Germany votes to end nuclear energy program

June 30, 2011 13:11

BERLIN - Germany's parliament looked set on Thursday to approve an exit from nuclear energy by 2022, a U-turn by Chancellor Angela Merkel driven by Japan's Fukushima crisis and described by anti-nuclear opponents as a victory.

Calling it Merkel's "Waterloo", the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) and Greens said the nuclear phase-out vindicated three decades of bitter opposition to nuclear power in Germany.

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