Uneven energy deregulation

Discord over energy deregulation in Europe should remind US officials haggling over energy policy of something missing from their debate.As members of the European Union prepared to meet in Stockholm late last month, the policymaking European Commission intensified its pressure on deregulation laggards. Earlier this year, it had threatened legal action against member nations failing to meet deadlines for deregulating their natural gas industries.The week before start of the Stockholm summit, the EC proposed that EU members complete gas and electric power deregulation by 2005. The move drew protests from Germany, which disputed plans for assignment of an independent energy regulator for ev...

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