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Cold showers, no lights: Europe saves as Russian gas wanes

Aug. 03, 2022 02:21 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Fanning out like urban guerrillas through Paris' darkened streets well after midnight, the anti-waste activists shinny up walls and drain pipes, reaching for switches to turn off the lights. Click. Click. Click. One by one, the outdoor lights that...

EU agrees to cut natural gas use amid Russian supply fears

Jul. 26, 2022 14:55 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union governments agreed Tuesday to reduce consumption of natural gas this winter to protect themselves against any further supply cuts by Russia amid its invasion of Ukraine, although the measure contains exemptions for some countries. EU energy ministers...

EU struggles with how to cut off its reliance on Russian gas

Jul. 25, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations struggled Monday to find common ground on how to wean the bloc off its reliance on Russian natural gas, seeking to appease wary, stressed consumers at home while upholding unity as Moscow turns down the tap. Russian President Vladimir Putin...

EU imposes more sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine invasion

Jul. 21, 2022 12:55 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union imposed more sanctions on Russia over the war in Ukraine on Thursday after the bloc’s 27 members backed measures that include a ban on gold imports, further restrictions on the country's biggest bank and tighter export controls on some high-technology goods. ...

Spain and Portugal reject EU plan to limit natural gas use

Jul. 21, 2022 11:23 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The European Union’s plan to reduce the bloc’s natural gas use by 15% to prepare for a potential cutoff by Russia this winter received sharp skepticism Thursday from the governments of Spain and Portugal, which are usually big supporters of the bloc. The...

EU draws up energy plan in case of Russian gas cutoff

Jul. 20, 2022 09:54 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s head office on Wednesday proposed that member states cut their gas use by 15% over the coming months as the bloc braced for a possible full Russian cutoff of natural gas supplies that could add a big chill to the upcoming winter. While the...

EU starts membership talks with Albania, North Macedonia

Jul. 19, 2022 11:15 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union started membership negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia on Tuesday, a long-delayed step in the Balkan nations' paths toward EU membership that gained momentum amid the war in Ukraine. Officially, the process kicked off with the...

France, United Arab Emirates sign deal on energy cooperation

Jul. 18, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France and the United Arab Emirates on Monday signed an agreement on energy cooperation to ensure oil and natural gas supplies from the Gulf country as Europe prepares for the possibility of a total gas cutoff from Russia in retaliation for sanctions over the war in Ukraine. ...

European leaders ink energy deals in bid to sidestep Russia

Jul. 18, 2022 13:25 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — European leaders ramped up their push to secure alternative energy supplies Monday as fears escalate of a complete natural gas cutoff by Russia, with the leaders of Italy, France and the European Union sealing deals with their counterparts in Algeria, Azerbaijan and the United Arab...

EU takes Hungary to highest court over LGBT, media rules

Jul. 15, 2022 09:13 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's executive intensified its legal standoff with Hungary on Friday by taking the country to the EU's highest court over a restrictive law on LGBT issues and media freedom. The EU had already tried for a year to make Hungary change a law that bans...