June 16, 2011

(Nuclear) Power Politics in Germany

Jürgen Maier, China Dialogue

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The Fukushima nuclear meltdown had its greatest political impact not so much in Japan itself but in faraway Germany, where it has prompted a policy u-turn from Angela Merkel’s ruling conservative coalition. Just a few months before the disaster, Merkel had pushed through parliament a highly controversial law extending the lifetime of the country’s nuclear reactors. In the days and weeks following it, her government made a complete reversal: seven ageing reactors were shut down instantly. Now the plan is to revert to 2022 as the final year that nuclear power is generated in Germany. . .

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TAGGED: European energy policy, nuclear energy, renewable energy, natural gas, Germany


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