Triggered by the catastrophic developments in Japan Germany undergoes an energy revolution. Friedbert Pflüger (CDU) openly speaks of a “revolution” and describes the approach of his party to back nuclear technology as a mistake.
When social democrat Philipp Scheidemann proclaimed the republic his party colleague Friedrich Ebert was furious, whether Germany would become a republic, he argued, was to be decided by a constitutional assembly, not by Scheidemann. Later Ebert became the first president of the republic. While the opposition calls for a need of a legal base the responsible minister Norbert Röttgen emphasizes the state of exception. Exceptional are the events in Japan but no nuclear victims so far and radiation levels are not spectacular, in particular compared to the earth quake/tsunami crisis. Today the Chinese Emperor made a highly unusual TV appearence, developments in the reactors appear to worsen.
David Crossland finds Germany cripples itself with nuclear angst.
Merkel has pandered to irrational fears, sacrificing her energy policy to secure her political future. A stronger leader would have told the nation to stop whining and get real, for its own sake.