Energy crisis: EU considers gas price cap ahead of key summit
09 October 2022 | 10:42 am
With leaders set to meet Friday in Prague, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has floated new gas cap proposals.
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As at US-led meeting in Germany, supporters of Ukraine were seeking donations for winter equipment as the conflict grinds on. Western powers praised military gains, but warned more aid was needed.
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