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Tens of thousands take part in Munich anti-nuclear protest

The protest drew a large and vocal crowd

 

 

 

Cientos de miles de personas exigen a Merkel el "apagón"atómico

Más de 200.000 manifestantes antinucleares, repartidos por las principales ciudades de Alemania, salieron a la calle para exigir al gobierno el adiós definitivo y total a la energía nuclear.
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Más de 200.000 manifestantes antinucleares, repartidos por las principales ciudades de Alemania, salieron a la calle para exigir al gobierno de la canciller Angela Merkel  el adiós definitivo  y total a la energía nuclear.

Unos 60.000 manifestantes en Berlín, otros 50.000 en Hamburgo, 25.000 en Múnich y otros tantos en Colonia, entre otras ciudades del país, secundaron la convocatoria lanzada por plataformas antinucleares. Entre los manifestantes estuvieron representantes de los partidos de la  oposición, sindicatos y organizaciones religiosas.

 

La bandera del "Atomkraft? Nein, Danke" ("¿Energía atómica? No, gracias"),  señal de identidad del ecopacifismo alemán, recuperó el protagonismo de los años 80 y 90, por el impacto de la catástrofe de la planta japonesa de Fukushima.

 

La oposición roji-verde cree que la  desconexión de siete de los 17 reactores alemanesdespués de la catástrofe de Japón, es una medida electoral de Merkel por las las elecciones de mañana en los estados de Baden-Württemberg y Renani-Palatinado, sur y oeste del país, respectivamente.La marcha berlinesa fue encabezada por los líderes de los Verdes en el Bundestag (Parlamento federal), Renate Künast y Jürgen Trittin, así como el jefe de la oposición parlamentaria socialdemócata, Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Los líderes de esas formaciones  exigieron una acción más contundente  y sin marcha atrás, sustentados en la alarma radiactiva desatada en Japón.

 

Merkel se defiende

 

En un mitin en Renania-Palatinado, Merkel rechazó que su decisión obedezca a  intereses electoralistas. "Con o sin campaña electoral: ningún ser sensato ignoraría lo ocurrido en Japón", afirmó la presidenta intentando ratificar su decisión de revisar la seguridad de todas las plantas alemanas e invitar a hacerlo al resto de países de la Unión Europea.

 

Las declaraciones de la canciller llegan después de su ministro de Economía, Rainer Brüderle, tratara de tranquilizar los ánimos de la gran industria y dijera, ante un ámbito reducido, que la moratoria obedece a cuestiones electorales.

 

Las palabras del ministro, posteriormente desmentidas,  han puesto en tela de juicio la credibilidad de Merkel.

 

A las palabras del ministro se le suma que la prolongación de la vida de las centrales, recientemente aprobada por su gobierno, fue defendida por parte de la coalición de centroderecha de la canciller. El ala más conservadora del partido echó así por tierra, a finales de 2010, el plan fijado en 2000 por el ejecutivo roji-verde de Gerhard Schröder para el abandono de la energía nuclear.

 

La propuesta suspendida 

 

El nuevo calendario del gobierno de Merkel, ahora en suspenso, pretendía prolongar el funcionamiento de los reactores una media de 12 años, entre 8 y 14 años, según su grado de seguridad.

 

Para la oposición y el movimiento antinuclear, se trata de una maniobra de cara al electorado de Baden-Württemberg -donde están emplazados cuatro reactores.

Los sondeos apuntan a un relevo en el poder a favor de una alianza entre  socialdemócratas y Verdes, con opción a que sean los ecopacifistas la fuerza mayoritaria en esa nueva constelación.

 

 

 

Anti-nuclear protest, Neckarwestheim, southern German

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13-3-2011 - Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, has ordered an emergency safety check at all Germany’s 17 nuclear power stations in the wake of the Japanese earthquake, as tens of thousands of demonstrators protested against prolonging the use of atomic energy in Europe’s largest economy.

 

 

 

 

 

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Anti-nuclear Germans protest on eve of state vote

 

BERLIN (Reuters) - More than 200,000 people took part in anti-nuclear protests in Germany on Saturday on the eve of state elections where criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel's nuclear policies has already given her opposition the edge.

Organizers called it the biggest anti-nuclear demonstration Germany has seen, with police estimating 100,000 turned out in Berlin alone. Hamburg, Munich and Cologne also saw big rallies.

