Although Merkel has long championed a three-way mix in electrical power generation—fossil, renewables and nuclear—she has in the past been cautious in openly advocating a reverse in official government policy to phase out nuclear power by 2021.
That all changed at a top-level weekend meeting of her Christian Democrats (CDU) and its Bavarian sister-party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), in the Bavarian town of Erding.
The anti-nuclear decision, passed into law by the government of her Social Democrat predecessor Gerhard Schroeder, was "absolutely wrong," Merkel said as the meeting ended Monday.
At a joint press conference, French President Nicolas Sarkozy expressed his country's interest in partnering with Germany:
"The desire of the French is to work with our German friends to produce nuclear energy".President Bush begins his final, eight-day European tour in Germany on Tuesday. Here's hoping we don't read (or see) any more about his desires and Chancellor Merkel. Yeeshk.