Why Germany’s nuclear exit is posing tough questions about its energy future

Why Germany’s nuclear exit is posing tough questions about its energy future

The Bavarian village of Gundremmingen is so proud of its nuclear power station that its coat of arms is graced with a giant golden atom.

Berlin calls Iran’s missile test ‘alarming’

Berlin calls Iran’s missile test ‘alarming’

German banks wary of fresh Iran sanctions

German banks wary of fresh Iran sanctions

Siemens probed over Iran exports

Siemens probed over Iran exports

Westerwelle threatens Iran with new sanctions

Westerwelle threatens Iran with new sanctions

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urges Iran not to quit nuclear deal

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas urges Iran not to quit nuclear deal

Germany ordered to pay energy giants billions over illegal nuclear tax

Germany ordered to pay energy giants billions over illegal nuclear tax

France enshrines decision to close Germany border nuclear plant

France enshrines decision to close Germany border nuclear plant

Germany demands answers after Swiss nuclear reactor is restarted… and then shut down again

Germany demands answers after Swiss nuclear reactor is restarted… and then shut down again

Germany must pay nuclear firms compensation: high court judges

Germany must pay nuclear firms compensation: high court judges

Germany approves disputed nuclear waste deal

Germany approves disputed nuclear waste deal

German hopes of export boom to Iran frustrated

German hopes of export boom to Iran frustrated

Germany may wait 100 years for nuclear waste storage site

Germany may wait 100 years for nuclear waste storage site

Ruhr nuclear plant ‘pumped radioactive waste into air’

Ruhr nuclear plant ‘pumped radioactive waste into air’

Computer virus found in Bavarian nuclear plant

Computer virus found in Bavarian nuclear plant

Germany spars with Belgium over ageing nuclear plants

Germany spars with Belgium over ageing nuclear plants

Inspectors faked safety checks at two nuclear plants

Inspectors faked safety checks at two nuclear plants

Energy firms: Merkel stole our assets with nuclear shutdown

Energy firms: Merkel stole our assets with nuclear shutdown

Green energy policies bring power giant to €7 billion loss

Green energy policies bring power giant to €7 billion loss

France’s oldest nuclear plant ‘to close this year’

France’s oldest nuclear plant ‘to close this year’

Iran deal ‘historic success for diplomacy’ – Germany

Iran deal ‘historic success for diplomacy’ – Germany

US planned East Berlin’s ‘systematic destruction’

US planned East Berlin’s ‘systematic destruction’

German scientists make big stride towards fusion

German scientists make big stride towards fusion

Power firm revamps amid renewable energy push

Power firm revamps amid renewable energy push

Emsland nuclear power plant taken offline

Emsland nuclear power plant taken offline

Energy firm sues EU over Brit nuclear plant

Energy firm sues EU over Brit nuclear plant

‘Leave nothing undone’ in Iran talks: Steinmeier

‘Leave nothing undone’ in Iran talks: Steinmeier

German consumers still hot for nuclear power

German consumers still hot for nuclear power

Germany debates scrapping coal power

Germany debates scrapping coal power

Germany will use less energy this year

Germany will use less energy this year

French scramble jet after German’s wayward flight

French scramble jet after German’s wayward flight

Germany and Iran to hold nuclear talks

Germany and Iran to hold nuclear talks

Energy boss warns of blackouts in Europe

Energy boss warns of blackouts in Europe

Germany: progress needed in Iran nuke talks

Germany: progress needed in Iran nuke talks

Germany renews nuclear waste dump search

Germany renews nuclear waste dump search

Germany ready to help Japan go non-nuclear

Germany ready to help Japan go non-nuclear

Energy firms want billions for nuke exit

Energy firms want billions for nuke exit

Germany ‘aided Israel’s nuclear ambitions’

Germany ‘aided Israel’s nuclear ambitions’

