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European equities opened lower on Friday as investors continue to speculate over when the U.S. Federal Reserve could unwind its monetary stimulus program.
Johannes Wassenberg, managing director of EMEA banking at Moody's Investors Service, says despite signs of an economic recovery in Europe, banks still remain a problem.
Gary McGann, CEO of Smurfit Kappa, says Ireland has made good progress as it prepares to exit its bailout program, but the country must stay competitive.
David Lubin, chief emerging market economist at Citi, says China is vulnerable to an "external shock" because it has pursued a credit driven, investment orientated growth model that is becoming "inefficient".
Carl Weinberg, chief economist at High Frequency Economics, says Ireland will become a "success story" when investors buy Irish debt, but at present it remains a "risky proposition".
Marc Ostwald, strategist at Monument Securities, says people will feel "unsettled" by the uncertainty of central bank policy in 2014.
CNBC's Tom Mackenzie explains the story behind Ireland's bailout exit.
Danny McCoy, CEO of IBEC, says Ireland will see a strong recovery as the country plans to exit its bailout program.
Miles Eakers, head of foreign exchange at Savi Trading, discusses the year-end currency trade.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he sees no reason to abandon his spending pledges despite an economic downturn in the country.
Laurence Boone, head of developed Europe economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, discusses the outlook for emerging markets in 2014.
Karsten Schroeder, CEO of Amplitude Capital, says financial markets are still very sensitive to news flow and announcements on monetary policy.
Alistair Scobie, US lodging, gaming and restaurants research at Atlantic Equities, discusses the Hilton flotation and the outlook for the hotel sector.
European equities opened lower on Thursday amid heightened expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve could act sooner rather than later to unwind its monetary stimulus program.
Simon Colvin, analyst at Markit, discusses where the biggest opportunities for short selling are.
José Viñals, director of the monetary and capital markets department at the IMF, says the European economy is recovering but is not yet "sufficiently solid"
Giacomo Baizini, CFO of Evraz, says steel stocks and Russian equities are not attractive to investors.
CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi discusses the early talks between French carmaker Peugeot and Chinese motor group Dongfeng.
David Kern, chief economist at British Chambers of Commerce, says that the Bank of England's growth forecast for the U.K. is too "optimistic".
Gerry Fowler, global head of equity and derivative strategy at BNP Paribas, says equities are set to rise next year but deflation would be bad for stocks.
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.