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Crunch time for gas supplies in Europe, particularly in Germany

European Union officials unveil tomorrow their winter preparedness plan to ensure countries have enough natural gas to get through the end of this year as Russia, the continent's single-biggest energy supplier, squeezes hard by restricting supplies.

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As Europe swelters under an unprecedented heatwave, few on the continent are thinking about the coming cold seasons of autumn and winter, which are months away.

But as European Union officials unveil tomorrow their winter preparedness plan to ensure countries have enough natural gas to get through the end of this year, they will struggle to hide their sense of panic. For Russia, the continent's single-biggest energy supplier, is now squeezing Europe hard by restricting gas supplies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 19, 2022, with the headline Crunch time for gas supplies in Europe, particularly in Germany. Subscribe