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European shares opened slightly higher on Friday as investors monitor events in Ukraine and look ahead to the releases of key data from the euro zone.
Paul McNamara, fund manager at GAM, says the Chinese economic slowdown has been controlled by the government.
Jeff Munroe, head of global equities at Newton Asset Management, says there are lots of reasons to be cautious in September, but there are "tremendous opportunities" in equities.
Michele Norsa, CEO of Ferragamo, says the China region is "volatile" but positive in the long-term.
Carlo Gallo, Founder at Enquirisk, says any energy sanctions on Russia are "off the table" as Europe relies heavily on Russian gas.
Philippe Legrain, former economic advisor to the President of the European Commission, says Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk is a frontrunner for European Council presidency.
Neil Dwane, chief investment officer for European equities at Allianz Global Investors, says U.K. supermarket Tesco has promising parts of the business in the long-term but will struggle in the face of the discount retailers.
Michael Tholen, economics director at Oil & Gas UK, discusses how the North Sea Oil industry could be affected by Scottish independence.
Ahmed Heikal, chairman of Qalaa Holdings, one of the companies taking part in the expansion of the Suez Canal, says the project will be delivered on time.
Beat Wittmann, CEO of TCMG Asset Management, says not to fight the QE-fueled equity rally in the U.S. and Europe, especially as the ECB is likely to introduce further monetary stimulus.
CNBC's Claudia Pensotti reports on what to expect from the meeting of EU foreign ministers as the Ukraine crisis escalates.
Jim Coleman, head of economics at BuroHappold Engineering, and Stephen King, chief global economist at HSBC, discuss whether China's special economic zones are a benefit to the economy.
Emeka Obiodu, principal analyst for service provider and markets at Ovum, discusses whether Telefonica or Telecom Italia will win the bid for Vivendi's Brazilian GVT unit amid a battle to gain a share in Brazil's telecoms market.
European shares saw a lower open on Thursday as investors considered record highs for the U.S stock market and the likelihood of more monetary easing in the euro zone.
William Hobbs, head of equity strategy at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, says U.S. and European equities are the places to invest as growth in America is likely to be stronger than expected.
Steve Cook, MD of EM fixed income at PineBridge Investments, says the end of tapering and any outflow from emerging market fixed income will not be the "death knell" for these countries.
Ben Moores, senior commercial aircraft market analyst at IHS, says the low cost carrier model is not working in an era of high oil prices, while long haul airlines are facing competition from government-backed companies.
Stephen King, chief global economist at HSBC, says the euro zone is "not designed" for quantitative easing due to all the legal considerations and doubts whether the policy can stimulate growth.
Christophe de Maistre, chairman of Siemens France, says France's labor market is too rigid and costs need to be reduced.
CNBC's Louisa Bojesen looks at the Swedish economy and why policymakers at the country's central bank - the Riksbank' - have been dubbed "sadomonetarists".
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.