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Giorgio Napolitano on Saturday ruled out standing down to make way for new parliamentary elections after the failure of attempts to form a government this week, saying he would stay in place until the very end of his mandate in May.
Cyprus may be a "special case" in the eyes of European officials, but their handling of its bailout is taking a toll on another small euro zone member with an over-burdened banking sector- Slovenia.
Cyprus conceded on Thursday that tight capital controls would remain in force longer than expected as the island's banks reopened for the first time after the government was forced to accept a tough EU rescue package to avoid bankruptcy.
Discussing the uncertainty ahead for Cyprus, with Edward Yardeni of Yardeni Research and Michael Ozanian of Forbes Magazine.
Pier Carlo Padoan, chief economist at the OECD, tells CNBC that despite results which appear disappointing, they are not pessimistic as the G7 forecast in fact indicates an improving situation.
European shares closed higher on Thursday after Cypriot banks re-opened after an almost two-week closure.
Louisa Bojesen takes you through the European markets, which closed higher on Thursday.
Peter Ceretti, researcher at Eurasia Group, tells CNBC that the failure of Per Luigi Bersani to form a coalition government means the President will take control of the process, but it will be 6-12 months before an election is called.
Chris Tinker, founder of Libra Investment Services, tells CNBC that once people realise the extent of Brussels' desire to 'dictate' Europe, markets will respond and suffer accordingly.
One soccer club in Scotland could be set for great things after a turbulent few years. Time to invest?
The president of Rotana believes there are significant investment opportunities in Iran, despite growing international sanctions.
Barbara Marcin, Gabelli Dividend & Income Fund portfolio manager, and Michael Santoli, senior columnist, Yahoo Finance, discuss the markets and economy, and whether things are actually getting better.
Italian Economy Minister Vittorio Grilli said on Thursday he had no knowledge of any imminent decision by Moody's to cut Italy's sovereign debt rating.
Maury Harris, chief U.S. economist, UBS Investment Research, and Scott Shellady of Trean discuss the health of the U.S. economy, what current data says about the sequester, and the long-term impact on markets.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso Cabrera reports on banks reopening in Cyprus and the limits they've imposed on depositors. The situation, she says, is calmer than expected.
David Owen, chief european economist at Jefferies, questions whether U.S. investors will continue to want to buy bonds from the euro zone following the Cyprus crisis, Portugal's appeal for a loan repayment extension and what he expects to be "a very turbulent period" in the coming months.
Gervais Williams, MD at Miton Group, argues that often the best performers are smaller companies because they're so cheap and many can grow irrespective of the wider economic situation.
Some European citizens are looking to escape their economic troubles by joining an Italian commune.
Richard Staite, U.S. banks analyst at Atlantic Equities, outlines why investors are reallocating away from Europe and towards U.S banks, citing strong capital return to shareholders, better transparency and expected strong earnings recovery in the next two years as main reasons.
Cyprus's plan to impose capital controls threatens to test the ties that bind Europe's monetary union and could see euros on the Mediterranean island valued differently to those in the rest of the bloc.
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Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insight & Strategy, says he's "very skeptical" of a 2016 Nokia break-even and discusses Microsoft's mobile and cloud strategy.
Aaron Rakers, managing director at Stifel, discusses Apple's strategy in emerging markets and highlights that the group's cash position is "very consistently strong".
David Enrich, European banking editor at the Wall Street Journal, says the data Deutsche Bank's U.S. unit presents to regulators is "completely screwed up".