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Scholz Opens Door for Extending Nuclear Power in Germany

  • Chancellor signals possibility of reconsidering plant closures
  • Political compromise may be needed for nuclear extension
The Isar nuclear power plant near Essenbach, Germany. 

The Isar nuclear power plant near Essenbach, Germany. 

Photographer: Lukas Barth/Getty Images

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz signaled that his government might consider extending the life of the country’s three remaining nuclear plants as it seeks to bolster its energy security.

“The economy minister has commissioned an intensified worst-case scenario calculation. Let’s have a look at that,” Scholz said, when asked Friday whether he might reconsider Germany’s decision to switch off the units at the end of the year.