A gun attack in east Ukraine at the weekend threatens to derail a peace deal to prevent a broader conflict in the region and keeps geo-political risk alive, analysts say.
German car maker Volkswagen's business is falling short of expectations in Russia, its CEO told CNBC at the Auto China show on Sunday.
Tight money would be an inappropriate policy stance for the euro area which continues to struggle with a weak and uncertain economic recovery.
Italy has decided to sell one of its island located in the Venice lagoon in an online auction, searching for funds.
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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.