An engineer oversees the gas distribution system of Hungary's gas pipeline operator FGSZ in Kiskundorozsma, August 12, 2014.
Laszlo Balogh / Reuters

In March this year, the European Commission (EC) announced that it was time to get serious about building a European energy union to complement the European economic union.

Just under a year earlier, Donald Tusk, who was prime minister of Poland and is now chairman of the European Council, had proposed a union as a way to negotiate better energy terms with Russia. After a three-year investigation, the EC had concluded that Gazprom, the Russian gas-exporting monopoly, had abused its position as the sole supplier in Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland by charging inflated prices and prohibiting these countries

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