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Europe divided over nuclear power after Fukushima disaster via The Guardian

Europe‘s nuclear power faultlines in the wake of the Fukushima disaster were exposed on Wednesday as Switzerland moved to phase out its nuclear power plants and the extent of British and French lobbying to water down nuclear safety checks was revealed.

The UK, with the backing of France and the Czech Republic, managed to have terror attacks excluded from a series of new nuclear safety testsordered after the Japanese tsunami led to radiation leaks from Fukushima nuclear reactors in March.

The Swiss cabinet called for the decommissioning of the country’s five nuclear power reactors and new energy sources to replace them. The recommendation will be debated in the country’s parliament, with a decision expected in June that could see the reactors go offline between 2019 and 2034.

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