Jürgen Matthes, international director at Cologne Institute for Economic Research, says that if Greece accepts Russian financial aid it will create a "major diplomatic irritation".» Read More
Miguel Azevedo, head of Africa investment banking at Citi, says Africa provides the best returns in the whole world but investing in the region is not "trouble-free".
European markets opened lower across the board Friday, as Ukrainian pro-Russian secessionists plan to continue with a referendum this weekend, despite Russian President Vladimir Putin asking them to call it off.
Bryn Jones, head of fixed income at Rathbones, says he is moving money from Spanish bonds to gilts as the U.K. gears up for an interest rate hike.
Jonathan Wood, associate director at Control Risks, says it will be a "difficult year" for Latin America as the region is exposed to normalizing monetary policy in the U.S. and slowing growth in China.
Rolf-Dieter Schwalb, CFO of DSM, says the strong euro is "hurting" corporates in Europe.
Antoine Chemali, CIO at Digital World Capital, says Alibaba's governance and share structure is a "concern" for investors looking to buy shares in the company when it goes public.
Larry Hatheway, chief economist at UBS Investment Bank, says the political involvement in Pfizer's bid for Astrazeneca will continue and there will be similar instances ahead.
Fadi Hakura, Turkey analyst at Chatham House, says instability in Turkey will continue as current prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan eyes up the presidency.
Otilia Dhand, vice president at Teneo Intelligence, says Russia is interested in seeing Ukraine federalized rather than sending in troops to East Ukraine.
Valentin Marinov, director of FX strategy at Citi, says ratings agencies are "behind the curve" after S&P raised Portugal's credit outlook to stable from negative.
Philippe Gijsels, chief investment officer at BNP Paribas Fortis Group, says the euro/dollar is likely push higher before the European Central Bank cuts interest rates further,
The European Central Bank kept its benchmark interest rate unchanged at 0.25 percent on Thursday. Julian Callow, founder of Catalyst Economics, gives his reaction.
Bruno Monteyne, senior European food retail analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, says there will be no major improvement from Morrisons after it posted very weak results.
Adrian Ringrose, CEO of Interserve, says demand in the construction industry in the U.K. is picking up but is coming off a low base.
David Lebovitz, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, discusses how the flurry of M&A deals has helped companies outperform the S&P500.
European markets opened higher on Thursday, after a controversial referendum in Ukraine was called off and following upbeat earnings from BT and Adecco.
Antony Jenkins, CEO of Barclays, says the company wanted to "protect" the people it wanted to keep in its investment bank after the bank raised bonuses in the face of criticism.
Barclays will ax 7,000 jobs in its investment bank division by 2016, but CEO Anthony Jenkins said it was the "right time" to reposition the bank.
Roger Bootle, managing director at Capital Economics, says Britain's economy will perform well even if it exits the European Union.
Guy Berruyer, CEO of The Sage Group, says the cloud is a subscription business which is a good model for the company's growth.
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.