EU leaders seek to safeguard energy supplies as prices soar

  • Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to journalists as she arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. European Union leaders head into a standoff between Poland and most of the other EU member nations over the rule of law in the eastern member state. Other issues for the 27 EU leaders include climate change, the energy crisis, COVID-19 developments and migration. (Olivier Hoslet, Pool Photo via AP)

BRUSSELS — European Union leaders struggled to find a common ground during a long debate Thursday on how to ease the pain of soaring energy bills.