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Key European figures tell CNBC what they think the European Central Bank needs to do on Thursday.
Alexandra Buriko, CFO of UC Rusal, says the company will be able to meet its debt repayments but says it needs more time.
Russia’s economy was troubled before the recent controversial annexation of Crimea – and its way back to strong growth is not yet clear.
Oleg Kouzmin, economist at Renaissance Capital, says Russia can grow 1.6 percent in 2014 as a solution to the Ukraine crisis will be found.
Ben Kumar, investment analyst at Seven Investment Management, says the Google stock split is designed to help the founders keep control of the company.
David Lebovitz, global market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, says earnings growth will push stocks higher.
European stocks opened higher on Wednesday after a seventh record close for the S&P 500 this year helped to boost global sentiment.
Riccardo Monti, president of the Italian Foreign Trade Agency, says there is optimism about investing in Italy, but unemployment still remains the biggest priority for the government.
Bernard Sucher, member of the board at ATON, says the "uncomfortable" position of Russia in the international community will mean corporates have to revisit their commitments to investing in the country.
Richard Gordon, Managing VP, Gartner Research, says PC users are fewer in number but more engaged.
Nick Robertson, CEO of Asos, says he expects the company to be in China for many years to come and the "biggest opportunity" for Asos is outside of the U.K.
Peter Toogood, investment director at City Financial, discusses high frequency trading and the controversy surrounding it.
Peter Chatwell, interest rate strategist at Credit Agricole CIB, says if the European Central Bank takes not action, it would be close to a "policy misstep".
Yulia Tseplyeva, chief economist at Sberbank, says she is "not optimistic" about Russian structural reforms after the saga with Ukraine.
CNBC's Karen Tso reports on what Google's stock split means for shareholders and the company.
NATO suspended all practical cooperation with Russia on Tuesday in protest at its annexation of Crimea.
Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist at BNY Mellon, says the rise of euro/dollar and cable echoes the bubble of the 2007 foreign exchange market.
Alena Popova, CEO of Rusbase, says the Russian economy has been struggling for years and the Ukraine crisis has scared investors.
Urs Rüegsegger, group CEO of Six Group, says high frequency trading within the rules is not a concern, but "dark pools" are a concern.
Urs Rüegsegger, group CEO of Six Group, says the Euronext stock exchange is of "strategic relevance" to the Six Group, but the company has not put an offer in to buy it.
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.