Thank you, Vladimir

I have never been a particular fan of Vladimir Putin, but you have to hand it to the man, the spectacular way in which the Russian-Ukrainian gas dispute has encouraged Europe to rethink its energy dependence on unsavoury regimes is a pretty nice gift to European policy makers. Somehow Germany’s continued defense of the reliability of Russian gas supplies – perhaps influenced by former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s dealings with Gazprom? – rings increasingly hollow.

As I noted in a previous post, crises always help focus the mind. Let’s just hope that the apparent ending of the crisis does not encourage European leaders to fall back into complacency.The EC and EP are saying the right things:

Now it is time for the member-states to support a long-overdue European energy strategy in earnest.



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