September 6, 2010 / 8:19 AM / 9 years ago

Merkel confident about nuclear power extension deal

A demonstrator wearing a skull mask protests against nuclear energy in front of the Chancellery in Berlin September 5, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday she was confident her government’s plans to extend the lifespans of Germany’s nuclear power plants will not need the approval of the upper house of parliament.

Merkel told a news conference in Berlin that she was confident the Bundesrat, where her government has no majority, would not need to agree to the law to extend the lifespans of Germany’s 17 nuclear power plants.

The government agreed on Sunday to extend their lives by an average of 12 years.

Reporting by Annika Breidthardt and Erik Kirschbaum

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