Nuclear energy is a contentious issue in Europe
Swedish parliament narrowly reverses ban on new nuclear power plants
Sweden's parliament has paved the way for the replacement of old nuclear reactors in the country. But with the opposition staunchly opposed and elections months away, the debate over nuclear power is far from over.
Sweden's parliament on Thursday narrowly passed a government proposal to begin replacing old nuclear reactors in the country by the start of next year.
The close vote, 174-172, officially reversed a 1980 national referendum that ordered the phasing out of nuclear power in the Nordic country by 2010. The referendum's plan was later abandoned by officials, who were struggling to find an environmentally-friendly replacement.
Sweden currently has 10 nuclear reactors, providing about 40 percent of national energy demand.
Critics say expansion of nuclear energy will hurt the renewable alternative energy market, while the supporters of the government plan argue nuclear power is a viable, low-carbon option.Read more > DW.World