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Simon Maughan, financials sector strategist at the Olivetree Financial Group, tells CNBC that problems in the Cypriot financial system are not new and that the only way to deal with the multi-year political stand-off between the EU and Cyprus is to "bust the banks".
Jonathan Tepper, founder and chief editor of Variant Perception, says he remains bullish on Europe despite the press conference in Moscow not being "terribly insightful" and describing the Cyprus crisis as "a game of bluff".
CNBC's Karen Tso reports European markets are trading lower on Friday, as talks collapse between Russia and Cyprus.
CNBC's Steve Sedgwick grilled the president of the EU commission, José Manuel Barroso and the Russian prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, on the relationship between Europe and Russia at a press conference in Moscow.
How do you make money in these markets? Here is what some of the experts on CNBC have been telling us this morning.
Antonio Garcia Pascual, chief southern european economist at Barclays says the German economy will perform fairly well throughout the year on the back of strong U.S. data, and that we should start seeing the improvement in next month's PMI and industrial production.
Slovenia, which is struggling to avoid a bailout, must issue a bond by June 6 to meet its financial obligations, the former Prime Minister said.
A leading conservative ally of Angela Merkel said that Cyprus was "playing with fire" and needed to come up with a workable proposal urgently.
Patrick Legland, head of global research at Societe Generale, says that despite Draghi's tougher-than-usual stance and Germany wanting to make Cyprus an example, everybody will try to find a solution to the Cyprus crisis.
European shares open lower as Cyprus, Russia talks end.
Natalia Orlova, chief economist at Alfa Bank tells CNBC's Steve Sedgwick that Russian companies and banks were using Cyprus as a transit economy and that the Depositor Tax would damage the way they were doing business.
Dr Alexander Apostolides of the European University Cyprus, tells CNBC that a depositor tax does not make sense without a restructuring of Cyprus' debt, arguing that a deal with the Troika would be preferred but that central powers need to be flexible.
Robert Wood, chief U.K. economist at Berenberg, tells CNBC the euro zone is in "for a tough ride", but that current problems in Cyprus and Italy do not undermine fundamental changes going on in Europe, and argues the biggest risk to the region would be for outgoing Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti's reforms to be undone.
Pay for Credit Suisse Chief Executive Brady Dougan rose by more than one third to 7.77 million Swiss francs ($8.22 million) in 2012, the Swiss bank said on Friday.
Pete Westin, chief equity strategist at Aton Aton tells CNBC's Steve Sedgwick that so many Russian companies have operations in Cyprus for tax reasons and an end to the agreement between Cyprus and Russia could have big implications for these companies.
Ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy was placed under formal investigation on Thursday for "abuse of weakness" in a 2007 party funding case involving elderly L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt, the public prosecutor said.
Jane Foley, senior currency strategist at Rabobank, says the markets¿ calm response to the Cyprus crisis offers less incentive for EU ministers to act and that there¿s a greater risk of Cyprus exiting the euro zone than there was for Greece.
Standard & Poor's cut the sovereign long-term foreign currency credit rating on Cyprus deeper into junk status on Thursday, lowering the rating to CCC from CCC-plus.
The European Union gave Cyprus till Monday to raise the billions of euros it needs to secure an international bailout or face a collapse of its financial system.
Cyprus is working to secure a bailout, with CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera; and how this is impacting the rest of the world, with Gary Shapiro, Consumer Electronics Association CEO; Larry McDonald, Newedge; and Dan Greenhaus, BTIG.
Antoine Halff, head of oil industry and markets at IEA, says that the oil market is "concerned but quiet" on the developments in Ukraine, because the country is not a major transit area for oil.
Richard Hunter, head of U.K. equities at Hargreaves Lansdown, and Daniel Lacalle, senior portfolio manager at Ecofin, discuss the recent profit-taking in stock markets.
After hours of "candid and frank" discussions, Russia made it clear that it would not take any decisions on Crimea until after Sunday's referendum, while the U.S. reiterated it viewed this event as illegitimate, says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.