Physicist and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has widened her lead in today's election, say exit polls:
This means she can dissolve her coalition with the anti-nuclear Social Democratic Party (SPD), in favor of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). The expected result is to delay the nuclear phase-out in Germany by over a decade; from an earlier article -
Merkel today reiterated her plan to seek a coalition with the Free Democrats after the Sept. 27 election. The alliance with the junior partners who also back an extended phase-out would end her three-year alliance with the Social Democrats, the architects of legislation passed in 2002 to close the plants.
Notably, a majority of the German public opposes nuclear power, supporting some form of phase-out:
About 32 percent of Germans favor speeding up the phase-out while 31 percent want the government to stick to its timetable for closure, a July 12 survey published by polling company Forsa showed. Another 16 percent backed prolonging the plants’ life- cycle for an unspecified period, while 17 percent said Germany should avoid a phase-out altogether.
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