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With Europe locked in a multi-billion-dollar game of chicken with Cyprus, markets Friday were watching closely to see which side would blink first.
Peter Attard Montalto, emerging market economist at Nomura International, tells CNBC that Slovenia's fiscal situation is quite different to Cyprus, despite the fact it may too be forced to ask for a bailout.
The solution to the crisis in Cyprus is very simple: let the troubled banks fail.
Takis Phidias, acting CEO of Laiki Bank, tells CNBC that the proposed Cypriot resolution will hand 'tremendous powers' to the national bank in an attempt to deal with the country's huge financial problems.
Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist at BNY Mellon, tells CNBC that the market's steady response to Cyprus is reminiscent of its movement as the first Greek crisis loomed large in 2010.
Italian parties reacted skeptically on Friday to center-left leader Pier Luigi Bersani's call for a government backed by all political forces, complicating efforts to end the stalemate left by last month's election.
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.
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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.
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Howard Goldring, director at Delmore Asset Management, says GlaxoSmithKline may be trying to take on too much restructuring in too short a time-frame.
European shares closed higher on Wednesday amid speculation over bond buying by the ECB and the results of an upcoming bank stress test.
Alexei Kudrin, the former finance minister of Russia, says if Brent crude were to slip to $80 the Russian economy would be "challenged"