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Alan Capper, head of credit strategy at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, says that Mario Draghi should reach out to the real economy and appear in mass media to boost consumers' confidence
Catherine Yeung, investor director at Fidelity, says sentiment towards the China equity market is improving and that it remains "very stock specific".
CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi discusses the upcoming Bank of England's MPC meeting following the ONS revision, which shows the U.K.'s recession was not as bad as previously thought.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek minister of administrative reform and e-governance, discusses Greece's adjustment and forecasts that the country should return to growth this year for the first time in six years.
Georg Fahrenschon, president at the German Savings Banks Association explains that he is opposed to the ECB buying sovereign bonds as there is "enough liquidity in the market".
Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Iceland's prime minister, discusses the country's role in NATO and says that the world might be going back "to the world of the Cold War".
Tony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke chair in strategy at CSIS, says that NATO countries need to respect the defense spending requirement otherwise "the best NATO statement in the world is hollow".
Nino Tronchetti Provera, managing partner and founder of Ambienta, discusses Europe's energy policies and environmental investing.
Anshu Jain, co-CEO of Deutsche Bank, says the group has excellent momentum going into the second half of the year.
Anshu Jain, co-CEO of Deutsche Bank, says that the group has taken steps to counter the "challenging" low interest environment and says "much more" from the ECB won't make "that big a difference".
Margareta Drzeniek-Hanouz, senior economist at the World Economic Forum, comments on the Global Competitiveness Report and the challenges facing the global economy.
Gautam Batra, investment strategist at Signia Wealth, discusses the euro zone's economy and says that the ECB is at risk of "falling short" of market expectations.
Edward Hunt, senior defence consultant at IHS Jane's, discusses the upcoming NATO meeting in Wales and says the Ukrainian crisis is very complicated as it doesn't fall under the organisation's charter.
European shares opened higher on Wednesday as investors focused on the European Central Bank's policy meeting on Thursday, with some anticipating it could unveil new stimulus measures.
Nick James, director of technology equity research at Numis Securities, discusses Samsung ahead of the expected release of its Note 4 device.
Robert Manz, managing partner at Enterprise Investors, says that despite the weak data, positive trends are emerging from central Europe and that right now is an "excellent time" to invest there.
Patrick Legland, global head of research at Societe Generale, says all indicators indicate Europe has slowed down and that the markets would need "far more ammunition" from the ECB to be reassured.
App Annie provides analytics and market data for the app economy explains CEO, Bertrand Schmitt, adding that growth has been "exceptional" and that there are still a lot of growth opportunities ahead.
Adam Tyler, CEO of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers, says that lending to SMEs through less traditional methods - such as broker-enabled lending - has been steadily growing.
Olly Burrows, senior banks analyst at Rabobank, says the asset quality review is a difficult balancing act for the ECB as it must be tough enough to be credible but not so tough that it crushes confidence.
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.