While other European countries are actively phasing out nuclear power and investing in renewable energy sources, the Belgian government has recently extended the life of the country's nuclear reactors - in spite of cracks in them as wide as a hand.
Cooperation on nuclear safety with Germany and Belgium existed on paper, but was doubtful in practice, a recent report has found. The probe did not focus on the nuclear plants' safety but on their crisis management.
More micro-cracks have been discovered at the Belgian Tihange 2 nuclear reactor near the German border. Belgian authorities say the nuclear plant is still safe.
Only 70 kilometers separate Aachen from the Tihange nuclear plant in Belgium. Many residents have long had concerns about the safety of the facility. Now, the city is offering iodine tablets in case of an accident.
Thousands have protested to demand the closure of two nuclear reactors in Belgium over safety concerns. Demonstrators formed a human chain that stretched from Germany, through the Netherlands and into Belgium.
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