Politics & Society

The European Energy Crisis Explained

In February 2022, the Russian invasion of Ukraine sparked not only a threat to democracy worldwide, but also an unprecedented energy challenge for the European Union. With many of its member states dependent on Russian fossil fuels, the situation created a crisis with the potential to undermine EU solidarity. What was done at the EU-level to combat the energy crisis this winter? And how did national governments take action to keep their citizens warm and the political climate cool? This animation examines policy responses from the EU, Estonia, Germany, and Greece, all of which took different approaches to easing their energy constraints.

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Courtney Flynn Martino

Senior Manager, Transatlantic Relations
Bertelsmann Foundation