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Nuclear energy on trial

After the nuclear disaster in Fukushima Germany, Italy and Switzerland have bid farewell to nuclear power, while other countries are discussing its merits. Will this make Europe a safer place or just make electricity more expensive?

Novinar - Bulgaria | Sunday, 27. January 2013

Nuclear plant not an issue for Bulgarians

A referendum on a new nuclear power plant in Bulgaria failed on Sunday owing to the low voter turnout of just 21 percent. The referendum fell so far short of the prescribed minimum turnout of 60 percent because the Bulgarians are preoccupied with more urgent concerns than the future of nuclear energy right now, the daily newspaper Novinar points out: » more

Helsingin Sanomat - Finland | Thursday, 25. October 2012

Eon turns its back on nuclear energy

German energy giant Eon has announced its withdrawal from Finland, casting great doubts on the future of the Fennovoima nuclear plant project in which Eon has a 34 percent share. The step is a reaction to changes on the electricity markets, the liberal daily Helsingin Sanomat concludes: » more

Rzeczpospolita - Poland | Monday, 22. October 2012

Poland needs nuclear energy in the long run

Poland's state-owned power company PGE announced on Friday that its first nuclear power plant would go on grid in 2023 or 2024. In the medium term 15 percent of the country's power needs are to be covered by nuclear energy. For Karolina Baca-Pogorzelska of the conservative daily Rzeczpospolita that is good news despite the risks: » more

Les Echos - France | Monday, 17. September 2012

France lacks concept for energy revolution

The French government met with experts to discuss the future of France's energy sector at a conference in Paris on Friday and Saturday. President François Hollande used the occasion to make impressive announcements such as the closure of France's oldest nuclear power plant in Fessenheim in Alsace but did not initiate a real debate on the energy revolution, the liberal daily Les Echos laments: » more

De Morgen - Belgium | Wednesday, 22. August 2012

Belgium regrets clinging to atomic energy

Two Belgian nuclear power plants may have to be closed down due to safety problems even though the move could cause energy shortages. All of a sudden Belgium is waking up from the days when no one gave a thought to the problems posed by nuclear power, the left-liberal daily De Morgen writes cynically: » more

Svenska Dagbladet - Sweden | Wednesday, 1. August 2012

Sweden needs new nuclear reactors

The energy company Vattenfall wants to build new nuclear reactors in Sweden to replace the old ones. The majority of Sweden's population supports the use of nuclear energy. The conservative daily Svenska Dagbladet urges all political parties to reach a consensus on expanding nuclear power in the country: » more

Financial Times Deutschland - Germany | Friday, 30. March 2012

Nuclear phaseout a chance for energy companies

In view of the politically enforced nuclear phaseout in Germany the energy providers RWE and Eon have also abandoned their international plans for new nuclear plants and are selling their jointly-owned British nuclear company Horizon Nuclear Power. The new policy promises more opportunities than risks, the liberal business paper Financial Times Deutschland contends: » more

TagesWoche - Switzerland | Thursday, 8. March 2012

Switzerland can do without unsafe nuclear plant

The Swiss Federal Court on Wednesday withdrew the open-ended operation licence for the nuclear plant in Mühleberg. The judges listed security issues as the reason for the verdict. This is a step in the right direction, the weekly Tages-Woche writes: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Wednesday, 7. March 2012

Brown coal too cheap despite emissions trading

The amount of electricity generated from brown coal went up by five percent in Germany last year. According to a report by the German Working Group on Energy Balances this means that together with the renewable energies coal is benefiting most from the  decision to phase out nuclear power. But the real reason for this development is the crippling practice of emissions trading, the left-leaning daily taz points out: » more

Turun Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 14. February 2012

Russian final storage solution unconvincing

According to Finnish media reports, Russia wants to build its first final storage facility for low-level and medium-level radioactive waste, and also store small quantities of highly radioactive plutonium there. The facility is to be built 80 kilometres west of St. Petersburg at the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant in the town of Sosnovy Bor. The Finnish nuclear supervisory authority is relieved, but many questions remain unanswered, the liberal daily Turun Sanomat notes: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Wednesday, 8. February 2012

Czech Republic ditches 18 nuclear reactors

The Czech Republic is scrapping plans to build 18 new nuclear reactors by 2060 and will instead focus on expanding the Temelín nuclear power plant, the new Czech minister for economic affairs, Martin Kuba, announced during his first press conference on Tuesday. With the decision he distances himself from the plans of his predecessor Martin Kocourek, who resigned amidst allegations of dubious financial dealings. The business paper Hospodářské noviny goes even further: » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Monday, 9. January 2012

