18 MAR 2011
European Union (EU) countries have started a rethink on their nuclear energy policy following the disaster at Japan's nuclear power plants
With opposition to nuclear energy rising among its population, EU heavyweight Germany set the stage for the change on Monday by suspending the plan adopted last year to extend the life of its nuclear power plants.
On Tuesday, the country had decided to shut down seven nuclear power plants on a temporary basis. The plants went on stream before 1980. With this move Germany has become the first European country to take the step after disaster struck Japan.
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