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Cyprus reopens its banks on Thursday with capital controls in place and guards at branches to help avert bank runs.
Heavy security is visible as the Cyprus central bank gets a truckload of cash delivered ahead of tomorrow's scheduled reopening of the nation's banks. (1:12)
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports that has been no official announcement that the banks will reopen on Thursday.
European shares closed lower on Wednesday as investors grow increasingly worried over the political stalemate in Italy, adding to concerns about Cyprus, which is poised to impose capital controls on its banks.
CNBC's Simon Hobbs reports on all the market moving events in Europe today.
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After more than a week's closure, the world's biggest security firm G4S will be on hand with 35 armored vehicles when Cypriot banks re-open on Thursday, ready to deliver cash to ATMs and deal with any panic.
Cyprus is to impose a ban on cashing checks and limit the amount of cash that can be taken out of the country, a Greek newspaper reported on Wednesday.
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For Iceland, there was a sense of deja vu when Cyprus's finance minister said capital controls would probably last "a matter of weeks". Five years after a banking meltdown, the north Atlantic island has just extended its own controls indefinitely.
Investor concern over Cyprus is rapidly being replaced by fears for Italy, as political deadlock continues.
Luxembourg, home to several European Union institutions, has rebuffed calls from some of its partners to reduce the size of its powerful banking sector in response to the crisis in Cyprus.
U.K. banks will be need to raise an extra 25 billion pounds ($38 billion), the Bank of England's Financial Policy Committee (FPC) said on Wednesday, detailing the capital shortfall facing the country's financial institutions.
CNBC's Kelly Evans reports on all the market moving events from Europe, including Cyprus.
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Bill Blain, senior fixed income broker at Mint Partners, explains that while Cyprus is now "a done deal", one of the remaining big issues will be finding out how much money managed to escape the island despite banks being closed.
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