Greece's Deputy Development Minister Notis Mitarachi, says now is the right time to reduce austerity measures as the Greek economy is on a better footing.» Read More
Tom Wilson, director of intelligence and analysis at Africa Practice, says the dominance of the ANC political party could be questioned at the next election in South Africa.
India's Finance Minister P Chidambaram says Walmart did not do its homework on Indian foreign direct investment rules, but said he is confident the retail giant will return.
Amrita Sen, chief oil analyst at Energy Aspects, says Iran is serious about striking a deal over the lifting of sanctions on the country.
Lothar Mentel, chief investment officer at Tatton Investment Management, said the U.K. property market is looking "too hot" at the moment.
Implementing a sales tax is key to raising higher revenue for India, the country's finance minister P Chidambaram says.
Philip Jennings, general secretary of UNI Global Union, says something is "fundamentally wrong" for working people and there needs to be "collective bargaining" for higher wages.
Bank of Japan governor Haruhiko Kuroda, says any energy market disruption resulting from the tensions between Russia and Ukraine would have a "major global impact".
Ulrich Leuchtmann, head of FX research at Commerzbank, says the dollar's lack of strength after the U.S. jobs report has got the markets asking what could push the dollar higher.
OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurria, says the situation in Ukraine is hitting global economic and political confidence.
Steve Pollard, coffee analyst at Marex Spectron, says there is a threat of global coffee supply shortage in 2015.
Carlo Gallo, founder and director of Enquirisk, says the Ukraine crisis is likely to end through a diplomatic rather than military route.
CEOs and CFOs of top companies tell CNBC about the effect of the Ukraine crisis on their business.
Abi Oladimeji, head of investment strategy at Thomas Miller Investment, says the global economic backdrop is weak but and could be vulnerable to a "shock" if the Ukraine crisis escalates.
Nick Hungerford, director and CEO of Nutmeg, says the Royal Bank of Scotland's first quarter results were a "huge surprise", but adds the bank has been "cautious" in its outlook.
European markets posted a mixed picture in early trading on Friday, ahead of key data on the U.S. jobs market.
Justin Knight, head of European rates strategy at UBS, discusses the pricing of peripheral debt and says the rally is likely to continue.
Surani Fernando, assistant editor of Biopharm Insight, discusses whether Pfizer's updated bid for AstraZeneca will placate the U.K. government's concerns over the mega-merger.
Alexandra Dimitrijevic, head of leveraged finance and mid-market evaluation analytics at Standard & Poors, says the EU's mid-market companies need to raise 2.8 trillion euros in debt funding for refinancing and expansion over the next five years.
Richard Solomons, CEO of IHG, says the company has gained a big market share in China and is taking a long-term view on emerging markets.
John Caudwell, former CEO and founder of Phones4U, says joining the European Union was the "biggest fiasco" to hit the U.K.'s economy.
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.