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Steve Keen, professor of economics at the University of Western Sydney, argues that if you destroy the trust depositors have in their bank accounts then you destroy the oil of capitalism.
Ashraf Laidi, chief global strategist at City Index, tells CNBC that investors, who want to play the Euro without the periphery, should play the Swiss Franc.
Hugo Dixon, editor-at-large at Reuters Breakingviews, Olly Burrows, senior bank analyst at Rabobank, and Cormac Leech, bank equity researcher at Liberum Capital, discuss the Cyprus deposit levy and its impact on European banks.
Andrew Goodwin, senior economic advisor at Ernst & Young ITEM Club says that markets would welcome a more measured pace of austerity in the U.K. and that the coming Budget should include short-term measures to kick-start the recovery.
Alessandro Tentori, head of developed market rates strategy at Citi warns that further uncertainty and data weakness in Italy will bring yields substantially higher in the second quarter and says Spain is in a much better position as a reform agenda has been set.
Christian Gattiker, global investment strategist and head of research at Julius Baer, tells CNBC that the overall European situation remains in control and that only a very messy parliamentary vote on the Cyprus bailout would prompt him to reconsider his positioning.
European Markets Open Sharply down.
Steve Sedgwick discusses the multi-billion dollar deal between EADS and Indonesia's Lion Air, and the potential takeover of M&S by the Qatar Sovereign Wealth Fund.
Andrew Charlesworth, fund manager at JLIF discusses his company's results and the government's support for infrastructure, which he hopes to see reaffirmed in the coming Budget.
Patrick Armstrong, managing partner and director of Armstrong Investment believes the attraction of the Cyprus Depositor Tax is that it will reach foreigners with large deposits and says big corporates should avoid having deposits in euro-domiciled countries.
Peter Chatwell, interest rate strategist at Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank, says the Cyprus crisis will help bunds rally with yields falling to 1.38 percent in the near term.
Lena Komileva, chief economist at G+ Economics, says the tax on depositors will not restore confidence, credit or competitiveness in Cyprus, but should bring back the risk premium for investors.
Chris Weston, institutional dealer at IG Markets, says there have been a lot of sell orders but he hasn't seen a panic yet on Cyprus's deposit levy.
Elsa Lignos, G10 currency strategist, RBC Capital Markets, says while Cyprus is bad for the markets short-term, over the long-term things may not be so bad.
CNBC's Julia Chatterley reports from Rome and says people in Italy are not aware of what is happening in Cyprus.
Michael Sarris, Cyprus finance minister, told CNBC the deal is a once and for all step, and it compared well with much more serious and grave proposals that were on the table.
Martin Schulz, president of the European Parliament, discusses the EU's inquiry into Hungarian constitutional changes.
Sheikh Maktoum Hasher Al Maktoum, executive chairman at SHUAA Capital, explains why pension funds are buying into emerging countries as well as why he is focusing on SME asset based lending, and moving away from any banking and sovereign risks.
European shares opened slightly higher on Friday, with some focus on a European Union (EU) summit and finance ministers meeting in Brussels where Cyprus is expected to be high on the agenda.
Tom Elliott, global strategist at JP Morgan Asset Management, tells CNBC that he is nervous about getting carried away with an equity run based on pushback to 'financial repression' rather than a genuine economic recovery.
Cutmore anchors CNBC’s flagship "Squawk Box" in EMEA; the three-hour show bookends the opening of European equity markets.
Based in London, Tso co-anchors CNBC flagship show in EMEA, Squawk Box, a show that sets the news agenda every trading day.
Sedgwick co-anchors CNBC's flagship program "Squawk Box" (Europe) and is also CNBC's OPEC reporter covering major meetings.