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Russian Gas Cuts Risk Reviving Old EU Divisions This Winter

  • Southern capitals cool to excessive efforts to help Germany
  • Bloc confident that solidarity will prevail against Putin

Russia’s gas cuts risk fracturing the unity of the European Union this winter as strained budgets and supply issues limit the bloc’s capacity to cope with a sudden, severe energy shortage.

EU nations are seeking to sustain their common response to what they label President Vladimir Putin’s blackmail five months into the invasion of Ukraine. But their discussions are starting to echo the tensions that divided northern and southern member states in the aftermath of the financial crisis.