December 5, 2022

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Europe is preparing to enter a war economy

President of the European Commission, Ursula van der Leyen, on Wednesday 20 July. YVES HERMAN/Reuters

Decryption – Brussels member states must reduce consumption by 15% because Russia can reduce supply.

Correspondent in Brussels

Europe is preparing to fall into a war economy. At the very least, the proposal put forward by European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen on Wednesday calls into question the actual potential supply of gas, and is intended to anticipate the worst-case scenario: Gas shortage Due to exceptionally high consumption, if the next winter is severe, above all, Russia’s supply will be disrupted. «Russia uses energy as a weapon. So, either way, whether it’s a partial and major cut of Russian gas or a complete cut of Russian gas, Europe needs to be prepared.», “VDL” warned on Wednesday.

Russia supplied Europeans with around 150 billion cubic meters of gas in 2021, or 40% of EU imports. Gazprom Since the war in Ukraine began, flows have fallen by more than a third, and prices have soared. Vladimir Putin is playing busy…

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