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.
An activist alliance has pressed charges against the Belgian state and the nuclear plants Tihange and Doel. The move comes amid growing fears of a serious nuclear accident among nearby residents in three countries.
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.
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.
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.
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