Growing pressure to de-link European oil and gas prices

In safe hands?

Long-term gas supply contracts

After a protracted tug-of-war over the pricing of long-term gas supply contracts that included the threat of arbitration, Germany’s E.On and Russia’s Gazprom agreed in early July that the latter gas giant would lower its contract prices by 7–9% but otherwise leave the pricing structure of the contract intact. Under the retroactive deal, Gazprom also said it would pay E.On €1 billion in July and August.

While the current round of price negotiations between major suppliers such as Gazprom (Europe’