Germany targets the atom

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It’s part of a broader push to shut nuclear power in Europe.

  • Kalina Oroschakoff
  • Politico

Germany is coming after its neighbors’ nuclear reactors.

Berlin is getting rid of its own nuclear plants — the last is supposed to shut down by the end of 2022 — and is turning its attention to the danger posed by rickety reactors in Belgium and France.

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“Germany has made a decision in favor of a nuclear power exit. It would be desirable if our neighbors would take old plants offline, too,” Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said on May 22.

Berlin’s move is part of a broader push by the EU’s anti-nuclear countries, which include Austria and Luxembourg, to squeeze out nuclear power in favor of greener options such as renewables and…

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