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CNBC's Ross Westgate reports on all the market moving events from Europe, as investors await a decision on interest rates from the European Central Bank.
Italy might be making friends around Europe for its anti-austerity stance, but the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development warned that the country must stick to implementing spending cuts.
The global economy continues to show signs of slowing, yet stock markets are back near their highs for the year with analysts questioning how long this sentiment will last.
Christoph Rieger, head of interest rate strategy at Commerzbank, says the ECB could surprise with non-standard measures and that a less than 25bps rate cut would disappoint.
Piyush Gupta, CEO at DBS, says DBS, southeast Asia's biggest bank, can sustain a large part of its profits and explains why he is not worried about a slowdown in China or euro zone troubles.
The European Central Bank is under increasing political pressure to act to save the euro zone's moribund economy, with the Irish head of state the latest leader to urge the central bank to change course.
The rot spreading through euro zone manufacturers persisted through April, a business survey showed, bolstering expectations for an interest rate cut by the European Central Bank later on Thursday.
Jacques Cailloux, chief European economist at Nomura and Tobias Blattner, euro area economist at Daiwa Capital Markets, discuss the expected rate cut at the ECB and what further measures could be taken.
Robert Simoncic, CEO of Slovak Investment & Trade Development, tells CNBC that for Slovakia it is important that Europe is fiscally responsible as they are heading towards less than 3 percent deficit.
Karen Tso takes you through the European market open, where stocks are down ahead of the ECB meeting.
UBS shareholder Knight Vinke Asset Management has called for a separation of its wealth management division from its investment banking division, which it claims has tarnished its reputation and damaged client trust.
The Harvard economists have responded once again to the ongoing contentious debate over whether tough austerity measures are helpful or harmful.
Italy's new Prime Minister Enrico Letta won French backing on Wednesday for calls to spur economic growth alongside budget rigor.
Michala Marcussen, global head of economics at Société Générale, tells CNBC that regardless of an ECB rate cut it would not alter her growth forecast.
The ECB is widely expected to cut its main interest rate today, the first time in ten months. Julia Chatterley and Geoff Cutmore report from the ECB meeting place in the capital of Slovakia.
Christian Schulz, Senior Economist at Berenberg Bank expects the Euro Zone economy to stabilize in next few months. He says there's a 60% chance the ECB will reduce the refi rate by 25bps either at the May or June meeting.
David Greene, Senior Corp FX Dealer at Western Union Business Solutions thinks the ECB will hold rates at the May meeting because there's not enough pressure within the ECB board to do so.
Nick Verdi, Director, FX Strategy Asia Pacific ex-Japan at Barclays predicts that the ECB will cut interest rates, and tells CNBC's Cash Flow how to play the euro in the wake of that.
With reassurances that the Fed will keep on easing, markets turn their attention to the European Central Bank Thursday, hoping for a rate cut.
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