Five years ago, Angela Merkel made an announcement that Germany would phase-out its use of nuclear energy completely by 2022. This decision, prompted by the Fukushima disaster, represented a major shift in energy policy that has put Germany as one of the frontrunners of the EU’s efforts to transition towards renewable and sustainable energy.
Although the efforts of the nuclear power countermovement are only just starting to come to fruition, it has a long history; particularly in Germany where a strong and vocal activist movement has been engaged in this struggle since the 1970s. Many credit the anti-nuclear movement as a pivotal part of the formation of the Green party, which instigated early regulatory measures against nuclear power plants.
But is Germany’s strong desire for nuclear-free energy shared with the rest of the European Union? Results from Dalia’s latest Europe-wide survey conducted in August 2016, show that this isn’t the case. Germans are significantly more anti-nuclear than all other EU countries: 53% of Germans support closing nuclear power plants, compared to 29% across other EU countries.
Germans are also almost three times as likely to support a ban on fracking than the rest of the EU (42% vs 16%). However, only 27% of Germans are supportive of closing down coal plants, compared to 21% of the rest of the EU.
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