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German policy of giving up atom unlikely to be reversed: energy expert

Amidst the brewing European energy crisis, Germany is bracing for what may prove to be a major government scandal. According to a Swedish expert, the authorities may have misled the public as to the pros and cons of phasing out nuclear power. The result: Germany insists on closing all remaining reactors down despite the only alternative being fossil fuels. TVP World’s guest, Viktor Savinok from the Centre for East European and International Studies, explains why would the German leadership choose to disregard available evidence and push for the closure of the power plants at all costs.

As Mr Savinok explains, the debate around nuclear power in Germany has its roots in the decision made back in 2002 when Gerhard Schröder of the SPD was the Chancellor. Following the CDU victory, Angela Merkel’s cabinet reversed the decision and attempted to extend the lifetime of nuclear plants, but the 2011 Fukushima disaster sparked renewed fears regarding nuclear power. According to the new Energiewende (energy change) plan, the last nuclear power plants were to be shut down by the end of 2022.

Other subjects discussed involved: how truthful was the German government about the pros and cons of shutting down nuclear power plants, what technological problems are the stated reason for the closure of the plants, how much of Germany’s energy mix are they currently producing, what might be the effects for Germany economy, and which political parties stand to benefit and which to lose support over the issue.

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