Merkel Pushes the Emergency Button Moratorium Seen as Ploy to Placate Voters

Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced the temporary shutdown of seven of Germany's 17 nuclear plants pending a three-month safety check in response to the Fukushima accident. Opposition parties say is it's a calculated move to allay public fear and avert defeat in three regional elections this month.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has put her nuclear policy on hold: "Everything must be placed under review."

Chancellor Angela Merkel has put her nuclear policy on hold: "Everything must be placed under review."

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