A Predictable Energy Crisis Takes Europe by Surprise

A Predictable Energy Crisis Takes Europe by Surprise
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speaks during a media conference at EU headquarters in Brussels, Sept. 7, 2022 (AP photo by Virginia Mayo).

There is nothing more depressing than seeing policymakers surprised by a crisis that informed observers have been predicting for many years. A case in point is the way the EU and the U.K. have lurched into furious action after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to address their energy dependence on Russia and other autocracies.

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