May 5, 2023

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Germany closes its last nuclear reactors, while Finland opens a new one

In the weekend of 15 and 16 April, Germany closed its last three remaining nuclear reactors, while Finland opened a new one.

The opposing actions are typical for two stances European countries have with respect to nuclear energy. One of them, with Germany as its most prominent representative, sees nuclear energy as a harmful and unsafe technology, producing nuclear waste. Luxembourg and Austria, two other countries with a similar stance, have sued the European Commission for its decision to classify nuclear energy as a ‘green’ investment1.

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Others see nuclear energy as an inevitable technology towards a net-zero society. Eleven EU countries – Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechia, Finland, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and most prominently France – launched an alliance2 to boost nuclear energy within the EU. Individual countries have also taken steps, such as Finland opening its Olkiluoto 3 Nuclear Power Plant and the Netherlands planning to build two new reactors by 20353.

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