Three killed in offshore wind farm construction

Three killed in offshore wind farm construction

Germany joins European oil embargo against Iran

Germany joins European oil embargo against Iran

Germany forced to buy Austrian electricity

Germany forced to buy Austrian electricity

Nuke shutdown could force energy asset sale

Nuke shutdown could force energy asset sale

Energy giant RWE plans massive job cuts

Energy giant RWE plans massive job cuts

Nuke waste convoy leaves hundreds hurt

Nuke waste convoy leaves hundreds hurt

Police clear protestors from nuke train path

Police clear protestors from nuke train path

Nuclear waste train trundles towards protests

Nuclear waste train trundles towards protests

First clashes as atomic waste train rolls onward

First clashes as atomic waste train rolls onward

Police brace for huge nuclear waste protests

Police brace for huge nuclear waste protests

Revamp set for renewable power plants to prevent shut-downs

Revamp set for renewable power plants to prevent shut-downs

Vattenfall to contest nuclear phaseout

Vattenfall to contest nuclear phaseout

Dismantling nuke plants to cost €18 billion

Dismantling nuke plants to cost €18 billion

Germany to guarantee Brazilian nuclear plans

Germany to guarantee Brazilian nuclear plans

Nuclear phaseout to cost Germany €250 billion

Nuclear phaseout to cost Germany €250 billion

Nuclear reactor not to be kept on stand-by

Nuclear reactor not to be kept on stand-by

EON confirms up to 11,000 jobs will go

EON confirms up to 11,000 jobs will go

Energy companies put UK nuke investments on hold

Energy companies put UK nuke investments on hold

Parliament backs nuclear energy phaseout

Parliament backs nuclear energy phaseout

Greens still split on nuke exit plan ahead of vote

Greens still split on nuke exit plan ahead of vote

Nuclear fuel transports prompt fury in Rostock

Nuclear fuel transports prompt fury in Rostock

Forgotten port bets future on wind power

Forgotten port bets future on wind power

RWE boss warns of industrial decline from nuclear phaseout

RWE boss warns of industrial decline from nuclear phaseout

Greens gain support even after Merkel’s nuclear exit

Greens gain support even after Merkel’s nuclear exit

Coalition MPs back Gazprom stake in EON

Coalition MPs back Gazprom stake in EON

Utility EON to sue over fuel rod tax

Utility EON to sue over fuel rod tax

‘This nuclear phaseout is not a revolution starting after Fukushima’

‘This nuclear phaseout is not a revolution starting after Fukushima’

Renewables unlikely to fill nuclear gap without bold policy changes

Renewables unlikely to fill nuclear gap without bold policy changes

Germany to quit nuclear power by 2022

Germany to quit nuclear power by 2022

Commission sees nuclear exit within decade

Commission sees nuclear exit within decade

Merkel preparing to drop nuclear tax in deal with industry: report

Merkel preparing to drop nuclear tax in deal with industry: report

Police target leftist group for rail cable arson

Police target leftist group for rail cable arson

Police probe fire cutting Berlin trains and phones

Police probe fire cutting Berlin trains and phones

Gabriel accuses Merkel of preparing nuclear deal

Gabriel accuses Merkel of preparing nuclear deal

Plane crashes pose threat to nuclear plants

Plane crashes pose threat to nuclear plants

Nuclear energy exit ‘irreversible’, says CDU

Nuclear energy exit ‘irreversible’, says CDU

Germany could be nuclear-free within a decade, says commission

Germany could be nuclear-free within a decade, says commission

Chernobyl remembered at French protests

Chernobyl remembered at French protests

Electricity network head says no danger of blackouts

Electricity network head says no danger of blackouts

Atomic village bucks anti-nuclear trend

Atomic village bucks anti-nuclear trend

Fallout continues after Brüderle’s nuclear gaffe

Fallout continues after Brüderle’s nuclear gaffe

Radiation checks offered to travellers from Japan

Radiation checks offered to travellers from Japan

RWE chief branded climate ‘dinosaur’

RWE chief branded climate ‘dinosaur’

