The consequences of the sanctions decisions taken after Europe and Russia’s war against Ukraine began to be painful. Savings plans take effect immediately after gas cuts. Many warnings are flying in the air, from the advice not to wear a tie to the decision to take a cold shower. Festivals during winter, even Christmas is in danger…
There is remarkable news coming from Europe, which has switched to a savings plan following Russia’s gas cut decision. While historic sites in many countries remain in the dark, Spain has asked employees to remove their ties rather than relying on air conditioners. As France and Belgium continue to work on the nuclear facilities, Macron discussed the idea of expropriating the factories for a quick resolution of the situation.
Russian energy giant Gazprom announced last week that it will ‘significantly’ reduce gas flows to the European Union (EU). The gas cut, which has become Europe’s biggest nightmare since the start of the Ukraine war, has pushed the union into an extraordinary austerity plan.
The first effect was seen in Germany
EU countries have agreed to voluntarily reduce gas demand by 15% this winter to improve security of energy supply.
The first impact of the energy crisis was seen in Germany, which is more dependent on Russian natural gas imports than other European countries. In the images released by the agencies yesterday, it was seen that the lights of historic buildings in Germany were turned off and many landmarks remained in the dark.
The German city of Hannover has cut off hot water in public buildings, swimming pools, gyms. Public fountains are being turned off to save energy.
The latest news today shows that the situation is no different in other European countries.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez appeared before his people with a notable measure such as the German ‘cold shower’ proposal and advised employees to take off their ties rather than relying on air conditioners in their workplaces. .
Spanish PM: Don’t Trust Air Conditioners, Remove Ties
Sanchez, who went to the press conference without a tie, said: “I don’t wear a tie either, that means we can all save energy” and said his country is ready to save energy like other European countries.
Spain encourages working from home within the framework of the measures it has adopted and, according to the decision taken, restrictions will apply for air conditioners in summer and heaters in winter.
the lights go out in austria
Austria, like Germany, started saving energy by dimming for the first time. While the lighting of historic places at night is stopped in the city of Linz, similar plans are being made for the city of Salzburg.
Lights in public buildings, tourist attractions and parking lots will also remain off at night.
France told air-conditioned stores to ‘keep the doors closed’. Anyone who does not close the doors is fined 750 euros.
Belgium and France intervene in nuclear installations
European countries are trying to find ways to reduce energy use before winter arrives. Chief among the desperate search for solutions is the re-commissioning of coal-fired power plants. For this reason, it is planned to extend the useful life of the three remaining nuclear plants, which will be out of service at the end of the year.
While negotiations for the restart of nuclear plants continue in France, Belgium is taking similar steps.
Macron brought the idea of nationalization
France, which has one of the largest and most advanced collections of nuclear power plants in the world, is trying to deal with a number of problems. Half of the plants’ reactors are currently inoperable due to an unexpected failure in their refrigeration system, and there is no set date for their restart.
French energy giant EDF has to pay huge debts by buying energy from other parts of Europe to close the gap. The situation got so bad that French President Emmanuel Macron brought up the idea of expropriating the factories to put them back into operation.
Accounts can triple
European countries are now trying to stock up on as much gas as possible before winter sets in, which has driven prices to record levels. Households in the UK and Germany buying gas from Europe have been warned that bills could triple, while Germans face “gas surcharges” to avoid supply disruptions.
Social life can also affect: Oktoberfest and Christmas markets in danger
It seems that a series of measures taken by Germany will also affect the social life of people in the country. Non-essential industries such as Bavaria’s famous breweries are also on the agenda to close to keep the lights on.
Rosi Steinberger, a member of the Bavarian regional parliament, admitted to the New York Times that traditional Oktoberfest celebrations could be compromised, and that the idea of shelving the Christmas Markets is also on the agenda.
dropped by 20 percent
In a written statement made by the German natural gas distribution company Gascade on July 27, it was announced that gas flow from Russia’s Nord Stream 1 pipeline had decreased from 40% to 20%. In the statement, it was stated that “As of 27.07.2027 at 08:00, the gas flow of Nord Stream 1 is supplied in a way that corresponds to 20 percent of the maximum value”. The Moscow administration cites technical problems for the interruption of the gas flow. The European Union (EU) accuses Russia of “using energy as a weapon” and “blackmailing” in response to sanctions imposed on Russia for its attacks on Ukraine.
Russia, the world’s biggest gas exporter, denies Western accusations that it uses energy resources as a means of pressure, saying it is a reliable supplier of energy. From Russia, the pipeline reaches under the Baltic Sea to Greifswald, Germany.
Comment by Necmettin Batırel: He finds his problems against Turkey
Assessing the energy and gas crisis in Europe, Necmettin Batırel, who is known for his polemic of “bringing down the Şakkadanak dollar”, assessed this problem as “he meets the problem that hits Turkey”.
Turkish newspaper columnist Necmettin Batırel attributed the energy crisis in Europe due to the Russia-Ukraine war to sanctions decisions taken over the continued detention of businessman Osman Kavala, whom the ECtHR considered “immediate release” in the Gezi trial. Batırel, in his article entitled “He finds his problems against Turkey”, said the following:
Saying it can support the opposition to overthrow President Erdogan, Biden’s country is adrift in an economic crisis. He is being dragged into the war with China because he openly supports Taiwan’s independence. Europe, which decided to punish Turkey for condemning the terrorist financier Osman Kavala, is plunged into darkness due to the energy crisis.