Germany's nuclear extension faces uncertainties

The Bundestag's support for the extension of nuclear power plants' lifespan and an air passenger tax in Germany may result in long legal battles before the country's highest court. The lower house of parliament backed the two measures on Thursday.

The coalition government does not plan to put the measures to a vote before upper house, the Bundesrat. It says they will have no effect on the budgets of German states represented in the Bundesrat. The government has lost its majority in the house.

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