Putin’s war in Ukraine forces nasty bargains on food and fuel


Russia’s escalating invasion of Ukraine, while difficult, is a horrifying reminder of Europe’s warlike past.

By threatening the supply of energy, crops and other necessities, it is also resurrecting something that globalization has obscured: our dependence on complex and fluid trade routes. Germany’s reliance on Russian gas to facilitate its energy transition is one of the most obvious examples laid bare. But this summer’s unrest in Sri Lanka and the deposed president’s frantic pleas to Moscow for oil before he leaks have also demonstrated how prices transmit the crisis.

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