Dresden (dpa/sn) - Saxony's Economics Minister Martin Dulig has signaled openness to a short-term extension of the lifespan of nuclear power plants. "I am for pragmatic solutions," the SPD politician told the "Spiegel". "If the stress test shows that it makes sense to leave Isar II on the grid for six months longer, then you can talk about it." But what annoys him about the debate is that the Union is suggesting that the energy crisis can be solved in this way. That is not the case with a six percent share of nuclear power in the electricity mix.
Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) has also spoken out several times in favor of allowing the three remaining German nuclear power plants to run beyond December 31 of this year. The CDU, Greens and SPD form the governing coalition in Saxony. The Greens Deputy Prime Minister Wolfram Günther had expressed a negative opinion. In the meantime, the federal government has commissioned a new stress test for the security of the electricity supply.