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Germany still supports foreign nuclear power

Published: 21 Jan 2013 07:45 GMT+01:00

The parliamentary committee for sustainable development voted unanimously at the end of last year to recommend the government stop financial backing for foreign atomic energy projects.

But it is set to receive a letter from Economy Minister Philipp Rösler, rejecting such a strategy, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Sunday.

The change in energy policy only applies to domestic production, the letter says. The government considers it a "sovereign decision of other states to choose a different construction for their own energy policy."

Chairman of the committee, Andreas Jung, from Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union, said it was "a gross contradiction, that we are pushing forwards with the change in energy generation while supporting atomic energy abroad."

The government is currently promoting its policy with the slogan, "High time that something changed", while Environment Minister Peter Almaier has been talking of establishing an international club of countries stepping away from nuclear energy.

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Your comments about this article

09:40 January 21, 2013 by whiteriver
and let the comment war blaming Germany's decision on nuclear energy start in 3, 2, 1,....
11:20 January 21, 2013 by yllusion
Indeed a gross contradiction.
13:53 January 21, 2013 by richardgere
Nice article. This is good for global economy of Germany. I hope this is proved great deal in nuclear energy.
15:48 January 21, 2013 by smart2012
hipocrisy and contraddiction, just to get votes of people. example: if in France there will be a nuclear plant problem, do u think radiation won't get to Germany? LOL
17:12 January 21, 2013 by raandy
Political move, everyone in the energy world knows Germany can not supply its Energy requirements with out atomic generation., catch 22, we can live with out it as long as they don't.

Mrs Merkel played it well.
17:41 January 21, 2013 by Englishted
"Germany still supports foreign nuclear power "

or to put it another way:

foreign nuclear power still supports Germany.
07:15 January 22, 2013 by anaverageguy
And the people get to have a big "Nein Danke" cake and eat it too. ..... in the comfort of their nice warm homes.
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