Germany is experiencing a sharp jump in energy prices that followed the abandonment of nuclear power after the accident at Fukushima. This country is gradually moving to renewable energy sources, while its neighbors are building new nuclear plants right on its doorstep.
After the earthquake and tsunami on the coast of Japan, which led to the meltdown of the Fukushima reactor in March last year, Chancellor Angela Merkel was not late cautions.
With the support of the general public, she immediately ordered the closure of eight nuclear plants, while the remaining will be stopped until 2022, some 15 years before the end of their service life.
At the moment, nuclear stations cover 17% of the energy needs of the country, while before that they accounted for 23%. The share of renewable energy in a matter of months has increased from 20 to 25 percent.
The German government has shifted the burden of the price for the measures with energy companies on the consumer. Every German is connected to the mains, pays something locally as Umlage, a special supplement on the development of green energy.
This week, energy companies have announced price increases by 47% next year. The average German household pays 250 euros a year for the development of green energy. This number has quadrupled since 2009.
The country has frequent power cuts, as new sources of energy behave less predictably, depending on the day cycles of sunlight and wind.
Experts estimate that an additional 300 million euros will need to invest in a distribution network over the next decade.
A recent survey showed that two-thirds of Germans are willing to pay more than 50 euros for this reform, which is significantly less than their upcoming expenses.
Of the nine neighboring countries, only Denmark, Austria and Luxembourg do not produce nuclear energy.
Poland has confirmed it will spend 12 billion euros for its first nuclear power plant. Czech Republic extends the built under the Soviet Union power and Slovakia completed the construction of its plant.
Russia is building a nuclear plant in their enclave of Kaliningrad and Belarus also plans to establish its first nuclear power plant on the western border.
France and Belgium have produced more than half of all the energy from nuclear plants.
The accident, the scale of Chernobyl, in any of these countries - which is so afraid of the anti-nuclear lobby can bring Germany no less harm than the country in whose territory the reactor.