Political and Policy Repercussions of Japan's Nuclear and Natural Disasters in Germany

DeWit, Andrew; Saaler, Sven
May 2011
Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus;5/2/2011, Issue 18, p8
The article discusses the repercussions of Japan's nuclear and natural disasters to German politics and energy policies. The German federal government under Changellor Angela Merkel decided to shut down two aged nuclear reactors and gradually phase out nuclear power in Germany but Merkel-led-Center-Right coalition that came into power in October 2009 decided prolong the operating life of nuclear reactors by an average of 12 years. The nuclear disaster in Japan brought back the debate on the future of nuclear energy in Germany where IG Metall supports the supply of energy without nuclear power. It points out that nuclear energy is not appropriate as a bridging technology but stands in the way of new and innovative solutions and future-oriented restructuring of energy supply.


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