Masood Ahmed, director of Middle East and Central Asia at the IMF, says that Egypt has made a lot of improvements regarding energy subsidies and broader reforms, but still has "a long way to go."» Read More
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.
Andrew Walker, head of LNG strategy at BG Group, says that while Ukraine has had little impact on the LNG market so far, it will be "tight" towards the end of the decade.
Hammish Patel, Azoi CEO, introduces the Wello iPhone cover that doubles as a health-monitoring device and syncs with other fitness wearables.
Alexander Jackman, head of policy at the Forum of Private Business, previews the U.K. Budget and says more fundamental reforms need to be brought forward to bring the cost of doing business down.
Helmut Siekmann, chair of Money, Currency and Central Bank Law at Frankfurt's Institute for Monetary and Financial Stability, discusses the German court ruling on the ESM and the OMT program.
Kerry Craig, global market strategist at J.P. Morgan Asset Management, says that events in Ukraine do not detract from the long-term story for global economic growth and advises exposure to emerging markets.
Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukrainian prime minister, tells CNBC that he has no intention of running for president in the May elections and that his role is to make sure the elections are "free and fair."
Ukraine would rather have a diplomatic solution to the crisis with Russia but will defend itself if provoked further, says Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukrainian prime minister.
Miles Shipside, commercial director at Rightmove, discusses the U.K. housing market following news that the Help to Buy scheme is to be extended until 2020.
European stocks closed higher on Monday - recovering from last week's slump - as investors responded to positive U.S. data and shrugged off the referendum result in Crimea at the weekend.
Switching off a plane's transponder requires expertise, according to Giovanni Bisignani, former director general at IATA, who adds that many mistakes were made in the week following the disappearance of flight MH370.
Russia has made a "big mistake" as no country in the world will cooperate with a Russian Crimea, says Petro Poroshenko, Ukraine member of Parliament.
Andrew Foxall, director of the Russia studies center at The Henry Jackson Society, says the Crimean referendum could be seen as "hugely significant" because of what it reveals about Putin's nature.
Russia is not only interested in Crimea but the whole of Ukraine, says Ukrainian presidential candidate Vitali Klitschko, but adds that the country is "ready to defend" itself.
Antoine Halff, head of oil industry and markets at IEA, says that the oil market is "concerned but quiet" on the developments in Ukraine, because the country is not a major transit area for oil.
After hours of "candid and frank" discussions, Russia made it clear that it would not take any decisions on Crimea until after Sunday's referendum, while the U.S. reiterated it viewed this event as illegitimate, says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.