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France raises concern over nuke-free Germany

The Local · 18 Jun 2011, 09:47

Published: 18 Jun 2011 09:47 GMT+02:00

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"Our national decisions can have a substantial impact on the balance between electricity demand and supply in other European Union nations," Besson wrote, without referring specifically to Germany's decision to go nuclear-free by 2022.

In the letter addressed to EU energy tsar Günther Oettinger, a copy of which was seen by news agency AFP, Besson said the EU's executive arm should ask the European electricity grid managers to analyse the national consequences of the decision in the short-, medium- and long-term.

Besson also calls for an alert cell to be set up "capable to react to all critical situations this summer".

Prompted by Japan's Fukushima disaster, Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet this month signed a package of bills that foresee Europe's biggest economy being nuclear-free by 2022 - at a faster pace than previously envisaged.

Germany's nine reactors currently on line are due to be turned off between 2015 and 2022.

The seven oldest reactors were taken off-line after Japan's massive March 11 earthquake and a tsunami knocked out cooling systems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, causing reactors to overheat and radiation to be released.

Some EU nations have since reproached Berlin for not consulting its European partners before announcing the decision.

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The German move could have particular consequences for France which imports electricity from its neighbour.


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Your comments about this article

11:11 June 18, 2011 by 9900lawre
With nearly 10 years to plan and develop then i dont see the problem.

If a french or any other power company thinks it can supply energy for 2 decades and not have to re-think, re-structure and re-build, then it realy is naive.
13:47 June 18, 2011 by DOZ
Too bad for France. Why should Germany put it's people at risk, for France's needs. Maybe Germany will stop allowing Foreign Countries like France and Canada from meddling in their affairs.

Stop the Slaughter: Don't buy Canada's Seal Products.

Stop the Pollution: Don't buy Canada's Dirty Tar Oil.
16:48 June 18, 2011 by Clapoti
DOZ... just shut the F', you don't know what you are talking about.
01:32 June 20, 2011 by wenddiver

But DOZ if I give up dead baby Seal Pop-Sicles I will gain weight or go back to smoking filterless "Lucky Strike" cigarettes. If Germany shuts off the Nuclear Power I won't even be able to jam my finger in the eletrical spcket for entertainment.
16:02 January 7, 2013 by maxbrando
Hey France, HAHA.

Suppose Germany needs energy? Those bureaucrats in Berling won't know, because Berlin will take care of itself. To hell with Germany's future.
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