Blowing with the Wind Merkel's Nose for Populism Yields Another Victory

After Fukushima, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had no other choice than to abandon nuclear power. Even if there are many open questions about how the transition to a renewables-based future can be achieved, the decision brings many benefits -- especially for the savvy chancellor herself.
With her new energy policy, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has snatched one of the Green Party's favorite pet issues from it.

With her new energy policy, Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel has snatched one of the Green Party's favorite pet issues from it.

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