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Europe’s energy crunch will trigger years of shortages and blackouts

By Stephen Stapczynski, Anna Shiryaevskaya and Faseeh Mangi

08 Nov 2022 · 6 min read

Editor's Note

This Bloomberg Big Take shows how Europe's thirst for energy is causing shortages in poorer countries around the world.

Bills will be high, but Europe will survive the winter: It’s bought enough oil and gas to get through the heating seasons.

Much deeper costs will be borne by the world’s poorest countries, which have been shut out of the natural gas market by Europe’s suddenly ravenous demand. It’s left emerging market countries unable to meet today’s needs or tomorrow’s, and the most likely consequences — factory shutdowns, more frequent and longer-lasting power shortages, the foment of social unrest — could stretch into the next decade.

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