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John Cridland, director general of the CBI, says cutting taxes is the best way to generate more tax revenues.
John Cridland, director general of the CBI, says he has doubts over Labour's market intervention policies which could "choke off" investment.
Independent economist Edward Hugh, says the non-binding independence referendum in Catalonia was "illegal" but shows the defiant mood in the Spanish region.
More than 80 percent of Catalans voted for independence on Sunday, in an informal and non-binding referendum that was not backed by central government.
David Cole, CFO of Swiss Re, says that the business remains strong despite a softening natural catastrophe market.
Abdallah Salem El-Badri, secretary general of OPEC, says he is worried that the low oil price will have a negative impact on investment in oil projects.
U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne says the 2.1 billion euros ($2.6 billion) requested by the European Union is "unacceptable".
The Catalonian government will push ahead with a symbolic independence referendum on Sunday, despite a court ruling against it. Josep Suarez, U.K. delegate for the government of Catalonia, says the vote will create the base for negotiations with the central government in Madrid.
Anders Runevad, CEO of Vestas, says he is optimistic on the European Union's renewable energy policy.
Gautam Batra, investment strategist at Signia Wealth, says recent hawkishness from the U.S. Federal Reserve could be the "fly in the ointment" for markets.
European shares opened slightly higher on Friday, buoyed by the European Central Bank, as investors looked ahead to U.S. jobs data.
Abdalla el-Badri, secretary general of OPEC, says the ISIS problem needs to solved quickly as it will affect production and investment appetite for oil.
Abdalla el-Badri, secretary general of OPEC, says consumers and producers are "panicking" over the falling oil price and need to "relax".
Bob Janjuah, co-head of cross-asset allocation strategy at Nomura, says that there is "discomfort" among investors with how the markets have traded in the past two to three weeks.
Steve Holliday, CEO of National Grid, says the company has the right tools to make sure that energy demands during the winter are met.
Tim Warrillow, co-founder and CEO of Fever Tree, the British high-end soft drinks maker, discusses the company's initial public offering and how a "gap in the market" led to the founding of the company.
Belgian riot police used tear gas and water cannons to quell anti-austerity protests in Brussels on Thursday.
Olivier Mallet, CFO of Vallourec, says that the company's partnership with Brazilian oil firm Petrobras is a "great asset" despite warning earlier this year that profits would drop as customers run down inventories to cut costs.
Manish Singh, strategist and head of investments at Crossbridge Capital, says the prospect of further ECB action combined with a falling euro makes European equities a buy in the first quarter of 2015.
CNBC's Hadley Gamble discusses what oil price OPEC is comfortable with and how the falling oil price is affecting Saudi Arabia, Iran, Russia and the U.S.
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.