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Germany to Keep Atomic Plants as Back-Up (5:00 p.m.)

Germany will keep two of its three remaining nuclear power plants on reserve in the event they’re needed to make up for a shortfall in electricity generation this winter, reversing a long-planned shutdown of the facilities.

“This way, we can act if worst comes to worst,” Economy Minister Robert Habeck said, adding that the government remains “committed to the nuclear exit.” The ruling coalition came under intense pressure to delay the final step in the phaseout of the country’s nuclear facilities after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine triggered a dramatic surge in energy prices.