Anti-nuclear demonstrations planned for Monday in 50 cities

Anti-nuclear demonstrations planned for Monday in 50 cities

Germany kills Russian nuclear waste shipments

Germany kills Russian nuclear waste shipments

Nuclear waste reaches depot as blockade ends

Nuclear waste reaches depot as blockade ends

Energy firms rake in massive profits

Energy firms rake in massive profits

Police and activists gear up for nuclear showdown

Police and activists gear up for nuclear showdown

Westerwelle wants UN seat for disarmament

Westerwelle wants UN seat for disarmament

Thousands protest against nuclear energy

Thousands protest against nuclear energy

Secret pact on nuclear deal could fill government coffers

Secret pact on nuclear deal could fill government coffers

Nuclear extension sparks Austrian meltdown

Nuclear extension sparks Austrian meltdown

Expert assessment backs longer life spans for nuclear plants

Expert assessment backs longer life spans for nuclear plants

Merkel seeks renewable energy contribution from nuclear industry

Merkel seeks renewable energy contribution from nuclear industry

Opposition to planned nuclear tax grows

Opposition to planned nuclear tax grows

EON presses Merkel on extending nuclear power

EON presses Merkel on extending nuclear power

Police investigate radioactive waste found under Berlin street

Police investigate radioactive waste found under Berlin street

Officials approve fog grenades to protect nuclear power plant

Officials approve fog grenades to protect nuclear power plant

Nuclear power licences could be auctioned off

Nuclear power licences could be auctioned off

Thousands gather to protest nuclear power plant extension

Thousands gather to protest nuclear power plant extension

Obama might remove US nukes from Germany

Obama might remove US nukes from Germany

Germany raises pressure on Iran over nukes

Germany raises pressure on Iran over nukes

Munich Re to stop doing business in Iran

Munich Re to stop doing business in Iran

Give ‘no nukes’ a chance, says Westerwelle

Give ‘no nukes’ a chance, says Westerwelle

Conservatives taking a battering on atomic energy, minister warns

Conservatives taking a battering on atomic energy, minister warns

Iran nuclear deal inches closer in Munich

Iran nuclear deal inches closer in Munich

Berlin reportedly keeping all nuclear plants online

Berlin reportedly keeping all nuclear plants online

Berlin dismisses Iran ultimatum

Berlin dismisses Iran ultimatum

New German coalition aiming to cut solar energy subsidies

New German coalition aiming to cut solar energy subsidies

German solar energy firms face economic ruin

German solar energy firms face economic ruin

Energy firms looking at huge nuclear windfall

Energy firms looking at huge nuclear windfall

Coalition infuriates Greens with nuclear power compromise

Coalition infuriates Greens with nuclear power compromise

VW engines to fire German household power plants

VW engines to fire German household power plants

50,000 join anti-nuclear power march in Berlin

50,000 join anti-nuclear power march in Berlin

Germany aims to build 40 offshore wind farms

Germany aims to build 40 offshore wind farms

Radioactive brine found in Asse nuclear dump

Radioactive brine found in Asse nuclear dump

Asse nuclear dump contains explosives

Asse nuclear dump contains explosives

Asse nuclear waste workers getting radiation scans

Asse nuclear waste workers getting radiation scans

Siemens looks abroad to tap new interest in nuclear power

Siemens looks abroad to tap new interest in nuclear power

Indian radioactive metal found in Germany

Indian radioactive metal found in Germany

Germany hosts talks on Iran’s nuke programme

Germany hosts talks on Iran’s nuke programme

World powers to meet in Berlin over Iran’s nuclear programme

World powers to meet in Berlin over Iran’s nuclear programme

Officials checking water near Asse nuke facility

Officials checking water near Asse nuke facility

Siemens could pull out of Areva nuclear venture

Siemens could pull out of Areva nuclear venture

Glos: Germany must diversify energy after Russia gas dispute

