The answer to Dr Alf’s question is “yes”. Europe should seek energy self-sufficiency and not rely on Iran nor any Middle Eastern country in the long run, and not rely on Russia now.
Cyprus, Israel and their partners are better places from which to buy gas, than Iran or Russia, but Europe needs to be mindful of the risks associated with energy sources in politically unstable and potentially unstable regions of the world.
The answer to his question about who runs Europe is Angela Merkel of Germany at Government level and the Bilderbergers, the Club of Rome, the Vatican through the Knights of Malta, acting above her and issuing instructions.
Each European country is allegedly directed by one of several very powerful families who sit within one or more of these groups, thus Germany and Sweden are apparently “Rothschild countries” and the UK is supposedly a “Rockefeller country” run by the sovereign of the day, the present Queen.
The Royal mace does not sit on top of the dispatch box in the House of Commons for fun – it is there as a symbol of Royal power.