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Fears of a nuclear disaster

The badly damaged reactors of the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant are still not under control. While the levels of radioactivity continue to rise in Japan, the threat of another catastrophe like that in Chernobyl is spreading fear all over the world.

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Thursday, 26. May 2011

Europe will pay for German nuclear phase-out

Political indicators in Germany increasingly point to an early nuclear phase-out. This will be expensive for its neighbours, the left-liberal daily Mladá fronta dnes complains: » more

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Thursday, 26. May 2011

Swiss nuclear phase-out premature

The Swiss government on Wednesday decided in favour of a gradual nuclear phase-out. The country's five existing nuclear power plants are to be taken off the grid at the end of their operating times. A premature decision, the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino complains: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, 23. May 2011

Nuclear phase-out requires sensible alternatives

German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed at the weekend that Germany plans to dispense with nuclear power entirely in ten years. At the same time it's still unclear what exactly the stress tests for European nuclear power plants put on the agenda after the Fukushima accident will look like. The business daily Hospodářské noviny sees all this as very questionable: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 18. May 2011

Stress tests help nuclear lobby

According to a report by the Reactor Safety Committee (RSC), none of the 17 Germany nuclear power plants comply with the high safety standards forming the basis of the stress tests performed after the Japanese nuclear disaster at Fukushima. The report will mainly serve the purposes of the nuclear lobby, fears the left-leaning daily tageszeitung: » more

Le Monde - France | Wednesday, 18. May 2011

Hervé Kempf on DSK, Fukushima and human hybris

The nuclear disaster in Fukushima is just as hard to fathom as the sudden downfall of the French almost-presidential candidate Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Both events give clues to the inner workings of our society, writes Hervé Kempf in the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Tuesday, 26. April 2011

Industry must convince sceptical public

Atomic power remains a key energy source despite the nuclear catastrophes in Chernobyl and Fukushima, writes the liberal daily The Irish Times: » more

Karjalainen - Finland | Tuesday, 26. April 2011

Problematic dependence on nuclear energy

On the 25th anniversary of the nuclear catastrophe in Chernobyl, the liberal daily Karjalainen complains of the world's continued dependence on atomic power and calls for the development of alternative energy sources: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Tuesday, 26. April 2011

Cars more dangerous than reactors

Despite the Chernobyl catastrophe 25 years ago and the most recent nuclear disaster in Fukushima the conservative daily Lidové noviny says there's no point in getting hysterical: » more

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 20. April 2011

Italy lacks energy policy

The Italian government on Thursday decided to shelve plans for a return to nuclear power for the time being. A moratorium on the plans had already been declared at the end of March. The country lacks a clear energy policy, the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore writes: » more

Diário Económico - Portugal | Friday, 15. April 2011

Joseph E. Stiglitz on global crisis mismanagement

Both the accident at Fukushima nuclear power plant and the global financial crisis have demonstrated poor global risk management, writes Economics Nobel Prize laureate Joseph E. Stiglitz in the business paper Diário Económico: » more

Libération - France | Monday, 18. April 2011

Nuclear phaseout a long-winded affair

The head of the company operating the damaged nuclear reactor in Fukushima announced on the weekend that it will take another three months to ensure the adequate cooling of the reactors and the storage pool on site. The left-liberal daily Libération writes that it will be a lot longer before the world can fully turn its back on nuclear energy: » more

Kansan Uutiset - Finland | Wednesday, 13. April 2011

Fukushima on a par with Chernobyl

The Japanese Atomic Energy Agency has raised the accident at the Fukushima 1 nuclear power plant to the highest level on the international scale for measuring nuclear accidents, putting it on a par with Chernobyl. And the true scale of the disaster is still unclear, writes the leftist weekly Kansan Uutiset in its Internet edition: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Tuesday, 12. April 2011

Japan's risky information policy

The Japanese government announced yesterday that it would further extend the evacuation zone around the damaged nuclear reactor Fukushima 1. The left-liberal daily Der Standard welcomes the step but criticises Japan's policy of information regarding the catastrophe: » more

Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Wednesday, 6. April 2011

Luxembourg's trendy environmentalists

The nuclear disaster in Japan has given the environmental movement in Luxembourg fresh impetus, writes the daily Le Quotidien, noting that companies now recognise the advantages of sustainable development: » more

Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Tuesday, 5. April 2011

Strengthen the IAEA

Tepco power company, operator of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, has dumped 10,000 tons of radioactive water into the Pacific. As a nuclear disaster always has international repercussions, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) must be granted more competences, writes the liberal daily Financial Times Deutschland: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 5. April 2011

Lisette Gebhardt against Japan clichés after Fukushima

The West's coverage of Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster in the past few weeks has highlighted the cultural differences in the way disasters are dealt with. The German Japan expert Lisette Gebhardt criticises this coverage in the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung as full of clichés about the Japanese sense of community and suffering and argues that it is more important to emphasise the things we have in common: » more

