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A strange phenomenon across Europe is causing clocks to be delayed by 6 minutes — here's why it's happening
Business Insider3/13/2018 12:27:00 PM

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  • For months, digital clocks in Europe have been telling different times. 
  • As of last week, this weird phenomenon accounted for a delay of close to 6 minutes.
  •  "Frequency deviations"— instead of delivering 50 Hz – the European grid has averaged 49.996 Hz.— in power supply have been experienced across the network since mid-January.
  • The shortfall was due to a disagreement between Serbia and Kosovo, over who was ultimately responsible for the upkeep of a Kosovan power plant.

Time is a strange thing. As Einstein said, it is a relative concept. He wasn't predicting a bizarre paradox to beset Future Europe in the year 2018, but he may as well have been.

For months, people in several European countries have encountered a strange wrinkle in time: clocks are telling them different things. While many timepieces are as infallible as ever, other clocks have been falling behind, second by second, ever since mid-January.

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