Germany's lower house of parliament Bundestag in Berlin

Germany must time nuclear exit carefully

Germany must coordinate its exit from nuclear power with the rest of Europe, the EU Energy Commissioner has urged.

The shutdown of the nine remaining nuclear reactors and construction of replacement generation capacity must be timed to ensure stable energy provision and reduce the risk of price hikes, EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said.

Germany permanently shut eight nuclear power plants after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in Japan.

Its parliament is due to ratify a programme to close the remaining nine in stages over the next 11 years.

Energy policy mix was a matter for each EU state to decide for itself and the EU has completely accepted Germany's shift away from nuclear power, Oettinger added.

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