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Merkel fed up with energy firms over nuclear phaseout

The Local · 6 May 2011, 15:44

Published: 06 May 2011 15:44 GMT+02:00

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Instead, the necessary talks will be held at the ministerial level, the Handelsblatt business newspaper reported Friday.

A round of talks concerning energy policy is planned for May 18, but only energy associations and not individual companies have been invited.

Formal discussion in the Bundestag about how to handle the nuclear energy issue will likely take place in June.

"A thorough parliamentary debate on such important bills must be granted," Bundestag Vice President Gerda Hasselfeldt told the Financial Times Deutschland.

Merkel’s centre-right coalition decided last year to push back Germany's planned phaseout of nuclear power. But Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster following an earthquake and tsunami caused her government to reverse its position and accelerate the decommissioning of Germany's reactors.

Some of Germany's leading power companies have expressed their annoyance at Merkel's decision to impose a three-month moratorium for extensive safety testing of the country's nuclear plants.

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Your comments about this article

19:43 May 6, 2011 by jmclewis
Angie....... It is time for you to go play with your grand children......... your as useful as impedance in a whole house.
15:42 May 7, 2011 by Katzerina
Fine....do the safety tests, but the insanity and overreaction towards nuclear power in Germany is irrational.
16:50 May 8, 2011 by cobalisk
Merkel has realized, a little late that she made a deal with firms who care not a whit for Germans or society.

Their petty antics have finally clued her into the fact that this was only for their gain and that the deal went against society. Its called realizing you made a mistake and it is a GOOD quality in a politician, not a bad one.

She is now relegating the energy firms to where they belong.. far below her level. In addition she is showing them rather clearly that industry is subordinate to society, NOT the other way around.

People who think she is foolish need to remind themselves that Angel Merkel is a very, very smart person. Germany's future is once again to lead by example, through innovation and accomplishment.
05:44 May 9, 2011 by neunElf
A greater danger to Germans than nuclear power, is being pandered to death by Angela Merkel and the newly converted!
11:52 May 9, 2011 by Universalismus

"People who think she is foolish need to remind themselves that Angel Merkel is a very, very smart person. Germany's future is once again to lead by example, through innovation and accomplishment."

Gotta use something better than smart. But good enough!

IMO, it doesnt matter whether they meet, agree to phase out, or continue. The most important matter is where the nuclear rods will be, how they will be continuously cooled, most importantly.

Its how to cool this neverending heated stove pan. Thats what they should be meeting about.
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