Eastern Europe


  • Belarus Duty Won't Hit Russia Oil Exports: Kremlin Thursday, 4 Jan 2007 | 6:10 AM ET

    Russia has received official notification that Belarus has imposed a transit duty on its oil exports, but does not expect an escalating trade row to disrupt crude oil supplies to Europe, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

  • Transatlantic Mergers Surged 30% in 2006 Friday, 29 Dec 2006 | 4:36 PM ET

    U.S. acquirers spent $109.6 billion buying European companies in 2006 over a total of 740 transactions. That marks almost a 15% increase over the number of deals in 2005.

  • Slovakia's Central Bank Buys Euros Thursday, 28 Dec 2006 | 6:43 AM ET

    Slovakia's central bank on Thursday began buying up euros in a bid to stem appreciation of its own currency, the koruna, a bank spokesman said.

  • Royal Dutch Shell has made a new offer to Gazprom on terms for the state-controlled Russian natural gas giant to join a Shell-controlled energy project off the Pacific island of Sakhalin, a company official said Monday.

  • Russian water protection authorities have suspended licenses from a subcontractor of the Shell-led liquefied natural gas project Sakhalin-2.

  • Poland's Unemployment Down to 14.8% in Nov. Wednesday, 6 Dec 2006 | 5:17 AM ET

    Poland's jobless rate fell to a five-year low of 14.8% in November, edging down from 14.9% in October, the labor minister said Wednesday.