Nuclear causes ripples in new member states

Czech Greens warn nuclear dispute could bring down government, Lithuanian president predicts reprieve for Ignalina

The Czech Green party has threatened to bring down the coalition government in which it is a junior partner if members of the majority ODS party support amendments to an energy law that would shift ultimate power over decisions on possible new nuclear plants from the government to the parliament.

The Greens said this week that any support from government MEPs for changes tabled by the opposition for a vote next week would be tantamount to breaking a coalition agreement not to favour nuclear, according to the CTK news agency. In a speech the Czech Republic's Green environment minister, Martin Bursík, said the country should invest more in renewables and that there is "a future without nuclear power plants".

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