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Nuclear tax pitches Merkel against big business

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Germany’s chancellor is sticking by her plans to introduce a tax on nuclear power despite growing opposition within her own government and the country’s business leaders.

Angela Merkel wants to raise over two billion euros a year as part of her coalition’s 80 billion euro austerity drive, but it is a contentious issue as is the very future of Germany’s nuclear industry.

Merkel faces a difficult return to government business after the summer break – surveys show that most ordinary Germans oppose nuclear energy while business leaders are in favour.

The latter have written an open letter calling on her to make good her promise to extend the life of Germany’s nuclear power stations putting her at odds with many voters.
The tax plan is set to fan the flames of the nuclear debate.