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Brüderle admits nuclear reversal electioneering

The Local · 24 Mar 2011, 08:34

Published: 24 Mar 2011 08:34 GMT+01:00

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The opposition has been making similar accusations, but Brüderle apparently confirmed such suspicions during a meeting with the Federation of German Industry (BDI), daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel last week decided to impose a three-month moratorium on her government’s unpopular decision from last autumn to extend the lifespans of Germany’s nuclear power plants after the earthquake and tsunami caused a partial atomic meltdown in Japan.

She also opted to temporarily shut down the country’s older nuclear reactors, telling parliament that recent events in Japan had caused her to reconsider the risks of atomic energy.

According to the BDI meeting notes from March 14 cited by Süddeutsche Zeitung, Brüderle confirmed the moratorium to about 40 of the country’s leading industrial managers, and “indicated that there was pressure in light of the upcoming state elections and thus decisions were not always rational.”

Brüderle, a member of Merkel’s junior coalition party, the pro-business Free Democrats, also told the group that he was a supporter of nuclear energy and industries that required significant amounts of power.

Nothing should “endanger their existence,” he added.

In response to an inquiry by the paper, the Economy Ministry commented that Brüderle had been troubled by the speed of the policy change.

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Key state elections take place on Sunday in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate.


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Your comments about this article

12:15 March 24, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
oh now there's a shock if there ever was one... the whole moratorium is all just election tactics?? Who would have thought...
12:31 March 24, 2011 by tallady
It appears from all the comments that the strategy did not work in their best interest.
21:23 March 24, 2011 by derExDeutsche
let this be a lesson;), You can't tell Brüderle ANYTHING.

That guy is a Certified a Certified Stool Pigeon, a Rat, a narc, a canary.

The shut down after the Earthquake wasn't done in an honest concern for safety. It was just another SCAM to push the 'Green Movement' along.


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