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46 Percent of Germans Want Nuclear Power, Survey Says

An opinion survey shows 46 percent of Germans want to keep nuclear power stations operating if that is the way to stop electricity prices soaring, a German newspaper reported Sunday.

A nuclear power plant near Cologne

If nuclear power is cheaper, Germans want it

Bild am Sonntag newspaper commissioned the survey, the resulty of which it published on Sunday, June 15. Pollsters Emnid questioned more than 500 people.

Eight years ago, Germany legislated a phasing out of nuclear power which foresees premature closure for all 12 existing German nuclear power stations. The last generator, reactor II at Neckarwestheim in southwest Germany, is currently set to close in 2022.

The poll found 46 percent approved of the closure plan or wanted nuclear power to end immediately. The rest did not know.

The recent surge in world energy prices has prompted a re-assessment of anti-nuclear policies in several European nations including Italy, which has ordered new nuclear plants to be built.

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