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Italian finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan, says Italy is one of the most "sustainable" fiscal systems out of all of the developed economies, despite a high debt level.
Yianos Kontopoulos, group CIO of Eurobank Ergasias, says the Greek economy is improving after the country made a strong return to the bond market.
Daniel Gleeson, mobile analyst at IHS, says Samsung has reduced the interoperability of its wearable technology by only making it compatible with other Samsung products.
Marc Ostwald, strategist at Monument Securities, says the quantitative easing carried out by the European Central Bank will not follow the method used by the Bank of Japan or U.S. Federal Reserve.
John Vail, chief global strategist at Nikko Asset Management, says Japanese stocks will return to being a earnings-driven market.
Michael Sneyd, FX analyst at BNP Paribas, says stronger U.S. data in Q2 will strengthen the dollar, particularly against the yen and euro.
Italian finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan, says that the reform package put forward by Matteo Renzi's government will boost growth in the country.
A woman has been taken into custody after throwing a shoe at Hillary Clinton.
Iain Armstrong, divisional director at Brewin Dolphin, says BP's decision to take a 20 percent stake in Russian oil company Rosneft was a "very good deal" in the long term.
Ukraine's acting foreign minister tells CNBC that the 'more concrete action and determined sanctions' should be taken against Russia.
Marco Talmon, founder and CEO of Viber, says the company's new e-commerce services are not turning the app into "one big supermarket".
Andrii Deshchytsia, foreign minister of Ukraine, says Russia is overcharging Ukraine for gas and is using it as a political tool.
CNBC's Stephane Pedrazzi reports on Carrefour's earnings which saw sales hit by negative currency effects.
Bill O'Neill, head of U.K. investment office at UBS Wealth Management, says the Bank of England is on "autopilot" as the U.K. economy improves and a 2015 interest rate hike looms.
European shares opened higher on Thursday with investor sentiment buoyed by the release of the minutes from the latest Federal Reserve meeting.
Andrii Deshchytsia, foreign minister of Ukraine, says more "determined sanctions" can be deployed if Russia continues its aggressive actions.
Bate C Toms, chairman of the British Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce, said Russia's invasion of Ukraine was aimed at destabilizing the country.
Nick Carn, founder of Carn Macro Advisors, says the U.S. Federal Reserve's actions will "see-saw".
Don Smith, government bond strategist at ICAP, says investors buying the latest round of Greek bonds are buying into an improving economic environment in Europe.
Karl Hennessy, CEO of the global broking center at AON, says elections in the emerging markets as well as the potential for currency controls are the biggest risks for several countries.
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.