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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.
Michael Woolfolk of Bank of New York Mellon explains why equity and currency markets remain vulnerable as investors have not fully priced in the perfect storm scenario for Cyprus.
Douglas Rediker, Visiting Fellow at Peterson Institute for International Economics, explains why he thinks it's too late for Russia to play the role of white knight for Cyprus.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the latest details of Cyprus' bailout negotiations; and discussing the chances the Dow could hit 18,000 by the end of 2014, with the "Fast Money" traders and Jeremy Siegel, University of Pennsylvania Wharton School Finance.
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Jan Dunning, CEO of St Petersburg-headquartered hypermarket chain Lenta, says the situation in Ukraine has had no impact on the group, as consumer confidence remains unaffected in Russia.
Vincent Deluard, European strategist at Ned Davis Research Group, says the strong euro is a problem for the region's companies, especially for the large exporters.
European shares closed higher on Thursday as investors brushed aside concerns regarding Ukraine and focused instead on Wall Street earnings and the latest U.S. jobs data.