German energy transformation model for Estonia

Last year Germany announced it would phase out its nuclear power facilities. Estonia should follow suit and also revamp its energy production, the daily Eesti Päevaleht recommends: » more

Le Monde - France | Thursday, 5. January 2012

France's nuclear debate relaunched

France's Nuclear Safety Authority presented its final report on French nuclear power plants on Wednesday, in which it calls for renovation work to cost 10 to 15 billion euros. The authority investigated the country's nuclear power plants following the disaster in Fukushima. In this light the debate about nuclear power must be revived, writes the left-liberal daily Le Monde: » more

Blog Del alfiler al elefante - Spain | Wednesday, 28. December 2011

2011 surpasses 1989

Just as in the course of history only a few people stay in our memories the same is true with the years, writes Lluís Bassets in his blog Del Alfiler al Elefante, and says 2011 was more historical than 1989 when the Eastern bloc collapsed: » more

Lidové noviny - Czech Republic | Thursday, 10. November 2011

Nuclear energy slows climate change

The International Energy Agency of the OECD on Wednesday called for a swift change in energy policy to prevent climate change from getting out of control. The agency was particularly critical of Germany's nuclear phaseout. The conservative daily Lidové noviny agrees: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Tuesday, 1. November 2011

Belgian nuclear phaseout rotten compromise

Belgium wants a nuclear phaseout by 2015. This was the agreement reached by Belgium's future governing coalition under Walloon Social Democrat Elio di Rupo on Sunday, upholding a law dating back to 2003. It's about time, the daily Le Soir writes, but remains sceptical about whether the phaseout will really happen: » more

Les Echos - France | Wednesday, 26. October 2011

France needs nuclear power like Germany

Eva Joly, the presidential candidate of France's Green party, declared in an interview on Tuesday that a coalition with the Socialists would only be possible if they approved a nuclear phaseout in France along German lines. The business paper Les Echos argues that a phaseout would be impossible: » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Wednesday, 14. September 2011

German nuclear phaseout model for Czechs

While Germany is saying farewell to nuclear energy the Czech Republic is planning to extend its use. The goal is for 80 percent of Czech electricity to be generated by nuclear power plants by 2060. The business paper Hospodářské noviny says Prague is heading in the wrong direction: » more

WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 8. September 2011

Switzerland needs nuclear phaseout

The upper house of the Swiss parliament, the Council of States, rejected on Monday plans for a nuclear phaseout that had already been approved by the lower house, the National Council. The left-leaning daily WOZ hopes that the phaseout will come anyway: » more

Expansión - Spain | Tuesday, 13. September 2011

Don't exploit nuclear accident in France

An employee died on Monday when an incinerator for low-radiation waste exploded at the Marcoule nuclear facility in southern France. Although the authorities have signalled no radioactive leakage, anti-nuclear activists will use it as a cheap argument for a phaseout, the business paper Expansión fears: » more

Bild - Germany | Thursday, 11. August 2011

Nuclear phaseout hits German economy

Germany's largest energy company Eon is considering laying off of up to 11,000 workers worldwide. According to CEO Johannes Teyssen the planned nuclear phaseout has caused profits to fall, meaning the company must now tighten its belt. The conservative tabloid Bild writes that the government has failed to make it clear to citizens what the repercussions of the abrupt nuclear phaseout would be: » more

Blog A Europa desalinhada - Portugal | Thursday, 4. August 2011

Fukushima calls for coal's renaissance

The nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima has dampened interest in nuclear power in many countries. Since renewable energies can't cover energy requirements many countries are relying more heavily on coal again, observes Marco Zatterin in Blog A Europa desalinhada: » more

The Irish Times - Ireland | Thursday, 21. July 2011

Japan's nuclear phase-out too bold

The Japanese premier Naoto Kan has recommended that his country phase out nuclear energy. This is likely to considerably shorten his time as prime minister, the liberal daily The Irish Times suspects: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 14. July 2011

