Commentary: How Germany escaped Russian gas – BBC News

By Jenny Hill, BBC News, Wilhelmshaven

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With the Russian gas cut, many in Germany were expecting a cold winter

When Russian President Vladimir Putin shut off the gas valve to Europe, Germany feared more than anyone else a winter blackout. Knowing all too well how Germany’s industrial powerhouse was so dependent on and vulnerable to Russian gas, government officials scrambled to secure alternative supplies.

But now, months later, Christmas markets across Germany are lit up. There is a cautious optimism in the mulled wine scented air. The German government’s hastily devised strategy to move away from Russian gas has so far been successful.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz told parliament on Wednesday that “this winter’s energy security has been ensured”.

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