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German agency chief opposes nuclear extension

The chief of Germany's environment agency has come out against plans by the opposition CDU to extend running times for nuclear power stations if it wins September elections. Andreas Troge told Berliner Zeitung newspaper that prolonging the plants' operation would mean continued safety risks without significantly helping climate protection. The whole nuclear power life cycle produces "considerable" carbon dioxide emissions, he noted. Mr Troge is himself a member of the centre-right CDU, which is currently tipped to lead Germany's next government. See interview.

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