Due to violations of the conditions for the selection, Gazprom suspended today deliveries to Latvia. Winter is still far away, and 12 EU countries already lack gas, the European Commission said. Journalists talk about dry street fountains and dimmed building lights. Analysts criticize Brussels for the lack of realism in unleashing an economic conflict with Russia. And politicians come up with new – sometimes extremely exotic ways – to save money.
Spanish Prime Minister Sanchez has found a new way to save energy. He suggests that officials and businessmen give up ties so as not to overload office air conditioners.
“You have noticed that I am without a tie. This means that we can all save energy. I have already asked ministers and civil servants, and I would also like to ask the private sector: if it is not necessary, do not wear ties. This way we will save the energy that our country needs so much,” said Pedro Sanchez.
The energy consumed by ties cannot be translated into megawatts, so it is difficult to understand how efficient such a model is. The heat is on, prices are rising, so Spaniards may be encouraged to further downsize their wardrobe until winter arrives. In Europe, they are actively developing another way to save money.
Following Berlin, the streets of another German city of Augsburg darkened: the facades of historical buildings are not illuminated, the light of lanterns is dimmed, most of the fountains do not work.
The coming gloom was felt even in London – the Spectator writes that the situation in Germany should be a warning to the British cabinet, which needs to diversify energy already now.
In England, they have not yet chosen a new prime minister, it is not clear who to ask. The current government has promised financial support to ordinary households, but with an average annual price tag of 3,500 pounds for gas and electricity, the promised help is clearly not enough. British experts urge to prepare for the worst.
“We’re going into a period where business energy prices can be five, six, seven times what they’ve been historically. You end up with businesses that can’t afford to operate,” said analyst Robert Buckley. .
The London Financial Times is wondering if Europe’s sanctions resource has run out and whether it will be possible to maintain unity in the confrontation with the Russians. “Gas prices jumped 20% this week, Europe could face a full blown energy crisis this winter, increase costs for industry and push Europe into recession.”
Gas prices jumped 20% as Russia stepped up pressure on Europe. As Kremlin-controlled Gazprom continued to slash supplies through Nord Stream, the critical pipeline linking Russia to Germany, fears grew that Europe could face a full-blown energy crisis this winter that could cause great suffering to consumers, increase costs for industry and push Europe into recession.
The search for alternative sources of supply of resources to European leaders has not yet brought great success. Ernst Klass, head of the Bundestag energy committee, calls for a realistic look at things. “I myself was in Saudi Arabia, in the United Arab Emirates, I was in Qatar, I was in Norway. No one can compensate us for this shortage, which would not be with Russian gas,” Ernst said.
“Green energy” is forgotten for a while – global demand for coal this year may reach the peak that was observed in 2013. The senselessness of anti-Russian sanctions is obvious to everyone, except for European officials. The head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, was especially successful in this ability to close his eyes.
“We have to adapt, we cannot go from 40% to zero overnight. We are going to do it, and Russia knows that soon we will stop buying gas from it,” Josep Borrell said.
Such a vision of the world, it would seem, should have alerted countries that seek to get into the European Union for a long time. Faced with an energy crisis and drought, even Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic is complaining. This is despite the fact that Belgrade is in a winning position, paying for Russian gas at 350-370 dollars per thousand cubic meters.
“We have no water anywhere. Today, the price of electricity has reached a record European level, and our people pay 14 times less for electricity,” said Aleksandar Vucic.
The European Union prefers to call the current crisis temporary difficulties, although everyone understands perfectly well that the time for truly serious problems will come later, when it gets colder.