Sanctions: A double-edged sword
EU leaders have been debating the potential dangers of imposing punitive sanctions on Moscow. But Brussels has so far been reluctant to follow the lead of the US which is threatening with economic sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine. So far Germany has opposed such measures. Berlin fears Moscow could retaliate against German companies, which have invested billions in Russia.
Ukrainian economy hit hard by unrest
The number of trucks crossing the Polish-Ukrainian border has declined significantly in recent weeks. Many Ukrainian companies are on the verge of bankruptcy. Some Ukrainians are crossing into Poland to buy necessities.
Carmakers pin hopes on Geneva Motor Show
Europe's car industry is battling to recover from a six-year slump in sales. Consumers held back spending particularly in those countries hit by austerity measures following the debt crisis. The mood has brightened recently, but only for premium brands such as BMW or Audi. It's a different picture for compact cars: Renault, Citroen, Peugeot, Fiat and Ford all continue to incur heavy losses in Europe.