Germany's Nuclear Debate Berlin May Extend Reactor Lifetimes by 14 Years

A major conflict is brewing in Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition over the extension of nuclear reactor lifetimes. Some conservatives are demanding that the power stations be kept open by an average of 14 years beyond the 2022 phase-out date. The decision due in autumn could decide the political fate of Norbert Röttgen, her ambitious environment minister.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen inspecting a wind farm off the German North Sea coast in April.

Environment Minister Norbert Röttgen inspecting a wind farm off the German North Sea coast in April.

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