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Policy and finance contributing to Europe's dying gas demand

Confusing government policies, financial woes and the resurgence of coal are all impacting upon demand for natural gas in Europe

Europe's financial woes, the resurgence of coal and confusing government energy policies are all depressing demand for natural gas in Europe, according to industry leaders. Speaking in Amsterdam Roger Bootle, managing director of Capital Economics, a consultancy, said a combination of Europe's sovereign-debt crisis and the expected decline in its population over the next fifty years will make a huge dent in the continent's natural gas consumption. ”I'm pretty pessimistic about how the eurozone is going to get out of its debt problems. This is a huge problem and of course the result of which is austerity,” Bootle said. “If the euro holds together the (growth) outlook is pretty poor but I'm h

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