Vilniaus diena - Lithuania | Tuesday, 5. April 2011

Lithuanians doubtful about nuclear power

Doubts about the use of nuclear energy are growing in Lithuania. The daily Vilniaus Diena is not surprised: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Tuesday, 5. April 2011

Television taboos nuclear humour

In view of the Japanese nuclear accident, several television stations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland have refrained from broadcasting episodes of the satirical cartoon series The Simpsons which feature a nuclear disaster. That is wrong, writes the chairman of the Flemish nationalist N-VA party, Bart de Wever in his column for the daily De Standard: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Wednesday, 30. March 2011

Fukushima uninteresting without MCA

Almost three weeks after the accident at Fukushima nuclear power plant the situation remains critical. However the world's interest is fading fast, writes the conservative daily Die Welt: » more

Diário de Notícias - Portugal | Tuesday, 29. March 2011

Germany's Greens global trailblazers

The election victory of the Greens in Baden-Württemberg underscores the German environmental party's leading role worldwide, writes the daily Diário de Notícias: » more

Élet és Irodalom - Hungary | Friday, 25. March 2011

Global consequences of disaster in Japan

The earthquake in Japan and the ensuing tsunami will have a greater impact on the global economy than most of the natural disasters to date, writes the economist Miklós Losoncz in the left-liberal weekly Élet és Irodalom: » more

The Guardian - United Kingdom | Friday, 25. March 2011

Johnjoe McFadden on the roots of selfless altruism

A study by the Arizona State University deals with the roots of human altruism, for which the workers in the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima - subject to high levels of radiation on a daily basis - provide a sterling example. The basis of such selfishness is more cultural than genetic, writes Johnjoe McFadden in the left-liberal daily The Guardian: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 24. March 2011

The price of renewable energies

The nuclear disaster in Japan has triggered a debate about the future of nuclear power in several European countries. The liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung points out that renewable energies also have their price, even if it can't always be translated into precise figures: » more

The Daily Telegraph - United Kingdom | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Panic mongering against nuclear power

In reaction to the catastrophe in the Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima Daiichi, Germany has temporarily shut down seven of its oldest reactors, while the EU energy commissioner has called for a nuclear phaseout. The conservative newspaper The Daily Telegraph finds such panic mongering uncalled for: » more

Les Echos - France | Tuesday, 22. March 2011

The true price of nuclear energy

The catastrophe at the Japanese nuclear plant Fukushima 1 got people around the world debating the viability of nuclear phaseout again. France, which gets around 70 percent of its electricity from nuclear energy, is no exception. For the business paper Les Echos, safety precautions must be taken against such accidents, even if the cost will trigger an enormous increase in the price of electricity: » more

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Monday, 21. March 2011

Lithuania too needs nuclear debate

The Fukushima reactor catastrophe in Japan has revived the nuclear debate in Europe. Lithuania wants to replace its Ignalina nuclear power plant with a new one and must therefore reopen the discussion of nuclear power, demands the daily Lietuvos Rytas: » more

Dagens Nyheter - Sweden | Monday, 21. March 2011

Learn from Fukushima

The situation at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant has stabilised after engineers were able to reconnect all of the reactor blocks to the power grid by this morning. But even if nuclear energy is indispensable at present we must learn the lessons of Fukushima, the daily Dagens Nyheter urges: » more

Népszabadság - Hungary | Saturday, 19. March 2011

Miklós Hargitai on natural catastrophes wiping out mankind

The massive earthquake off the coast of Japan and its immediate consequences have shown how vulnerable humans are to nature's forces, writes Miklós Hargitai in the left-liberal daily Népszabadság. Even now it is clear that one natural catastrophe or another will seal mankind's fate, Hargitai predicts: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Friday, 18. March 2011

Petition on nuclear phaseout pointless

In the wake of the nuclear catastrophe in Japan the German and Austrian social democrats want to gather signatures across Europe for a definitive nuclear phaseout. If the petition gathers a million signatures from at least seven member states the EU Commission would have to take a justified stance on the issue. Such an initiative is senseless, writes the left-liberal daily Der Standard: » more

Kauppalehti - Finland | Friday, 18. March 2011

Merkel's anti-nuclear actionism

In reaction to the nuclear disaster in Japan, Germany has put a hold on the planned extension of nuclear plant running times and taken the seven oldest plants off the grid pending safety tests. For the business paper Kauppalehti this is nothing but action for action's sake in the run-up to state parliament elections: » more

El Periódico de Catalunya - Spain | Friday, 18. March 2011

Global community finally takes action

Establishing a no-fly zone was the very least that could be expected of the international community, the left-liberal daily El Periódico de Catalunya writes with relief: » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Friday, 18. March 2011

