The recent gas conflict between Russia and the Ukraine in full illustrates the vulnerability in Europe's energy supply. The conflict, which left hundred thousands of Central European homes without heating, has triggered a debate about alternative energy supply routes for Europe.

Despite ambitious EU measures on energy saving and development of alternative energy generation, the continent will for decades remain heavily dependent of hydrocarbon supplies.

More gas from Norway, Russia

As a matter of fact, in the years to come, the EU countries will need far more gas, and it is the non-EU members Norway and Russia which can provide the lion

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