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Winter Crisis Raises Prospect of Energy Blockades in Europe

  • Cold weather could spur governments to halt energy flows
  • Irish grid stopped power flows to U.K. already this winter
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Europe’s heading into winter facing an unprecedented energy squeeze, and politicians are trying to figure out how to stop their citizens freezing.

If the shortages worsen, European governments could resort to curbing sales of natural gas and power to other regions. An even more extreme scenario could see them halt flows to one another, triggering a political and economic crisis.