Glos: Germany must diversify energy after Russia gas dispute

Economists criticise planned nuke phaseout

Economists criticise planned nuke phaseout

Germany suggests widening Iran sanctions to banks and transport

Germany suggests widening Iran sanctions to banks and transport

Nuclear waste transport reaches Gorleben

Nuclear waste transport reaches Gorleben

Anti-nuke activists continue transport blockades

Anti-nuke activists continue transport blockades

Police beat back anti-nuke protestors

Police beat back anti-nuke protestors

German police bust violent anti-nuclear protests

German police bust violent anti-nuclear protests

Gabriel warns anti-nuclear waste activists against violence

Gabriel warns anti-nuclear waste activists against violence

Merkel ‘ignored’ Morsleben nuclear waste dump warnings

Merkel ‘ignored’ Morsleben nuclear waste dump warnings

Iran praises ‘constructive’ Germany in nuclear dispute

Iran praises ‘constructive’ Germany in nuclear dispute

Germany hesitates on new sanctions against Iran

Germany hesitates on new sanctions against Iran

Berlin sees ‘lack of cooperation’ on Iran’s nuclear programme

Berlin sees ‘lack of cooperation’ on Iran’s nuclear programme

Officials reportedly admit nuclear security lacking

Officials reportedly admit nuclear security lacking

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Iranian ‘spy’ to be tried in Germany

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Germany says Indian nuclear deal not a message to Iran

Gabriel: nuclear facility Asse like “Swiss cheese”

Gabriel: nuclear facility Asse like “Swiss cheese”

Germany must rethink its permanent nuclear storage

Germany must rethink its permanent nuclear storage

Asse nuclear facility operators under fire

Asse nuclear facility operators under fire

2,000 anti-nuclear protestors target Büchel airforce base

2,000 anti-nuclear protestors target Büchel airforce base

Künast: CDU nuking chances for alliance with Greens

Künast: CDU nuking chances for alliance with Greens

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Official calls for new German energy efficiency laws

Gabriel: no danger for Germany from Slovenian nuclear mishap

Gabriel: no danger for Germany from Slovenian nuclear mishap

Inferior concrete reportedly used in German nuclear plant

Inferior concrete reportedly used in German nuclear plant

German atomic waste transport cancelled for 2009

German atomic waste transport cancelled for 2009

Steinmeier to discuss Iran’s nuke plans with ElBaradei

Steinmeier to discuss Iran’s nuke plans with ElBaradei

Steinmeier presses Indonesia on Iran

Steinmeier presses Indonesia on Iran

Germany open to Iran-style North Korea talks: Merkel

Germany open to Iran-style North Korea talks: Merkel

Energy policy falls foul of federal auditors

Energy policy falls foul of federal auditors

Berlin to EU: ‘Get tougher on Iran’

Berlin to EU: ‘Get tougher on Iran’

Greens mull supporting Merkel on nuclear exit

Greens mull supporting Merkel on nuclear exit

Greens open to coalition with Merkel’s CDU

Greens open to coalition with Merkel’s CDU

Study sees no power price hikes as Merkel touts nuclear phaseout

Study sees no power price hikes as Merkel touts nuclear phaseout

Merkel calls for global nuclear reactor tests

Merkel calls for global nuclear reactor tests

German media roundup: Split by the atom

German media roundup: Split by the atom

Vote to extend nuclear power sparks protests

Vote to extend nuclear power sparks protests

Merkel flags 15 years for nuclear extension

Merkel flags 15 years for nuclear extension

Nuclear power is only cheap for the industry

Nuclear power is only cheap for the industry

Nuclear firms prodded to fund green energy

Nuclear firms prodded to fund green energy

Rash withdrawal of US nukes poses dangers

Rash withdrawal of US nukes poses dangers

German police officers brought back from Iran

German police officers brought back from Iran

Merkel threatens Iran with sanctions

Merkel threatens Iran with sanctions

Steinmeier demands removal of US nukes from Germany

Steinmeier demands removal of US nukes from Germany