Germany's CSU Won't Compromise on Nuclear Power Plans, FTD Says

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Germany's Christian Social Union won't compromise on plans to extend the life of nuclear power stations, Guenther Beckstein, prime minister of Bavaria, said in an interview with Financial Times Deutschland.

The party, which is allied with Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats, may form a coalition with the Greens and the Free Democrats following next year's elections, though Beckstein sees the nuclear power plans as non-negotiable, the newspaper said.

Nuclear energy is more important for Bavaria than any other German federal state, Beckstein told the newspaper, and shutting down power stations and then importing energy isn't a sensible solution. Bavaria gets 60 percent of its energy from nuclear power, according to the FTD.

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