Protesters called for all of Germany's 17 nuclear power plants to be shut down in the light in the nuclear breakdown in Japan, caused by the earthquake and tsunami. "Fukushima is a warning -- close all nuclear plants," was one of the slogans.

The opposition Greens and Social Democrats (SPD), heading for a victory in Sunday's election in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg which Merkel's conservatives have run for nearly 60 years, denounced her nuclear power U-turn.

After passing a disputed law to extend the life spans of Germany's nuclear power plants last year and calling it a safe source of energy, Merkel's government closed down seven plants last week because of Japan's nuclear disaster and postponed plans to extend the use of atomic energy.

"We are demonstrating here today against a historically bad decision," said Greens parliamentary chief Juergen Trittin, referring to the nuclear power extension last year.

Baden-Wuerttemberg in southwestern Germany is an industrial powerhouse where the Greens have already been boosted by local protests against a major infrastructure project in Stuttgart backed by Merkel's Christian Democrats.

The state is home to one of the seven closed reactors, Neckarwestheim I. The day after Japan's earthquake and tsunami, about 50,000 campaigners formed a 45-km (27-mile) human chain in a pre-planned protest between state capital Stuttgart and Neckarwestheim to demand its demise.

Germany's nuclear plants are run by E.ON, RWE, EnBW and Vattenfall.

Late polls show the SPD and Greens each winning 24 percent -- which would give them a 48-43 percent win over the CDU and FDP. With as many as 40 percent of voters undecided, the Greens, normally a junior partner to the SPD, could emerge as the leaders of a state coalition government for the first time.

Merkel has also been criticized by commentators on the right and left for isolating NATO-member Germany on the international stage by abstaining in a U.N. Security Council vote that backed international military action over Libya.

But an opinion poll for Focus magazine released on Saturday said 56 percent of people surveyed supported the stance of the chancellor and her foreign minister, Guido Westerwelle of the Free Democrats (FDP), on the Libyan intervention.

 

 

(Additional reporting by Sabine Ehrhardt; writing by Stephen Brown
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An estimated quarter of a million people took to the streets in Germany on Saturday to protest against nuclear power.

Marches took place in Hamburg, Cologne, Munich and the capital Berlin ahead of the vote in wealthy Baden-Wuerttemberg state, at which nuclear energy is set to be a key issue.

Organisers says they marched under the banner "Fukushima Means: No More Nuclear Power Stations", referring to the nuclear plant in Japan which was damaged in the earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.

Anti-nuclear demonstrators march towards the Victory Column in Berlin.

Anti-nuclear demonstrators march towards the Victory Column in Berlin.

PHOTO: AFP http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world/71413/anti-nuclear-protests-in-germany

 


 

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Merkel to seek common EU nuclear safety standards

 

In light of the nuclear crisis in Japan, Chancellor Angela Merkel has ordered a three-month moratorium on extending the lifetimes of the 17 reactors in Germany and to shut off the oldest seven temporarily, pending safety checks.

Despite her protests to the contrary, voters believe she was electioneering.

An election is to be held on Sunday in Baden-Wuerttemberg state where nuclear energy is a key issue.

The CDU party has held power there for 58 years.

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03-19-2011  BERLIN – German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Saturday for the European Union to set common safety standards for nuclear power stations following Japan’s crisis.
Merkel, who ordered the closure this week of seven old nuclear plants in Germany, said she would raise the issue at an EU summit on March 24-25.

In a podcast on her website, Merkel noted that the EU had set common standards for many things right down to the size of apples and shape of bananas.

“We could also talk about uniform safety standards for all European nuclear power stations because everyone in Europe would be affected to the same extent by an accident at a nuclear power station in Europe,” she said.

Environment Minister Norbert Roettgen is considering drastic safety measures to be implemented at German nuclear plants which could make them commercially unviable, sources in Merkel’s coalition said on Friday.

Roettgen discussed with coalition partners a ministry paper offering “preliminary thoughts” on possible standards that few of Germany’s 17 nuclear plants currently fulfill, they said.

Merkel praised European Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger for summoning nuclear power plant operators and regulators to discuss safety after last week’s earthquake and tsunami which caused the crisis at Japan’s Fukushima complex.

“We have to decide what we can learn from this catastrophe,” said Merkel, who suspended this week her nuclear policy which the coalition agreed only last autumn.

All seven plants, which began operating before 1980, will undergo safety checks during the three month moratorium. The opposition has accused Merkel of staging the policy U-turn to avoid defeat in a series of regional elections this month.

FROM | Reuters

 

 

 

 

 

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