Europe’s Gas-Rationing Plan Shows the Cracks in the EU’s Unity

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels on July 20, 2022 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).
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European Union officials are putting on a brave face as the bloc approves a plan to ration natural gas this winter to avoid an energy crisis should Russia make additional cuts to its exports. But the discussions leading up to the plan’s approval revealed cracks in their public display of solidarity.

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