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     Feb 12, '14


Endgame nears in EU-Gazprom showdown
By Charles Recknagel

The Russian natural-gas giant Gazprom has long had its way in Europe, dominating the continent's energy market and, according to critics, flaunting its rules with impunity. But that all might be about to change.

A long-standing showdown between Gazprom and the European Union over alleged price fixing and monopoly practices - a dispute pitting Russia's post-Soviet business model against the EU's



standards of free-market competition - is quickly coming to a head.

The dispute is expected to heat up considerably this spring when the European Commission is due to release the findings of a two-year investigation into Gazprom. And the findings are not expected to be pretty, analysts say.

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