We've mentioned a few times that the Germans have experience a kind of buyer's remorse over their decision to phase out nuclear energy by 2020. We haven't really found a good explanation of what the Germans would have to do to reverse this - presumably get a bill through the lower and upper houses of their parliament - but Prime Minister Angela Merkel is definitely making it a campaign issue:
Merkel spoke at an election rally in Bavaria, where voters go to the polls this month. [Nuclear] Reactors account for 60 percent of the state's power and switching them off would force it to buy electricity from neighboring Czech Republic, she was cited as saying.
Now, we wouldn't be surprised to learn that Bavarians have a rivalry with the Czechs that make this pitch more potent, or at least are responsive to a nationalist plea, but we don't actually know this. What we do know is that this ban has a lot of heat on it lately and we'll be surprised if it lasts all the way to the next federal election a year or so from now - they seem to run their campaign season as long as we do.
(Well, maybe not so surprised - the current German government is a right-left coalition, a seemingly unworkable melange that will need to sort itself out before progress gets made. We'd say wherever the Green Party lands coalition-wise might determine the course of events.)
Picture of a Bavarian somewhere. When I was in Germany, my hosts made fun of Bavarians as, essentially, hicks. Just reminded me that wherever one is, there's someone nearby to tease. In New York City, it was the "bridge and tunnel" folk, that is, New Jerseyans and Long Islanders.