Japan's Premier uses nuclear phaseout as ploy

Approximately four months after the Fukushima reactor disaster Japanese Premier Naoto Kan has announced that the country will gradually phase out nuclear power. The move is mainly driven by political motives with an eye to the next elections, the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung concludes: » more

e-vestnik - Bulgaria | Sunday, 26. June 2011

Futile tests for closed nuclear plants

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has announced stress tests for two reactor blocks at the Kosloduj nuclear power plant that were shut down in 2007 as a prerequisite for Bulgaria's EU membership. The measure is intended to provide belated proof of their safety. The prime minister is behaving negligently, the online portal e-vestnik complains: » more

WOZ - Die Wochenzeitung - Switzerland | Thursday, 23. June 2011

Social Democrat betrays anti-nuclear activists

The social democratic mayor of Bern had a camp set up by anti-nuclear protesters outside the main offices of the nuclear energy company BKW cleared by police on Monday night. This is a betrayal, writes the leftist daily WOZ: » more

El País - Spain | Wednesday, 22. June 2011

Ulrich Beck on Germany's cunning nuclear phase-out

With their nuclear phase-out the Germans are securing an advantage on the global market for future technologies, sociologist Ulrich Beck explains in the left-liberal daily El País: » more

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Monday, 20. June 2011

New nuclear plant unimportant for Lithuania

The Lithuanian government has once more commenced negotiations with investors for the construction of a nuclear power plant. The daily Lietuvos Rytas distrusts the project: » more

Berliner Zeitung - Germany | Friday, 17. June 2011

Reasons for German fears

The Debt crisis in Greece, nuclear power, E. coli - why are the Germans afraid of just about everything that comes their way? trend researcher Matthias Horx asks in the left-liberal daily Berliner Zeitung, giving two answers: » more

Svobodata - Bulgaria | Wednesday, 15. June 2011

Russian-style nuclear plants imperil Bulgaria

A report by Russian scientists currently under discussion in the Russian State Council underscores the grave inadequacies of earthquake protection measures in Russian nuclear power plants. Edvin Sugarev voices concern in the daily Svobodata since Bulgaria is going ahead with the construction of a Russian-type nuclear plant in an earthquake zone near the town of Belene on the Danube: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Thursday, 16. June 2011

Karl-Heinz Büschemann on authoritarian traits of nuclear energy

Italy, Germany and Switzerland have turned their backs on nuclear power while other countries are talking about phasing it out and delaying the construction of new nuclear power plants. Nuclear energy has no future in democracies and free market economies, concludes columnist Karl-Heinz Büschemann in the left-liberal Süddeutsche Zeitung: » more

El País - Spain | Tuesday, 14. June 2011

Bad advertisement for nuclear power

The referendum against three projects backed by Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi highlights the enormous discrepancies between him and the people, writes the left liberal daily El País: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 10. June 2011

Sensible Pope condemns nuclear energy

In a referendum next Sunday, the Italians will vote on Silvio Berlusconi's plans to reintroduce nuclear energy in the country. The left-liberal daily La Repubblica is therefore glad that Pope Benedict XVI has spoken out against nuclear energy at an audience with several new ambassadors: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Thursday, 9. June 2011

Switzerland's half-hearted nuclear phase-out

Switzerland's National Council approved a gradual phase-out of nuclear power on Wednesday. But according to the liberal daily Tages-Anzeiger, the decision is not based on true conviction: » more

Ekonomika - Lithuania | Thursday, 9. June 2011

Nuclear plan needs sensible approach

The Lithuanian government has announced that it is seeking new investors for the construction of a nuclear power plant. The business paper Ekonomika warns against overoptimism: » more

Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, 7. June 2011

German nuclear phase-out wrong

The German government passed the law on the country's nuclear phase-out in 2022 on Monday. They'll live to regret it, writes the conservative daily Le Figaro: » more

Népszabadság - Hungary | Wednesday, 1. June 2011

Merkel greener after nuclear phase-out

Germany's conservative-liberal government has resolved to phase out nuclear power by 2022. The move opens the way for a coalition between the conservative CDU and the Greens, writes the left-liberal daily Népszabadság: » more

Svobodata - Bulgaria | Tuesday, 31. May 2011

Bulgaria's outdated nuclear plant plans

While Germany and other European countries are planning to phase out nuclear power Bulgaria plans to build a Russian-style nuclear power plant it doesn't even need in Belene, writes Edvin Sugarev on the opinion portal Svobodata: » more

Blog Géopolitique - France | Tuesday, 31. May 2011

German ecologists import nuclear energy

Germany's nuclear phase-out is a hypocritical election tactic that will weaken Europe, writes Pierre Rousselin in his blog Géopolitique: » more

