German nuclear phase-out talks drag on

Trittin claims industry resistance, coalition disagreements, causing latest setback for consensus talks

Negotiations over Germany's nuclear phase-out are still ongoing ten days after an end-February deadline for their conclusion (ENDS Daily 7 February). Environment minister Jürgen Trittin has blamed the delay both on industry and divisions within the governing coalition in a letter to delegates due to attend a Bündnis 90/Green Party federal congress at the end of next week.

In the letter, Mr Trittin says the main obstacle to agreement is continuing resistance by the nuclear industry. But he adds that there are also "different degrees of willingness of the coalition parties to face and deal with conflict".

More talks between junior environment and economic ministers and industry representatives are planned for next week. Meanwhile a spokesperson from power company HEW said: "One cannot put too much store by each word Mr Trittin uses before a party congress".

Follow Up:
German Green Party, tel: +49 30 284 420; Mr Trittin's letter; HEW, tel: +49 40 646 70.

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