(ORDO NEWS) — The head of the European Commission (EC), Ursula von der Leyen, must tell the people of Europe the truth about the harsh winter and the need to make sacrifices due to the energy crisis. This was stated on September 13 in an article by Bloomberg.
“Von der Leyen must tell citizens clearly that winter will require sacrifice and that energy consumption will have to be reduced by 10-15%. And she must also tell them that EU member states will do everything possible to share the costs and maximize supplies from non-Russian sources,” wrote Lionel Laurent, author of the article.
He noted that von der Leyen will have to show his leadership qualities and restore the confidence of Europeans in the EU authorities. At the same time, she needs to remain honest and admit that it will be difficult to survive the winter without Russian gas.
Laurent also said that the head of the EC will have to make difficult decisions, which the current leaders of the EU countries are incapable of. It depends on whether the inhabitants of Europe will follow the instructions of their authorities or refuse to trust them.
Earlier that day, it was reported that the European Union may limit the volume of gas supplies from Russia in late autumn. The interlocutor of RIA Novosti said that the EU restriction on gas imports from the Russian Federation may be similar to a ban on the supply of Russian oil.
Also on September 13, The Guardian reported that the European Union would likely abandon the introduction of a price cap on Russian gas , but would impose a tax on the excess profits of oil and gas companies.
Meanwhile, Belgian Prime Minister Alexandre de Croo said on September 9 that the European economy would “stop” if the EU discussed the energy problem for weeks. According to him, this is fraught with “de-industrialization and a serious risk of fundamental social resentment.”
On September 7, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that if prices for energy resources from the Russian Federation were introduced, the West would face a complete halt in supplies from the country. He noted that the EU is not in a position to dictate its terms.
On September 5, former Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said that the sanctions on energy resources from Russia were ill-conceived . She noted that European politicians mistakenly assumed that the crisis that had arisen could be easily overcome.
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