Aftonbladet - Sweden | Tuesday, 31. May 2011

Berlin leads the way

With its plans for a nuclear phase-out Germany has assumed the leading role it deserves in Europe at least as far as energy issues are concerned, writes the left-leaning tabloid Aftonbladet: » more

De Tijd - Belgium | Tuesday, 31. May 2011

Economy could benefit from phase-out

Germany's decision to phase out nuclear power is legitimate but poses a challenge for the economy, writes the business paper De Tijd: » more

Polityka - Poland | Tuesday, 31. May 2011

Green energy to replace nuclear power

Although a bold step, Germany's nuclear phase-out by 2022 is made feasible by its innovative business environment, writes the online edition of the news magazine Polityka: » 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

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

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

Corriere del Ticino - Switzerland | Friday, 6. May 2011

Swiss nuclear phaseout pointless

The Swiss Nuclear Safety Inspectorate on Thursday presented the results of its investigations on the country's nuclear power plants, and called for additional security measures. But there's no reason for a nuclear phaseout, which wouldn't achieve anything in Switzerland, writes the liberal daily Corriere del Ticino: » 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

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

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

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

Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung - Germany | Sunday, 17. April 2011

Energy transition takes time

Last week German Chancellor Angela Merkel met with the premiers of the federal states to discuss a complete nuclear phaseout in Germany. The conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung compares the debate with that over the social reforms implemented by Merkel's predecessor Gerhard Schröder: » 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

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

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Wednesday, 6. April 2011

Nuclear disaster would be Estonia's end

In view of the nuclear catastrophe in Japan the daily Eesti Päevaleht writes that plans for the construction of a nuclear power plant should be abandoned: » more

Delo - Slovenia | Wednesday, 6. April 2011

Benjamin Sovacool on the end of nuclear energy after Fukushima

The Japanese disaster provides the chance to convince the world once and for all of the dangers of nuclear energy, writes Benjamin K. Sovacool, political scientist and author of the book Contesting the Future of Nuclear Power, in a commentary for the daily Delo: » more

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 6. April 2011

Energy change calls for creativity

According to Germany's Federal Network Agency, if it were to shut down seven of its nuclear power plants for good Germany would have to import nuclear energy amounting to the capacity of three nuclear plants from neighbouring countries like France and the Czech Republic. Now politics must give industry incentives to innovate and tackle the energy transition, writes the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung: » 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

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

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

Welt am Sonntag - Germany | Sunday, 27. March 2011

Anti-nuclear protest bonds generations

More than 200,000 protesters marched against nuclear power in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne and Munich on Saturday. Nowhere in Europe is the movement as strong as in Germany, the conservative Sunday paper Welt am Sonntag writes, showing understanding for the protesters' motives: » 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

Il Sole 24 Ore - Italy | Wednesday, 23. March 2011

Rome postpones return to nuclear energy

Italy will postpone its plans to reintroduce nuclear power in the country for a year, the country's Ministry for Economic development announced on Tuesday. A pause for reflection is certainly a wise measure but in Italy there is the danger that rather than culminating in a decision it will lead to endless procrastinating, the business paper Il Sole 24 Ore complains: » 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Delo - Slovenia | Wednesday, 16. March 2011

Berlin's amazing turnaround

The decision of the German government to take seven old nuclear power plants off the grid came astonishingly quickly, writes the daily Delo: » 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Salzburger Nachrichten - Austria | Wednesday, 9. March 2011

Euratom opponents are right

In Austria, the "Out of Euratom" petition for a referendum on the country's withdrawal from the European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom) has failed. It is nonetheless important to discuss the future of Europe's energy supplies, writes the Christian-liberal daily Salzburger Nachrichten: » more

Berlingske - Denmark | Friday, 25. February 2011

Denmark overlooks nuclear energy

Denmark's conservative government presented its new energy strategy on Thursday. The country aims to be completely independent of fossil fuels by 2050 and at the same time drastically reduce its pollution levels. The liberal-conservative daily Berlingske criticises the concept: » more

Expansión - Spain | Thursday, 17. February 2011

Zapatero sees advantages of nuclear power

The running times of nuclear power plants in Spain can be extended more easily now that the socialist government has changed its policy here and approved a change in the law to that effect. The business paper Expansión welcomes the change of direction: » more


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