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Mark Malloch-Brown, a former U.K. government minister and United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, says he "learned to live" with bugging while working at the UN.
Michael Gallagher, director of research at IDEAglobal, warns that markets still have not fully factored in a slowdown in the Chinese economy.
Sandy Jadeja, chief market strategist at SignalPro, charts gold and advises not to buy into the dips and watch for higher prices.
Sharif Sakr, senior European editor at Engadget, describes Blackberry's quarterly results as "more than bad", due to disappointing sales of its new Blackberry 10 device.
European shares closed narrowly lower on Friday, as investors traded cautiously in a choppy session that marked the last day of the second quarter.
Sam Stovall, chief equity strategist at S&P Capital IQ, says the recent interest rate rise is not enough to derail the U.S. economy, and how it might actually provide a great buying opportunity.
Enrico Letta, Italy prime minister, remains confident about the future of the coalition, despite Berlusconi's conviction, and says there is no derivatives problem.
Frances Robinson, EU correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, discusses the outcome of the EU Summit, and says many topics "were shelved" and that "underlying structural problems" still hinder progress.
Moorad Choudhry, professor at the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Brunel University, explains why he believes the decline in gold is actually a "good sign".
Simon Ballard, senior credit strategist at National Australia Bank, says the desperate chase for yields "no longer applies", as when yields rise, investors "don't have to go as far".
Jyrki Katainen, Finland prime minister, says the EU needs to create credibility through its public financing and its banking union, and that Germany has been very constructive in building the region's economy.
Roelof Van Den Akker, technical analyst at ING Wholesale Banking, charts gold and says a further decline is expected.
Ian Harnett, European strategist at Absolute Strategy Research, says the Fed's tapering is a long way away and advises investing in commodities and emerging markets when tapering does happen.
European shares extended gains to close higher on Thursday, following upbeat data from the U.S.
Mehmet Simsek, Turkey's finance minister, discusses the Turkish lira, and says it's one of the "most competitive" and "least volatile" emerging markets currency.
Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist at BNY Mellon, and Kathy Lien, managing director at BK Asset Management, agree that risks for the U.S. dollar are to the upside.
James Ashley, senior economist at RBC Capital Markets, explains that the EU's budget deal is just "one step along a very long road" and that investors care more about the Federal Reserve at the moment.
Jean-Claude Juncker, prime minister of Luxembourg, tells CNBC that the EU needs to "coordinate national policies" in order to enjoy better growth.
Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, says he is "pleased" with the EU's long-term budget deal.
French national auditors warned the French government on Thursday that it was likely to miss revised budget targets this year, putting it on course to break a pledge it made to the European Commission.