German politicians are arguing about the shape of the new energy policy. The outcome of this discussion will affect Germany’s stance on the European Union’s energy policy, German economic potential and its possibilities for exporting electric energy.
The government’s proposal to introduce a tax on fuel used in nuclear power plants, presented on 7 June, was met with sharp criticism from many CDU politicians who fear an increase in energy prices and are calling for an extension of the period of operation for nuclear reactors. Angela Merkel’s support for the tax that heavily impacts on the sector of nuclear energy can be a signal that the chancellor is giving priority to the development of renewable sources of energy. This will determine the shape of the energy strategy for Germany that is currently being prepared.