The continued operation of the German nuclear power plants is apparently getting closer. As the “Handelsblatt” reports, the first results of the stress test ordered by Economics Minister Robert Habeck have been sent to the ministry.
The result according to the newspaper: the continued operation of two of the three remaining German nuclear power plants would make sense in two of the three scenarios tested. Only in the best-case scenario would continued operation have no positive effects. In the worst case, however, a “worst case that one does not want to imagine” threatens if the nuclear reactors are shut down as planned at the end of the year.
The companies carrying out the test – 50Hertz, Amprion, Tennet and TransnetBW – are said to have sent the results to the ministry on Wednesday. When asked by the “Handelsblatt” it only said: “There is no final stress test result; so there are no conclusions.” However, the newspaper quotes a high-ranking official who says: “There is much to suggest that there is no getting around it”.
A cheap local transport ticket for the whole country and a significant tax cut for fuel expire on Thursday. At German petrol stations, prices are skyrocketing: diesel sometimes costs more than 2.40 euros. In the past two weeks, prices have continued to rise.
The airport chaos in Germany should pick up speed again. Lufthansa pilots are on strike on Friday, September 2nd. According to the “Vereinigung Cockpit” union, the reason for this is failed collective bargaining. All important developments at the airports here in our new ticker.