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Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, says the people understood the steps the country took during its bailout program.
Azad Zangana, European economist at Schroders, says deflationary pressure is going to build in peripheral European countries, but Germany will see inflation rise.
European shares opened lower on Thursday as investors continue to shun riskier assets and move into so-called "safe havens" like fixed income.
Michael Browne, fund manager at Martin Currie, says Europe is finally seeing earnings momentum but warns it is being ignored by equity investors.
Jeremy Gleeson, fund manager at AXA Framlington, says if Apple purchases Beats it will be a "change of direction" for the company.
Marius Haas, president of Dell Enterprise, says the company is "constantly on the lookout" for acquisitions as he discusses life after privatization.
Xavier Rolet, CEO of the London Stock Exchange, says Russian companies are still welcome on the London Stock Exchange despite geopolitical tensions in the country.
Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, says the U.K. is "well placed" in the European energy market amid talk of reform in the sector across the continent.
Julian Roberts, CEO of Old Mutual, says changes in annuity rules in the U.K. will benefit the company.
George Bory, head of credit strategy at Wells Fargo Securities, says the "animal spirits" are alive in the corporate bond market.
John Vail, chief global strategist at Nikko Asset Management, says Japan showed strong first quarter growth, but GDP in the following quarter could be negative.
Thomas Piketty, author of "Capital in the Twenty-First Century", says "extreme" inequality holds back economic growth.
Jeremy Stretch, head of FX strategy at CIBC, says the lack of growth in France could be a "structural drag" on the euro zone.
Mark Hawtin, investment director at GAM, says Facebook's stock is cheap and a great way to invest in the technology sector.
Sheila Patel, CEO of international at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, says the emerging markets could be a good investment as the U.S. could be the "gorilla" of global growth.
John Cridland, director general of the CBI, says British businesses favor staying in the European Union as it provides a strong trading bloc.
John Cridland, director general of the CBI, says the business body expects the Bank of England to raise interest rates in the first quarter of 2015.
James Butterfill, global equity strategist at Coutts, says the "transmission mechanism" in Europe is not working as weak corporate lending is a concern.
European shares took a breather on Wednesday following a strong finish on Wall Street Tuesday where the S&P 500 crossed 1,900 points for the first time.
Roland Vogel, CFO of Hannover Re, says the company likes higher interest rates and can react to moves in the rate.
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.