EU standoff breaks out as France and Germany split over energy crisis | World

EU standoff breaks out as France and Germany split over energy crisis | World

While nine EU states refused to change the internal energy market, Emmanuel Macron tried to use the current crisis to introduce new measures into the bloc. Despite Mr Macron’s attempt to introduce more government intervention, Germany and eight other countries have opposed using the current crisis to reform the internal market. Indeed, in a slap in the face for Mr Macron, a letter from the nine European states said they could not support measures that “conflict with the internal gas and electricity market”.

Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Latvia, the Netherlands and Austria signed the letter with Germany which called for caution about the intervention.
A letter from the nine countries said: “As price spikes have global drivers, we must be very careful before interfering in the design of the internal energy market.

“This will not be a remedy to alleviate the current rise in energy prices linked to fossil fuel markets.

“A well-managed energy transition is not the cause, but part of the solution to keep prices affordable and predictable.

“We cannot support measures which conflict with the internal gas and electricity market. ”
Such is the clash within the bloc that Brussels correspondent for Die Welt, Tobias Kaiser, claimed that the energy price clash would cause the next ‘divide’ in Europe.

He said: “The expensive energy controversy divides the continent: some states want interventions in the market to protect their populations from costs, others warn against this.

“Germany is remarkably clear. And behind France’s position, there is a program of their own. “

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“The French government wants less free market and instead more planning, centralized decision-making and more government intervention. “

Energy ministers from across the bloc gathered in Luxembourg to discuss the energy crisis this week.

Although France, as well as states like Spain, have called for reforms, member states have instead opted for temporary measures to help vulnerable households and struggling businesses.

The summit was called after soaring gas prices across Europe.

EU states have accused Russia of arming Europe’s energy supply.

While the Russian government denied this, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen admitted the bloc was too dependent on gas imports.


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