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Poland's bond market, which saw record inflows last year, is no longer appealing, according to BNP Paribas' Bartosz Pawlowski.
Nearly three years after Britain's Conservative-led government vowed to restore the country to financial health, the economy looks stuck in a rut and could already be in its third recession since 2008.
Peter Spiegel, Brussels Bureau chief at the FT, tells CNBC that the result of the Italian election may stir action at the Eurogroup meeting.
Europe's biggest bank HSBC posted a pre-tax profit of $20.65 billion for 2012, much lower than the $22.7 billion forecast by analysts in a Reuters poll.
Bruno Verstraete, partner at Lakefield Partners, tells CNBC that there will be increased market volatility in March due to the US Sequester and the ongoing political discussions in Italy.
Karen Cho takes you through the European market open, where stocks have come in lower on China losses.
Greece has been reclassified from a "developed" to an "emerging market" by a major U.S.-based fund manager.
Britain's taxman has raised more cash than it hoped for from tax increases on property transactions as London luxury residential prices continue to climb.
David Costa, Dean and Collegiate Professor, Rob Kennedy College says the Swiss vote shows a strong will to enhance transparency and give more power to shareholders.
Thomas Harr, Former Senior FX strategist at Standard Chartered says the trend for the euro is to go lower on renewed worries over the region's debt crisis.
Billionaire George Soros says the euro cannot survive, and that Germany is at fault for prolonging the 4-year old crisis, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.
Over-capacity in the global container ship market will continue to provide a drain on profit growth in 2013, according to Maersk CEO of North Asia, Tim Smith
Signals sent by the Italian election, such as reaffirmed changes in the euro area fiscal consolidation policies, have shown that Germany could have helped prevent much of what is currently hamstringing the Italian government.
Swiss citizens voted on Sunday to impose some of the world's strictest controls on executive pay, forcing public companies to give shareholders a binding vote on compensation, result projections showed.
The leader of the 5-Star Movement has said he wants an online vote on Italy's membership of the euro, in an interview with a German magazine published on Sunday.
One of the world's largest contractors is actively diversifying away from its home turf in the Middle East in light of rising political risks, opting instead to win exposure to territories such as Africa, former Soviet Republics and Australia.
"Germany did the minimum that was necessary to preserve the euro... And that is what maintained the crisis conditions," business magnate George Soros said.
There's anxiety across Europe that the mix of economic-stabilization policies are not getting the job done, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair told CNBC.
Bankers working on Wall Street for European banks could have their bonuses capped under new rules agreed by the European Parliament this week. U.S. banks operating in Europe will also be affected.
The pound fell below a key level against the dollar on Friday as worse-than-expected U.K. manufacturing data increased the likelihood of further quantitative easing by the Bank of England.
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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.