German lower house backs nuclear power exit by 2022

BERLIN, June 30 Thu Jun 30, 2011 7:30am EDT

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BERLIN, June 30 (Reuters) - Germany's lower house of parliament overwhelmingly approved an exit from nuclear energy by 2022, backing a U-turn by Chancellor Angela Merkel driven by Japan's Fukushima crisis

Opposition lawmakers from the Social Democrats (SPD) and Green Party joined deputies from Merkel's centre-right coalition in supporting the measure on the third and final reading of the government's nuclear exit bill.

(Writing by John Stonestreet)