The EU gets a quarter of its gas from Russia. While Spain, Sweden and the UK are totally independent from Russian supplies, Finland and the Baltic states get all their gas from Russia's state giant Gazprom. One lesson from the current stand-off over Ukraine appears clear: high dependence on Russian gas makes Europe weak.
This week, the Polish Prime Minister proposed an energy union. Donald Tusk believes Europe must confront Russia's monopolistic position with a single European body charged with buying its gas.
Nicolas de Warren
Vice-President of Public Affairs, Arkema
Belgian MEP, Group of the Greens
Lambert van NISTELROOIJ
Dutch MEP, European People's Party
Editor, European Voice