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2012-11-01 23:07:55

Following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in 2011, the German government took the nation's eight oldest reactors offline immediately and passed legislation that will close the last nuclear power plant by 2022. This nuclear phase-out had overwhelming political support in Germany. Elsewhere, many saw it as "panic politics," and the online business magazine Forbes.com went as far as to ask, in a headline, whether the decision was "Insane -- or Just Plain Stupid."...

Switch To Renewable Energy Supported By Most Germans
2012-10-22 04:32:29

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Despite rising costs and the threat of winter blackouts resulting from Germany's decision to start discontinuing the use of nuclear energy, the majority of that country's citizens support the government's decision to switch to renewable sources of energy, a new poll reveals. According to the Associated Press (AP), the results of a survey published Sunday by German news magazine Focus said that 72% of Germans were still supportive...

2008-07-07 06:00:23

Text of report by independent German news agency ddp Berlin - According to Peter Struck, chairman of the SPD [Social Democratic Party of Germany] Bundestag Group, people in Germany have to counter the rising oil and gas prices by reducing their energy consumption. Struck told Berlin-based Tagesspiegel am Sonntag: "We must consume less energy and reduce our dependency on oil and gas by using renewable energy sources. We must also urge the people to become more energy-conscious." At the same...

2006-08-06 08:29:37

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's government came under attack on Sunday from leaders in her own party as the conservatives fell to a record low in opinion polls amid public anger over rising taxes and stymied reform efforts. The head of the leading opposition party, Free Democrat chairman Guido Westerwelle, predicted Merkel's nine-month old grand coalition would collapse well before the next election set for 2009 because of bad blood between...

2006-04-10 05:45:03

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), partners in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition, said on Monday he was stepping down on the advice of doctors only months after taking office. Matthias Platzeck, 52, was admitted to hospital last month after suffering from a sudden hearing problem. "In the past days I had to come to the toughest decision in my life, which was to follow my doctors' urgent advice to step down from my position...

2006-03-26 13:43:40

By Noah Barkin and James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservatives and Social Democrats (SPD) held on to power in three state elections on Sunday, preserving a regional balance crucial for the stability of Chancellor Angela Merkel's right-left coalition in Berlin. With the votes out of the way, however, pressure is expected to build on Merkel to refocus on her domestic agenda and deliver promised reforms of the healthcare system and labor market. Since taking office in...

2006-03-26 11:11:11

BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservatives and Social Democrats looked to have held on to power in three state elections on Sunday, preserving a regional balance crucial for the stability of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition in Berlin. Television exit polls showed Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) won the most votes in the wealthy southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and poorer eastern region of Saxony-Anhalt. The Social Democrats (SPD) were ahead in...

2006-03-26 11:07:07

BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservatives and Social Democrats looked to have held on to power in three state elections on Sunday, preserving a regional balance crucial for the stability of Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition in Berlin. Television exit polls showed Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) won the most votes in the wealthy southwestern state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and poorer eastern region of Saxony-Anhalt. The Social Democrats (SPD) were ahead in...

2006-02-28 18:20:59

By James Mackenzie and Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - U.S. media reports that German intelligence agents helped the American-led invasion of Iraq were a smear tactic against Berlin as a European power firmly opposed to the war, leading German politicians said on Tuesday. The politicians from major parties, including the Social Democrats (SPD) of ex-chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, were reacting to reports that could embarrass current Chancellor Angel Merkel because she leads a...


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