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Wary of cold days and hot tempers, Europe's leaders vow economic relief

By Erika Solomon

04 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

In Prague and other cities, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest high energy costs. The New York Times reports on European governments’ moves to lessen the financial pain.

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BERLIN — European governments moved this weekend to soften the blow of soaring costs and a deepening energy crisis triggered by the war in Ukraine, and scrambled to prepare for the possibility of social unrest as the days grow colder.

With Europe trying to wean itself off Russian fossil fuels, and the first mass protests over energy costs appearing on the continent, governments are racing to adopt stopgap measures before fall and winter. Energy ministers of the European Union have planned an emergency meeting this week, and three countries announced relief measures Sunday.

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