Energy crisis sires new European order: A strong Italy and ailing Germany

By Francesca Landini and Christoph Steitz

30 Sep 2022 · 5 min read

MILAN/FRANKFURT, Sept 30 (Reuters) - In the weeks after Russia's invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, Claudio Descalzi, CEO of Italian energy major Eni, embarked on a whirlwind of trips to gas suppliers in Africa.

The visits included meetings with officials in Algeria in February plus talks in Angola, Egypt and Republic of Congo in March, with Descalzi often accompanied by senior Rome officials, according to company and government releases.

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