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  Belgium’s nuclear feud threatens to split ruling coalition
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Oct 13, 2021 02:53pm
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AuthorBarbara Moens and Camille Gijs
News DateMonday, October 11, 2021 03:50:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionAnother government crisis looms in Belgium — this time over nuclear power.

The government is set to decide next month whether to go ahead with a plan to shut down all nuclear reactors by 2025 or prolong the lifespan of the two newest reactors.

But the seven-party coalition is deeply divided on the issue, with some warning the government could implode if the fight escalates.

It's also a make-or-break moment for the Greens, who are in charge of the energy file and in government for the first time since 2003.

Tinne Van der Straeten, the Green energy minister, is calling on the government to move ahead with its plan to shut down Belgium's remaining reactors — a position that's in line with the party's anti-nuclear agenda and that she has defended as consistent with the country's long-term climate goals.

But her suggestion to build new gas-fired plants to replace part of the nuclear capacity before relying fully on renewables isn't going down well with other parties, especially as natural gas prices soar across Europe.
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