Nuclear peace gone: Lindner provokes coalition partners before Epiphany meeting
Created: 01/05/2023 13:54
By: Jens Kiffmeier
Nuclear power should remain: Before the FDP Epiphany meeting, Christian Lindner insists on extended nuclear power plant operating times - and fuels a dispute with the Greens.
Berlin – switch off yes.
But later: The FDP does not give up in the dispute over nuclear power in Germany.
Shortly before the traditional Epiphany meeting in Stuttgart, the Liberals are insisting on an extended term for the three remaining kilns - and are thus provoking trouble within the coalition.
Because while the Greens want to stick to the exit in April, the matter is not yet settled for the Liberals.
From their point of view, the danger of supply bottlenecks in Germany is by no means averted.
Nuclear power is supposed to help.
Before the Epiphany meeting in 2023: FDP shakes the compromise on nuclear power - Lindner for longer terms
"We have to realize that the winter of 2023/2024 may be even more challenging than the winter of 2022/2023 because there are still considerable amounts of Russian pipeline gas in our gas storage facilities," warned FDP energy politician Konrad Stockmeier in the
in cooperation with
These quantities will “definitely not be available next winter”.
That's why you have to think about all the options, demanded the Liberal, who enjoys the support of his party leader.
Because Christian Lindner also wants to keep the nuclear power plants (AKW) longer on the grid.
Are divided on the question of nuclear power: Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens).
© Bernd von Jutrczenka/Armin Weigel/dpa/Montage
The FDP has been shaking the nuclear compromise for days.
Actually, the three reactors Isar 2, Neckarwestheim 2 and Emsland in Lingen, Lower Saxony, should have been switched off at the end of the year.
But in view of the energy crisis in the wake of the Ukraine war, a political debate had flared up about allowing the power plants to run in a kind of emergency mode.
The Greens had resisted this for a long time, but Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) finally put his foot down and pushed through continued operation until April 2023.
Nuclear energy remains a bone of contention: Christian Lindner (FDP) dissatisfied with the coalition before the Epiphany meeting
One day before the Epiphany meeting in 2023, FDP party leader Christian Lindner was dissatisfied with the timetable.
He would have wished "that more was possible," said Lindner of the
with a view to the exit date.
Because he remains convinced "that we should continue to use nuclear energy temporarily in times of crisis".
Instead of worsening Germany's CO₂ balance with more coal-fired power, it makes sense to draw up an emergency plan and give nuclear energy a second chance.
At the same time, Lindner took up the suggestion that a commission of experts decide on the nuclear issue.
According to Lindner, this could solve “party tactical dilemmas”.
But the coalition partners do not like sticking to nuclear power.
While the Greens are becoming increasingly irritated and Economics Minister Robert Habeck has already tried to declare the debate over, there are few in the SPD in favor of extending the terms again.
The risks are far too high, Bundestag President Bärbel Bas (SPD) recently warned.
Therefore, one should “definitely leave it at the last extension until April 2023”.
Epiphany meeting 2023: FDP wants to raise its profile in coalition with debate about nuclear power
But just leave it - that is out of the question for the FDP.
Because the stakes are too high for the liberals.
In 2023, some state elections are on the agenda with Hesse, Bavaria, Berlin and Bremen.
In the past year, the party has only suffered defeats.
This should not be repeated.
That is why quite a few within the FDP are demanding that Lindner should assert himself more with liberal positions in the traffic light coalition.
The departure signal is to emanate from the Epiphany meeting.
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Fancy a journey of discovery?
In a position paper published by the party's top candidates on Wednesday, the initiation of a turnaround is called for.
How is that supposed to work?
The authors have a clear opinion on this: fracking, reducing income tax and: a clear edge against the nuclear phase-out.
The party leader sees it similarly, as recent statements show.
And so it can be assumed that the FDP will not rest in the matter of the nuclear dispute even after the Epiphany meeting.