*Labour says Britain risks lost decade of stagnation. *Labour: Britain needs to drive demand to revive economy.
Italy needs a strong political government, not another technocrat administration when Prime Minister Mario Monti's term ends in the spring, the head of the country's main employers' confederation said on Sunday.
An aide to Ukraine's president said on Monday that Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko risked losing an IMF credit by attaching conditions to the adoption by parliament of financial measures required for the loan.
In a time of rising food prices, investors should have agricultural stocks in their portfolios, Victor Badin, fund manager at Global Cap, said.
As food prices surge investors should look to the Commonwealth of Independent States for opportunities, says strategist Kingsmill Bond.
U.S. President George W. Bush set the stage for a clash at his final NATO summit on Wednesday by pressing reluctant west European allies to set former Soviet republics Georgia and Ukraine on a path to membership.
Tough talks lie ahead to underpin the latest deal to ensure uninterrupted gas supplies from Russia to Ukraine and onward to West European customers, with no guarantees against a new row between the two ex-Soviet states.
Russia's Gazprom and Ukraine's Naftogaz agreed on Wednesday to restore full gas supplies to Ukraine two days after the giant Russian export monopoly cut back shipments in a price dispute, Naftogaz said.
Gas giant Gazprom, whose chairman Dmitry Medvedev was elected Russian president on Monday, said it will halve gas supplies to Ukraine from Tuesday because a debt dispute between them has not been resolved.
Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom reduced supplies to Ukraine by a quarter on Monday, just hours after its chairman and Kremlin candidate Dmitry Medvedev won Russia's presidential election.
Russia's state gas monopoly Gazprom said Tuesday it had reached a deal on settling Ukraine's $1.3 billion (922 million euros) debt for gas supplies.
Russia said on Wednesday it had reached a deal with Ukraine over a large gas debt after threatening to reduce supplies, but Kiev denied that it owed as much as the $1.3 billion cited by Moscow.
Russia's gas export monopoly Gazprom will cut supplies to Ukraine if Kiev fails to agree repayment terms on a $1.3 billion debt for earlier deliveries, Gazprom said on Tuesday.
Exit polls in Ukraine's parliamentary election appeared to produce a near dead-heat on Sunday between the backers of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich and "orange" groups linked to President Viktor Yushchenko.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko's decree to dissolve parliament came into force on Tuesday, putting him in direct confrontation with his prime minister and rival Viktor Yanukovich.
Ukraine's two main airlines threatened Thursday to cancel all flights, blaming a sharp hike in jet fuel prices.