On one side, the European continent is urbane and debates new technology calmly and rationally - as we saw in Germany deliberating the value of smart residential meters last week.
On the other side, meter tampering appears to be a growing concern - with the southern European country of Cyprus admitting that a third of its meter stocks have been bypassed.
While in the UK, two major energy suppliers - British Gas and EDF Energy - announced this week they are issuing stab jackets to staff. The reason? To protect personnel charged with enforcing prepaid meters on errant payers.
The stories just go to show that although Europe is seemingly more advanced in policy and technology deployment, the region shares common challenges with every major metering region in the world.
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