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Eleven years ago, an earthquake in the Japanese city of Fukushima triggered a nuclear plant leak. The leak represented the biggest nuclear disaster since the Chernobyl incident in 1986.

The scale of the damage was enough to trigger a reaction many miles away from then German chancellor Angela Merkel. Having presided over a German economy that made use of a mixed energy model, Merkel announced that due to the persistent security risk inherent in nuclear facilities, Germany would phase out its remaining nuclear reactors by 2022...

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