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Germany Weighs Nationalizing Uniper as Energy Crisis Worsens

  • Struggling gas giant hit by 12 billion-euro loss in first half
  • Government also considering lifting Uniper stake above 50%
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The German government may increase its stake in Uniper SE above 50% and is open to taking the historic step of fully nationalizing the country’s biggest gas importer to prevent a collapse of the energy system.

Dusseldorf-based Uniper needs more help from the state after already tapping into a support package that could be worth as much as 20 billion euros ($20 billion), according to people familiar with the matter. A surge in natural-gas prices and Russian supply cuts have triggered millions in daily losses, prompting the government to step in with a rescue package in July which included a 30% stake.