Japan overshadows all other topics

First the media reported extensively on the uprisings in the Arab World, now they are focusing almost exclusively on Japan, the daily Eesti Päevaleht writes disapprovingly: » more

Finance - Slovenia | Friday, 18. March 2011

Nuclear power cheaper than green energy

Since the nuclear catastrophe in Japan environmentalists have been proclaiming the end of nuclear power and vaunting green energy sources. But sustainable energy alone is not yet the answer, writes the business paper Finance: » more

Sega - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 16. March 2011

EU nuclear plant stress tests a farce

In reaction to the nuclear catastrophe in Japan EU Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger announced on Tuesday that all Europe's nuclear power plants would be subjected to stress tests. This is all a farce, writes the daily Sega: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Thursday, 17. March 2011

Fukushima workers are heroes

The Japanese government has sent out a request for international assistance in the fight to bring its reactors under control. It is as yet unclear who would be willing to sacrifice their health in the battle, which means that the hopes of the world ride on the heroic workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant, writes the leftist daily die tageszeitung: » more

Avgi - Greece | Wednesday, 16. March 2011

Kaki Balli on Japan's false belief in technology

Film director Akira Kurosawa anticipated the explosion of a Japanese nuclear power plant in his serial film Dreams. An episode of the film called Mount Fuji in Red portrays just such a scenario. This critical allusion to the dangers of nuclear energy is one of the few that were ever made in Japan, the columnist Kaki Balli laments in the leftist daily Avgi: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Wednesday, 16. March 2011

Jump on the anti-nuclear bandwagon

If Germany turns its back on nuclear energy other countries will follow suit, the left-liberal Tages-Anzeiger concludes: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 16. March 2011

New age in energy policy

With the announcement that seven nuclear reactors will be taken off the power grid and that all nuclear plants will be tested for safety, the hitherto pro-nuclear German government has launched a revolution in energy policy, writes the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Wednesday, 16. March 2011

Fear a good adviser

The fears which have led Germany to temporarily close down its seven oldest nuclear reactors are justified, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica writes approvingly: » more

Les Echos - France | Wednesday, 16. March 2011

Catastrophe in Japan unsettles stock markets

The consequences of Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster have been felt by stock markets around the world. Investors are now looking for collateral security, writes the business paper Les Echos: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Wednesday, 16. March 2011

Changing power relations

The conservative German government's announcement that it would provisionally shut down seven nuclear power plants will have repercussions for the political balance of power in the country, writes the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Tuesday, 15. March 2011

Chain reaction of fear

In view of the nuclear catastrophe in Japan, politicians the world over are starting to react to people's fears of nuclear technology, the business paper Hospodářské noviny observes: » more

Polityka Online - Poland | Tuesday, 15. March 2011

Japanese recession worse than tsunami

In addition to ravaging the countryside, the catastrophe in Japan has wreaked havoc on the economy, writes the online edition of the news magazine Polityka: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Tuesday, 15. March 2011

Rome acts irresponsibly

Italy should take Germany's decision to suspend plans to extend the life of its nuclear power stations as an example, the left-liberal daily La Repubblica recommends, noting that Italy's nuclear debate is headed in the wrong direction entirely: » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Tuesday, 15. March 2011

Nuclear phaseout now

With an eye to the nuclear catastrophe in Japan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced a three-month moratorium on plans to extend the lifespans of the country's nuclear reactors. Now is the time for a full nuclear phaseout, the left-liberal Berliner Zeitung writes: » more

De Standaard - Belgium | Tuesday, 15. March 2011

Nuclear waste the biggest risk

The catastrophe in Japan has fanned debate over nuclear energy across the world. However there is more to the issue than the safety of power plants, warns the daily De Standaard: » more

Õhtuleht - Estonia | Monday, 14. March 2011

A risk remains

Estonia has long been weighing up whether to build a nuclear power plant. But now the plans must be reconsidered, writes the tabloid Öhtuleht, as the accident in the Japanese reactor at Fukushima proves there will always be a certain residual risk involved: » more

The Observer - United Kingdom | Monday, 14. March 2011

Phaseout not the answer

Although the threat of a melt-down in the Japanese reactor at Fukushima will deeply shake people's trust in atomic energy, nuclear phaseout is not the way to go, writes the Sunday paper The Observer: » more

Welt am Sonntag - Germany | Sunday, 13. March 2011

Nuclear power on trial

After the nuclear catastrophe in Japan the question of nuclear safety must also be reviewed in Germany, writes the conservative Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Monday, 14. March 2011

Atomic energy indispensable

It would be a mistake to categorically rule out the peaceful use of atomic energy in reaction to the nuclear disaster in Japan, the business paper Hospodářské noviny: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Monday, 14. March 2011

Doubts over nuclear comeback

The nuclear catastrophe puts a big question mark over the future use of atomic energy, writes the liberal conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: » more


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