cut rates further.
Kirsty Wilson, global research editor at Mergermarket, says the first quarter of 2014 was the most active for M&A since 2011, with the telecoms sector showing the highest activity.
European stock markets pared earlier losses to close higher on Thursday, as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi used "ultra-dovish talk" in defending the bank's decision to keep monetary policy unchanged.
Salman Ahmed, strategist at Lombard Odier, warns that the ECB faces a "severe test" from the market if it does not back its rhetoric with credible action in the coming months.
Eric Assimakopoulos, managing director at Revetas Capital, says the sanctions on Russia have had little impact on Ukraine and other eastern European markets.
Bob Parker, senior adviser at Credit Suisse, and Philip Tyson, rates strategist at ICAP, say the ECB is more likely to implement negative rates or LTRO than it is to use quantitative easing.
JPMorgan has been criticized for stopping payments from a Russian embassy - but this will not necessarily mean retaliation against the U.S. bank, Russia's minister of economic development told CNBC.
For super-wealthy Russians, education at one of Britain’s top traditional boarding schools has become as desirable as a pad in Mayfair.
Maria Pinelli, global vice chair of strategic growth markets at EY, explains that the first quarter was "very good" for IPOs and discusses the sectors that will see the highest number of IPOs this year.
European stocks closed higher on Wednesday, after U.S. jobs data helped to boost global sentiment, and as investors eyed the possibility of new stimulus measures from the European Central Bank on Thursday.
Deutsche Post CEO Frank Appel tells CNBC that the group is positive on expansion in both developed and emerging markets and that it is also working on its e-commerce activities.
Douglas Yates, professor of political sciences at the American Graduate School in Paris, discusses the new French government and highlights that the Socialist Party's majority in the National Assembly has been severely weakened.
Russia’s economy was troubled before the recent controversial annexation of Crimea – and its way back to strong growth is not yet clear.
NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia on Tuesday in protest at its annexation of Crimea.
Italy will finance tax cuts with spending cuts, says Pier Carlo Padoan, Italy's finance minister.
Simon Maughan, head of research at OTAS Technologies, says institutional investors let high-frequency trading happen because they failed to see trading as a valuable contributor to the investment process.
Paul Gait, senior research analyst for metals and mining at Sanford Bernstein, says BHP's news that it could de-merger $19billion of non-core assets makes sense but is unlikely to unlock significant value.
Anders Borg, Sweden's finance minister, advises France to strengthen its effort by implementing "deep structural reforms" and says the euro zone need a banking union.
Timothy Ash, head of emerging markets research at Standard Bank, says foreign investors are happy with the outcome of the Turkish local elections because "they like stability."
Marie Diron, senior vice president of credit policy at Moody's, expects euro zone countries' debt burden to increase as the region faces a prolonged period of low inflation.