Opinion Germany Cripples Itself With Nuclear Angst

Germans are buying Geiger counters and the government has shut almost half the nuclear plants as a wave of angst has gripped this risk-averse nation in the wake of the Fukushima disaster. The fear is unwarranted and damaging, and Chancellor Angela Merkel is pandering to it to secure her political future.
"I am afraid" -- a German anti-nuclear campaigner in Potsdam on Monday.

"I am afraid" -- a German anti-nuclear campaigner in Potsdam on Monday.

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SPIEGEL ONLINE editor David Crossland has reported as a journalist here for two decades.