The release Wednesday of the European Commission's energy strategy for the next decade and a half comes amidst an ever-louder chorus of concern that European energy policy threatens its economy.
The latest and loudest voice belongs to Sigmar Gabriel, Germany's "super minister" responsible for energy and the economy. He warned Tuesday at an energy conference that Germany simply cannot continue to bear the $32 billion-a-year cost of subsidies for renewable energy, the linchpin of Germany's ambitious planned transition towards cleaner energy sources. German electricity prices, both for individuals and for industry, are among the highest in Europe.
"We have to make sure that we connect the energy switch to economic success, or at least not endanger it," Gabriel said.