Germany outlined Monday a bold plan to rev up the number of all-electric cars on its roads from next to nothing to one million in under 10 years, helping its automakers shift into the key sector.
The German government is prepared to pay a billion euros ($ 1.4 billion) in subsidies over the next two years to help its industry develop electric cars, Welt am Sonntag newspaper said Sunday.
Twenty-five years after the Chernobyl disaster, Europe is still divided on the use of nuclear energy. But the Fukushima crisis stirred new fears that could slow down nuclear expansion.
German Economy Minister Rainer Bruederle said Friday that a switch from nuclear power to alternative forms of energy could cost Europe's top economy up to two billion euros ($2.9 billion) per year.
An estimated 200,000 people took to the streets around Germany Saturday to protest against nuclear power, upping the pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel on the eve of a critical state election.
European leaders resolved Friday to revisit safety at nuclear reactors as emergency workers in Japan suffered radiation burns and rising global fears of food contamination hit home.
(AP) -- Germany is determined to show the world how abandoning nuclear energy can be done.
Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed Thursday that Germany would speed up the transition to renewable energy as Europe's top economy mulled a "measured exit" from nuclear power after the events in Japan.
Germany's high-tech sector is expected to register solid growth this year and next, creating thousands of jobs, its chief lobby group said Monday ahead of the giant CeBIT trade fair.
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan talked up the Turkish technology industry Monday ahead of the world's largest IT fair in Germany, where Turkey is this year "partner country."