Demonstrators across Germany are calling for an immediate end to nuclear power after an official commission recommended a decade-long phase out. Some members of the government are concerned about the economic impact.
More than 100,000 demonstrators took to the streets in 20 cities across Germany on Saturday to call for a rapid end to nuclear power, even as a government-sponsored national commission is expected to recommend that Berlin abolish nuclear energy within a decade.
A man wearing a protective suit carries a flag reading 'nuclear power? no thank you!' during a demonstration against nuclear power in Berlin, Germany, Saturday, May 28, 2011. Thousands of people have staged protests in several German cities, demanding a speedy end to the country's use of atomic energy. Words on demonstrator's hat read, ' Switch Off, Now'. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer) The Ethics Commission is set to announce the results of its final report on Germany's energy future, calling for nuclear power to be phased out by 2021.
Chancellor Angela Merkel had tasked the commission with forging a national consensus on how to replace nuclear power with renewable energy in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear catastrophe in Japan last March.