Gas supply: How will Germany cope in winter?
23 July 2022 | 1:01 pm
There are fears in Germany that Russia could try to destabilize Europe by not restarting gas supplies after Nord Stream's temporary halt. How is Germany preparing? How are households coping with this energy crisis? DW’s Thomas Sparrow has the details.
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