Russia Warns Ukraine as Military Sweep Resumes


Russia Warns Ukraine as Military Sweep Resumes
BY ANDREY OSTROUKH —Naftali Bendavid and Marcin Sobczyk contributed to this article.
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2014

MOSCOW—Russia warned on Wednesday that any attack on its citizens in Ukraine would be considered an attack on Russia itself, as the Ukrainian government resumed its military operation against pro-Russian militants who have taken over several cities in…read more…

Separatists Transform Life in Small City


Separatists Transform Life in Small City
BY PHILIP SHISHKIN
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2014

SLOVYANSK, Ukraine—Days before he became the self-appointed “people’s mayor” of this separatist-held city, Vyacheslav Ponomaryov ran a factory brewing soap out of poultry fat in crusty, malodorous vats next to a cloudy runoff pool. “He shocked and…read more…

Kremlin Shelves Spending Boost to Propel Economy


Kremlin Shelves Spending Boost to Propel Economy
BY ALEXANDER KOLYANDR
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2014

MOSCOW— Russian President Vladimir Putin has shelved a plan to boost government spending to revive the country’s stalling economy, according to three people familiar with the discussions. The decision came at a closeddoor session Tuesday night in…read more…

Euro Growth Is Up, But Prices Decline


Euro Growth Is Up, But Prices Decline
BY PAUL HANNON AND BRIAN BLACKSTONE — Liis Kangsepp contributed to this article.
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2014

Business activity in the euro zone expanded at an accelerated pace at the start of the second quarter, a closely watched business survey showed, but companies cut the prices they charged customers, indicating that the European Central Bank’s worries…read more…

Fed Maps Flexible Path On Short-Term Rates


Fed Maps Flexible Path On Short-Term Rates
BY JON HILSENRATH
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2014

Federal Reserve officials are on track to reduce their monthly bond buying to $ 45 billion at their policy meeting next week and stick with a communications approach that leaves investors guessing about when the central bank will start raising short-…read more…

U.K. Coal Industry at Crossroad


U.K. Coal Industry at Crossroad
BY SELINA WILLIAMS
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2014

LONDON—The U.K. coal industry is at the point of fizzling out following the planned closure of two of its three remaining deep mines in northern England. Among the beneficiaries: Russian exporters of the commodity. U.K. production of coal—still a…read more…

Japan Criticizes Width Of Wider Panama Canal


Japan Criticizes Width Of Wider Panama Canal
By Mari Iwata in Tokyo and Dan Molinski in Bogotá, Colombia
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2014

Japan has protested to Panama about planned limits on the size of ships in the Panama Canal, saying they could prevent some U. S. natural gas from reaching customers in Asia. The issue has cast a pall over hopes for expanded trade in natural gas after…read more…

Stoxx, S& P Decline After Win Streaks


Stoxx, S& P Decline After Win Streaks
BY TOMMY STUBBINGTON
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2014

European shares slipped and the euro strengthened after data indicated the currency bloc’s economic recovery is gathering momentum, potentially weakening the case for further easing measures from the European Central Bank. Paris stocks led markets…read more…

A Foiled Spring For U.S. Housing


A Foiled Spring For U.S. Housing
— Justin Lahart
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2014

It is getting harder to maintain a belief that the recent softness in the housing market is mostly due to the tough winter. But the chill on home sales may not be as bad as it seems. Wednesday brought another batch of bad news on housing’s health: The…read more…

Portugal Ready to Go Alone


Portugal Ready to Go Alone
— Richard Barley
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2014

Portugal has been seen as following in Ireland’s bondmarket footsteps for much of the past 18 months. Remarkably, it is now rapidly catching up with the leading light of the euro zone’s bailed- out nations. An unsupported exit for Portugal from its â��78…read more…