At least two people were killed in a gunfight early on Sunday near a Ukrainian city controlled by pro-Russian separatists.
In Slovakia, the government is using receipts in a monthly lottery in order to force restaurant and shop owners to pay sales taxes.
Volkswagen will keep adding capacity in China as the German group is counting on double-digit growth in the biggest auto market.
The U.S. plans small ground-force exercises amid Russia's military operations in and near Ukraine.
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Jan Dunning, CEO of St Petersburg-headquartered hypermarket chain Lenta, says the situation in Ukraine has had no impact on the group, as consumer confidence remains unaffected in Russia.
Vincent Deluard, European strategist at Ned Davis Research Group, says the strong euro is a problem for the region's companies, especially for the large exporters.
European shares closed higher on Thursday as investors brushed aside concerns regarding Ukraine and focused instead on Wall Street earnings and the latest U.S. jobs data.