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Germany Girds for Day of Reckoning in Russian Gas Showdown

  • Fallout of Russian ban would hit carmakers to chemical plants
  • Agency that would ration gas is stockpiling generator fuel
A bucket-wheel excavator at the Garzweiler open-cast lignite mine, in Grevenbroich, Germany.
A bucket-wheel excavator at the Garzweiler open-cast lignite mine, in Grevenbroich, Germany.Photographer: Alex Kraus/Bloomberg
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If the worst-case scenario for Germany hits, BMW AG, Mercedes-Benz AG and Volkswagen AG would struggle to paint their cars and the air across the country would get dirtier.

Europe’s largest economy is bracing for the prospect that Russian natural gas gets cut off suddenly, a shock that would trigger a form of martial law for energy and affect 80 million residents and businesses from bakers to chemical producers.