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Money and measures dominate G8 talks

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Money and measures dominate G8 talks


Financial help for Arab countries who move towards democracy was a main talking point at the G8 summit in Deauville. Top of the aid list are Egypt and Tunisia, whose prime ministers will meet the G8 heads of state on Friday. In a move to support uprisings like those seen in the Arab Spring, the plan could see billions of euros given to countries that carry out democratic and financial reforms.

However not everyone is happy with the G8 stance of better regulation rather than a ban, when it comes to nuclear energy. Kumi Naidoo, Executive Director of Greenpeace, was not satisfied with the measures proposed:

“In terms of the nuclear safety focus of this G8, it’s too little, too late. The bottom line is, after Fukushima, we must be very clear that nuclear safety is a non-achievable outcome. The nuclear industry cannot look us in the eye and tell us honestly that actually we have a solution to the storage of nuclear waste.”

Talk at the summit of nuclear safety will not close the debate opened up by the Fukushima crisis. Answers dealing with public fears will come after the Japanese investigation, with the results due to be discussed at an international meeting in Tokyo next year.

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