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Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Iceland's prime minister, says that a mobile, rapid response NATO force could have a real effect in maintaining peace in localized areas.
uropean shares opened lower on Thursday ahead of rate decisions by the Bank of England and the European Central Bank.
Aymeric Forest, multi-asset fund manager at Schroders, expects the ECB to announce a QE program either on Thursday or in October to boost credit growth in the euro zone.
Walter Huehn, CEO of Element Six, says that euro zone businesses are doing much better than they did two years ago -especially in southern Europe - and comments on ECB actions.
The German economy is very solid says Roland Boekhout, CEO of ING-Diba, adding that the recent slowdown will not result in a "serious long-term slowdown" for the country.
Tony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke chair in strategy at CSIS says that the Ukrainian crisis could result in tensions along the Russian border and that NATO might have to "combine force with sanctions".
Alan Capper, head of credit strategy at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, says that Mario Draghi should reach out to the real economy and appear in mass media to boost consumers' confidence
Catherine Yeung, investor director at Fidelity, says sentiment towards the China equity market is improving and that it remains "very stock specific".
CNBC's Helia Ebrahimi discusses the upcoming Bank of England's MPC meeting following the ONS revision, which shows the U.K.'s recession was not as bad as previously thought.
Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Greek minister of administrative reform and e-governance, discusses Greece's adjustment and forecasts that the country should return to growth this year for the first time in six years.
Georg Fahrenschon, president at the German Savings Banks Association explains that he is opposed to the ECB buying sovereign bonds as there is "enough liquidity in the market".
Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson, Iceland's prime minister, discusses the country's role in NATO and says that the world might be going back "to the world of the Cold War".
Tony Cordesman, Arleigh A. Burke chair in strategy at CSIS, says that NATO countries need to respect the defense spending requirement otherwise "the best NATO statement in the world is hollow".
Nino Tronchetti Provera, managing partner and founder of Ambienta, discusses Europe's energy policies and environmental investing.
Anshu Jain, co-CEO of Deutsche Bank, says the group has excellent momentum going into the second half of the year.
Anshu Jain, co-CEO of Deutsche Bank, says that the group has taken steps to counter the "challenging" low interest environment and says "much more" from the ECB won't make "that big a difference".
Margareta Drzeniek-Hanouz, senior economist at the World Economic Forum, comments on the Global Competitiveness Report and the challenges facing the global economy.
European shares opened higher on Wednesday as investors focused on the European Central Bank's policy meeting on Thursday, with some anticipating it could unveil new stimulus measures.
Gautam Batra, investment strategist at Signia Wealth, discusses the euro zone's economy and says that the ECB is at risk of "falling short" of market expectations.
Edward Hunt, senior defence consultant at IHS Jane's, discusses the upcoming NATO meeting in Wales and says the Ukrainian crisis is very complicated as it doesn't fall under the organisation's charter.
Geoff Cutmore is co-anchor for CNBC’s flagship programme Squawk Box in EMEA; the three-hour show bookends the opening of European equity markets.
Based in London, Tso co-anchors CNBC flagship show in EMEA, Squawk Box, a show that sets the news agenda every trading day.
Stephen Sedgwick co-anchors CNBC's flagship program Squawk Box Europe and is also CNBC's OPEC reporter covering major meetings.