Slowing the Phase-Out Merkel Wants to Extend Nuclear Power Plant Lifespans

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has for the first time provided concrete numbers in her vision of the future of nuclear power in the country. Members of the opposition have accused her of being a pawn of the nuclear lobby.
An anti-nuclear power protest in front of the Emsland plant in Lingen, Germany, on Thursday. Chancellor Angela Merkel says she wants to extend the lifespans of Germany's nuclear plants by 10 to 15 years.

An anti-nuclear power protest in front of the Emsland plant in Lingen, Germany, on Thursday. Chancellor Angela Merkel says she wants to extend the lifespans of Germany's nuclear plants by 10 to 15 years.

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