Germany suspends nuclear plants extension

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suspended plans to extend the lives of Germany's 17 nuclear plants, saying that the federal government would conduct a major review of their safety and long-term nuclear energy policy.
"The situation after this moratorium will be different than the situation before," Merkel told reporters in Berlin, after the complaints of long-time critics of nuclear power in Germany were emboldened by the nuclear crisis in Japan, reported the Wall Street Journal.

Merkel added that the security of each plant would be closely analyzed with "nothing taboo." She also said that Germany still saw nuclear power as a "bridge technology" to a greater reliance on renewable sources, and that buying more electricity generated by nuclear reactors in other countries was not the answer.

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