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Spanish and German leaders to discuss energy crisis at one-day summit

Nearly half of people in the UK say they will struggle to pay their energy bills
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The leaders of Spain and Germany are to meet for a one-day summit centring on the Europe’s energy crisis and the consequences of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and 15 ministers from their governments will attend the meeting in the city of A Coruna in north-western Spain.

Germany’s gas supplies from Russia, its principal supplier, have been cut, and the country is interested in proposals to build a gas pipeline linking the Iberian peninsula to the rest of Europe.

The pipeline would likely have to go through France, which has expressed little interest in the project.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss coordinating European fiscal policies.

Spanish news reports said Germany had invited Spain to consider taking part in Berlin’s suggested European anti-missile defence shield. Spain issued a brief statement on Tuesday saying it had received no invitation.

Germany’s ambassador to Spain, Maria Margarete Gosse, told Spain’s Cadena SER radio there had been low-level talks on the issue between the two countries and it was certain to come up at the summit.

Those attending include ministers for foreign affairs, defence, ecological transition, agriculture and universities. Several bilateral accords are expected to be signed.

Mr Sanchez and Mr Scholz will meet for an inaugural ceremony in the afternoon and are due to give a joint news conference later in the evening.

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