Natural gas futures surged in Europe after Germany’s energy regulator temporarily suspended certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The move followed the Swiss-based project creating a German subsidiary to own and operate the German section of the pipeline. The Bundesnetzagentur said Nord Stream 2, which was set to begin operations this year, failed to organize an operator recognized under German law, sending gas prices higher. “The subsidiary itself must meet the requirements of the Energy Industry Act for an … Continue reading “UK Gas Prices Jump 10% After Germany Suspends Nord Stream 2 Certification”
The European Union has postponed the next round of negotiations for a free trade agreement with Australia for a month. The move clearly is in retribution for the cancellation of the French $90 billion submarine contract.
Centre-left SPD and their candidate, Olaf Scholz, secured a narrow win in the German election which saw Angela Merkel’s centre-right CDU party and their candidate, Armin Laschet, plunge to a historic low. Parties will embark on “exploratory talks” to form a government, with a three-way coalition considered the most likely.
What comes to mind with the current European energy crisis is the unexpected consequences of decision making without thought of possible headwinds. The current crisis has been borne out of what could best be described as ignorant energy and environmental policies. Putting the cart before the horse the issue with populist kneejerk policy.