Germany suspends deal prolonging nuclear plants' life

BERLIN, March 14 Mon Mar 14, 2011 11:10am EDT

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BERLIN, March 14 (Reuters) - Germany's coalition government has suspended an agreement prolonging the life of the nation's nuclear power stations, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday.

Last year, her coalition agreed to extend the life of Germany's ageing nuclear plants beyond their original planned closure dates. But with Japanese engineers trying avoid a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear complex, already strong opposition to the plan in Germany has stiffened.