Doyin Okupe, senior special assistant on public affairs to Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, defends the government's attempts to tackle the problem of insurgency and says the "safe return" of the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram is key.» Read More
Maxime Alimi, economist at AXA IM, says French president Francois Hollande has little room for manoeuver on the fiscal side making further tax cuts difficult.
Jeff Singer, CEO of DIFC, says that Dubai has established itself as a "safe haven" and one of the most open Middle East countries to the west.
Chris Watling, CEO of Longview Economics, says the cautious mood of markets at the start of the year is due to U.S. Federal Reserve tapering.
Fadi Hakura, turkey analyst at Chatham House, says Turkey's prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using his victory in the local election as a way to show support for his leadership and crush opposition parties.
Phyllis Papadavid, senior global FX strategist at BNP Paribas CIB, says the Bank of Japan will look to push the yen lower to help the country's economy, making long dollar/yen an attractive trade.
A red Ferrari sits on a tow truck. Could this be a sign that the rich are leaving Paris?
CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi reports on the French local elections on Sunday that saw president Francois Hollande's socialist government suffer another defeat.
Bob Swarup, author of Money Mania, says financial markets have shown the "same old story" in their boom and bust cycles.
Bruno Jeanbart, director of political studies and opinion polls at Opinionway, discusses whether any big wins the National Front may gain in this weekend¿s French local elections will be repeated on a national scale.
Tom Elliot, international investment strategist at DeVere Group, says that he has scaled back his equity position in the second quarter of 2014 because there are too many "variables" in the market.
Simon Maughan, head of product specialist group at OTAS Technologies, says Italian banks are cheap and could provide good returns in three to four years.
Neil Meadows, founder of Meadows Capital Management, says U.S. Federal Reserve tightening could be a risk to U.S. equities, and argues that European stocks are more attractive.
Neil Atkinson, head of analysis at Lloyd's List Intelligence, says the leverage Russia has over European energy will decrease in the next 10 to 15 years.
Paul Donovan, global economist at UBS, says the Chinese authorities will not allow a systemic debt problem in China with lots of companies collapsing.
Trevor Sikorski, head of natural gas, coal and carbon at Energy Aspects, says Europe can achieve its clean energy targets, but stresses that green energy subsidies are expensive.
The Ukraine crisis uncovered Europe's reliance on Russian energy. But as political leaders draw up a new plan for its energy future, will the targets be achieved?
Richard McGuire, senior rates strategist at Rabobank, says there has been increased demand for French and Spanish bonds from Asian buyers.
CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi reports on what the outcome of the French local elections could be, as the popularity of the far-right party gains ground.
Steven Englander, global head of G10 FX strategy at Citi, says the euro has been a "difficult" currency as the European Central Bank struggles to push it lower.
European stocks opened higher on Friday with hopes of policy easing in China.
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.