Weather gods have been very kind to Europe so far this winter. Instead of normally very cold December and January, the weather turned to be unusually warm, breaking thousands of temperature records across much of the continent.
Euro area annual inflation is expected to be 10.7% in October 2022, up from 9.9% in September, according to a flash estimate from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union.
Mass demonstrations took place in several cities across Germany on October 30, 2022. The people on the streets are demanding an end to sanctions on Russia which causes the destruction of their economy and inflation.
Some 140 000 people marched through the streets of Paris, France on October 16, 2022, due to rising prices and the policy of the EU that led to it. The organizers said the main outcome of the protest is a general strike.
The number of mass demonstrations is increasing across Europe as winter approaches. Germany is the focus of most of the protests this week as rising energy costs continue destroying the leading European economy.
Four telecoms executives said on September 29, 2022, there are currently not enough backup systems in many European countries to handle widespread power cuts, raising the prospect of mobile phone outages.
The Swedish Coast Guard (SCG) said they found a fourth leak in Nord Stream pipelines on September 29, 2022, just 3 days after underwater explosions severely damaged two Nord Stream 1 pipes and one Nord Stream 2.
A sharp drop in pressure has been detected on Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines on September 26, 2022. The investigation into the cause is in progress. On the same day, Norway’s oil safety regulator warned of threats from unidentified drones seen flying near their offshore oil and gas platforms.
Tens of thousands of people gathered in the capital Prague, Czech Republic on September 3, 2022, demanding the government to end sanctions against Russia and establish a new gas supply deal. Locals say the protests were joined by more than 100 000 people, from the far-right and left, all of them from the capital.
On August 12, 2022, River Rhine in Kaub, Germany dropped below a key waterline level of 40 cm (15.7 inches), used as a benchmark for determining its navigability.