EU, Ukraine Ties Fray As Crisis Lingers On


EU, Ukraine Ties Fray As Crisis Lingers On
BY LAURENCE NORMAN
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2015

Senior European Union officials travel to Kiev on Monday for their first formal Ukraine summit since the crisis with Russia broke last spring. The top priority for the talks has been unspoken: stemming an erosion of trust between Kiev and its Western…read more…

China Warns North Korea Threat Rising


China Warns North Korea Threat Rising
By Jeremy Page in Beijing And Jay Solomon in Washington
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2015

China’s top nuclear experts have increased their estimates of North Korea’s nuclear weapons production well beyond most previous U.S. figures, suggesting Pyongyang can make enough warheads to threaten regional security for the U.S. and its allies. The…read more…

U.S., Russia Trade Accusations Over Ukraine Troop Buildup


U.S., Russia Trade Accusations Over Ukraine Troop Buildup
BY ALAN CULLISON
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2015

KIEV—Russia and the U.S. traded barbs Thursday over the presence of troops in Ukraine, a day after Washington said the Kremlin had resumed a buildup of forces around the conflict zone. The stepped- up rhetoric comes amid signs of an unraveling of the…read more…

Eurozone’s Economy Slowed Slightly in April


Eurozone’s Economy Slowed Slightly in April
BY PAUL HANNON
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2015

The eurozone’s economy slowed slightly in April, but continued to grow at a faster pace than in recent years, according to surveys of purchasing managers. The surveys continue to indicate that the eurozone economy has emerged from a long period of…read more…

Saudis Keep Up Yemen Air Campaign


Saudis Keep Up Yemen Air Campaign
By Hakim Almasmari in San’a, Yemen, and Asa Fitch in Dubai
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2015

A new round of airstrikes hit weapons depots and other military installations in Yemen on Thursday, two days after the Saudi government announced it was scaling back its air campaign against the neighboring country. The attacks were the latest in the…read more…

Investors on Hunt for Big Oil’s Next Prey


Investors on Hunt for Big Oil’s Next Prey
BY SELINA WILLIAMS
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2015

LONDON—Europe’s biggest independent oil companies are flush with energy assets, but battered by the collapse of crude prices. Investors are betting on which one could be the next big acquisition target, following Royal Dutch Shell PLC’s deal earlier…read more…

PetrobrasWrites Off $17 Billion


PetrobrasWrites Off $17 Billion
BY PAUL KIERNAN
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO—Brazil’s state oil company Petróleo Brasileiro SA put a price tag on a corruption scandal that has thrown the country into political and economic turmoil, writing off $17 billion due to losses from graft and overvalued assets. The…read more…

Debt Propels China’s Stock- Market Rally


Debt Propels China’s Stock- Market Rally
BY CHAO DENG — Gregor Stuart Hunter contributed to this article.
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2015

Concern is growing over a surge in bets by mom-and-pop investors using cash borrowed from brokers to pile into, and fuel, China’s booming stock market. Margin lending has more than tripled in the past year to a record 1.7 trillion yuan ($274.6…read more…

Nasdaq Sets Record 15 Years After Bust


Nasdaq Sets Record 15 Years After Bust
BY DAN STRUMPF
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2015

The Nasdaq Composite Index breached its all-time closing high for the first time in 15 years on Thursday, the latest push higher for the technology-heavy index, which has pulled ahead of the broader market this year. The index topped its all-time…read more…

Eurozone Economy Is on Track


Eurozone Economy Is on Track
—Richard Barley
The Wall Street Journal Europe
Apr 24 2015

Keep calm and carry on. Three eurozone surveys have provided disappointing headlines this week: Markit’s flash purchasing-managers indexes, the ZEW German economic expectations number and the European Commission’s consumer-confidence indicator. A…read more…