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Russia, Ukraine hold emergency gas talks as cutoff looms

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The European Union, which is mediating the talks in Brussels hoping to keep gas flowing despite the dispute, imports around 40 percent of its gas from Russia, half through conflict-torn Ukraine.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin of Russia visits an oil rig in the Caspian Sea operated by Lukoil, April 28, 2010. (Alexei Druzhinin/Pool via The New York Times)

How much more economic pain can Vladimir Putin take?

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It looks like the one-two punch of sanctions and cheap oil are about to wreck Russia.
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Cash-strapped Ukraine struggles to keep Russia gas supplies

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With Ukraine’s economy on the brink of collapse and money from a 15.5 billion-euro ($17.5 billion) bailout deal from the International Monetary Fund that has not yet reached Ukrainian coffers, it is unclear how capable — or how willing — Kiev is to strike a long-term deal with Moscow.
The headquarters of GDF Suez SA stand at La Defense in Paris. (Nigel Dickinson/Bloomberg)

GDF Suez to lower spending on oil crash as 2014 profit falls

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GDF Suez had lowered its 2014 profit forecast because two nuclear reactors in Belgium remained halted due to safety checks of cracks in their cores.
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Repsol profit triples as refining counterbalances oil drop

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Oil’s drop of almost 50 percent over the past six months pushed companies from Total SA and Royal Dutch Shell Plc to BP Group Plc and Statoil ASA to announce investment cuts in the past month.
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Premier oil suspends dividend after posting full-year loss

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First oil from its Solan project in the North Sea west of Shetlands is now expected in the second half instead of the second quarter because of poor weather conditions, the company said.
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CGG to cut about 400 jobs after 2014 $1.2 billion net loss

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Last year, Europe’s second-biggest oil-services provider Technip approached CGG about a combination of the two French companies specialized in providing equipment and studies for the energy industry. The surveyor, which has cut jobs and reduced its fleet, rejected the bid.
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Oil slump threatens easy life of affluent Norwegians

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After a decade of an oil-and-gas boom, plunging energy prices are shaking Norwegians out of a Utopian reverie that guaranteed workers lengthy summer vacations, generous health and social benefits, and allowed them to leave work at 4 p.m. and even earlier on Fridays.
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Chevron pulls out of shale gas exploration in Romania

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The company began drilling for shale gas at its exploration well in northeastern Romania in 2014, a project that drew protests. It is also ending its three other concessions in Romania.
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Dutch authorities put gas revenues ahead of safety, report says following earthquakes

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The Dutch Safety Board reached the conclusion in a report prompted by dozens of small but damaging earthquakes caused by gas drilling that have rocked the northern province of Groningen for years, causing structural damage to thousands of buildings.