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European shares opened higher on Monday as investors reacted to the results of European Parliament elections. Markets in the U.K. and the U.S. are both closed for a public holiday.
Russian President, Vladimir Putin, gave CNBC a "very open opportunity" to quiz him with "absolutely no restrictions" says CNBC's Geoff Cutmore. Would other world leaders have done the same?
Elena Panaritis, economist and founder of Thought 4 Action, comments on the results on the European and local elections in Greece and what it means for the government.
Francesco Galietti, founder of Policysonar, says that while Matteo Renzi, Italy's prime minister was comforted by the outcome of the European election, his coalition partners are "struggling to survive."
Sergei Kruglik, director of international affairs at National Bank of Ukraine, says the outcome of the Ukrainian election sends a positive signal to investors and discusses the challenges facing the new President.
Beat Wittmann, CEO of TCMG Asset Management, says that investors are committing more money to equities and expects the asset class to outperform cash and fixed income in the next five years.
The U.K. public has not been told the truth about Europe says UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, adding that the party is creating a "people's army" to fight the establishment.
Raju Daswani, CEO of Metal Bulletin Research, says the aluminium market is still in a "fundamentally weak position" and advises taking a closer look at nickel.
Vitali Klitschko, newly-elected mayor of Kiev, says the elected authorities have to reform quickly and work "as one team" to destroy corruption.
Ulrich Leuchtmann, head of foreign exchange research at Commerzbank, says the impact of the European election results shouldn¿t be too significant on the euro and discusses the ECB.
CNBC's Julia Chatterley gets inside Espreso TV, the Ukrainian internet TV station headquartered in an Soviet-era bunker, which launched at the start of the February protests.
Tatiana Rizzante, CEO of Reply SpA, says companies need to invest more to counter cybersecurity threats.
Oleg Deripaska, CEO of Rusal, says the cost and access to capital for Russian companies is a "key issues".
Vladimir Yakunin, chairman of Russian Railways, says being sanctioned is like a "quarrel in the kitchen" and is a "foolish" move.
European shares had a muted open Friday with investors showing little appetite for buying amid voting for the next European Parliament which will be announced on Sunday.
Viatcheslav Pivovarov, CEO of Altera Capital, says he is "optimistic" that the inflation spike in Russia will be temporary.
Ruslan Alikhanov, CEO of Fesco, says the impact of the sanctions on Russia are psychological and does not impact companies' core business.
Moritz Kraemer, chief sovereign rating officer at Standard & Poor's, says Spain's upgrade is the results of structural reforms implemented by the government.
Ukrainian presidential candidate Olga Bogomolets, who is also a professor at Bogomolets National Medical University, says Ukraine needs a strong president to "create a good country from the inside".
Daniel McCormack, head of European and U.K. economics at Macquarie Securities, says listed companies will "leverage up" and there will be more mergers and acquisitions among listed firms.
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.