The last two nuclear power plants in Germany are to be shut down at the end of the year. According to Chancellor Scholz, there should be no further operation. But now Lindner opens the debate again.

According to FDP chairman Christian Lindner, Germany must also openly discuss the return to nuclear power in the energy debate.

“People expect that all options will be considered because of climate protection, dependence on Putin and inflation,” said the Federal Finance Minister of the “Bild” (Thursday). From an economic point of view, he is not yet convinced that new investments in nuclear power really pay off. “But Germany must not close its eyes to a debate that is taking place all over the world. I advise putting the arguments on the table without prejudice.”

Habeck: No path that Germany will go any further

His cabinet colleague and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) told the newspaper: “There is not much more to say about nuclear energy. The topic was examined again at the beginning of the legislature, without any ideology. This is decided by the relevant ministries – and politically as well. This is not a path that Germany will go any further.”

Only the Isar 2, Emsland and Neckarwestheim 2 nuclear power plants are still connected to the grid in Germany. They are also to be shut down by the end of the year. The economy and environment ministries had already rejected an extension of the terms because of the new situation after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Instead, the energy transition towards renewable power sources should be promoted. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) had also spoken out against the continued operation of nuclear power plants.