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Berlin Alarmed at E.U. Nuclear Ideas

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In the nuclear debate, the E.U. turned up the heat.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    An E.U. strategy paper calling for closer cooperation on nuclear energy research has angered Germany, which is phasing out all its plants by 2022.

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    • A strategy paper leaked to German media this week contains a pledge to maintain the bloc’s technological leadership in nuclear energy.
    • The proposals run counter to German plans for a complete phaseout of nuclear power by 2022 as part of its strategy to wean Germany off fossil fuels by 2050.
    • One German minister dismissed the paper’s proposals as “crazy and irresponsible.”
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To the government, it must have seemed like a bad joke. While utilities like RWE and E.ON are in the midst of an earnings meltdown because the country is phasing out nuclear power by 2022, the European Union is thinking about how to promote the technology.

An E.U. Commission strategy paper leaked to German media including Handelsblatt this week calls on member states to cooperate more closely to develop innovative new nuclear plants and preserve the bloc’s technological leadership in the field.

It said E.U. states should draw on E.U. research funds such as the European Fund for Strategic Investments or the European Structural & Investment Fund.

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