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Energy priority as Germany assumes G8 presidency

On January 1, Germany assumes the rotating presidencies of both the European Union and the Group of Eight (G8) top industrial democracies, an unusual concentration of power in the hands of Europe’s biggest economy.

Securing energy supplies for Europe, mainly oil and gas, is at the top of German priorities for its EU Presidency. Senior analyst Jan Techau, of the German Council on Foreign Relations in Berlin, says the EU is only beginning to realize the importance of this issue.


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