The lights are going out across Europe


The EU's 27 member states - all modern, advanced industrialised economies, some among the richest in the world - are about to start rationing their energy supplies. This week, at an extraordinary summit, EU members agreed to a European Commission proposal to slash their gas use by a punishing 15 per cent over the next eight months. From August 2022 to March 2023, the lamps will, quite literally, be going out all over Europe.

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