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The CEOs of European companies tell CNBC about the biggest challenges facing their business.
Andreas Rees, chief German economist at Unicredit, discusses his predictions for what decisions the European Central Bank will make on Thursday.
Naresh Chouhan, European pharmaceutical equity research at Liberum Capital, says the development of new drugs means the pharmaceutical industry will see "significant growth" ahead.
European equities opened higher on Thursday ahead of a monetary policy decisions from the European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of England (BoE).
Jochen Wermuth, founding partner and chief investment officer at Wermuth Asset Management GmbH, says it is a "complete waste of time" exploring new oil and gas reserves because environmentally, we "cannot afford" to burn it.
Rick McVey, CEO of MarketAxess, says bond issuance is on the rise as companies take advantage of low interest rates and investors increase their exposure to fixed income.
Michel Combes, CEO of Alcatel Lucent, says the company's restructuring plans are on track.
Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, says there is "fragile stabilization" in the European economy but any "disturbance" could set the continent back.
Andrew Horton, CEO of Beazley, says the lack of natural disasters in 2013 has helped the company.
Peter Long, CEO of TUI Travel, says the company has had a strong January as poor weather in the U.K. is pushing customers to go on holiday.
Edmund Shing, global equity portfolio manager at BCS Financial Group, says investors would be "brave" to buy European banks as there may be more "skeletons in the closet" in terms of litigation.
Brady Dougan, CEO of Credit Suisse, says he is "encouraged" by the bank's progress in settling litigation issues, but there is still work to do.
Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, says the U.K. government has a long way to go before it will see a budget in surplus.
Bernard Charlès, CEO of Dassault Systèmes, says the company is in a good position to expand further into fast growing markets such as India and China.
Thomas Harjes, senior European economist at Barclays, says the European Central Bank could cut the refinancing rate at its meeting today.
Thanos Papasavvas, fixed income and currencies strategist at Investec Asset Management, discusses the European economy and the actions taken by the European Central Bank.
Simon Dingemans, CFO of GSK, says the emerging markets are still contributing to the company's growth "across the board".
David Selinger, CEO and co-founder of RichRelevance, said consumers like targeted advertisements and it makes them return to a website for more.
Nick Hayek, CEO of Swatch Group, says the company has trumped the China slowdown and is continuing to grow in the mainland.
European equities opened lower on Wednesday despite gains on Wall Street and in Asian equity markets.
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.