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Live blog: European Council summit

Energy, energy, energy.

Yes, there will be other topics discussed at the EU leaders’ gathering on Thursday and Friday in Brussels, but one subject set to dominate is the gathering: how to curb Europe’s rising energy prices.

Heading in, EU leaders still appear quite divided. The European Commission earlier this week issued a raft of proposals to address the matter. But the offering mostly stuck to consensus measures — like better coordination on joint gas purchasing — and dodged contested steps — like a gas price cap.

The result is that all eyes will be on the countries supporting a price cap. Will they keep leaders around the table for hours and hours to push their point?

Other issues on the agenda include: Russia’s war in Ukraine, threats to Europe’s critical infrastructure, the latest on food security and the EU’s relationship with China.

Keep track of it all here, as POLITICO’s reporters and editors bring you the blow-by-blow.

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