The French energy corporation Framatome operates the German nuclear fuel facility in Lingen through its subsidiary Advanced Nuclear Fuels. Two years ago, the state-owned French energy company EDF attempted to collaborate with the similarly state-owned Russian nuclear energy group Rosatom in a joint fuel element production venture, but those plans were scuttled following the Russian invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Framatome launched this joint venture in France, but still intends to produce fuel elements for Soviet-designed nuclear power plants in Lingen, Eastern Germany, with Russian help. Franza Drechsel and Horst Hamm spoke with scientist Vladimir Slivyak and anti-nuclear campaigner Matthias Eickhoff about why French state-owned companies are enriching Russian uranium on German soil and what implications it has for the environment, the energy grid, and European geopolitics.
The Nuclear Free Future Awards will be continued in cooperation with Claus Biegert, co-founder of the NFFA, Beyond Nuclear (USA) and IPPNW (DE).
Turkey's first nuclear power plant is due to be connected to the grid soon. We asked Özgür Gürbüz, co-founder of the Turkish environmental protection organization Ekosfer, how the Turkish public perceives the entry into the nuclear age.
Interview: Horst Hamm
When reforming the electricity market in Europe, the EU Council of Ministers decided that new and existing nuclear power plants may be subsidized by the state. Anti-nuclear activists in France are protesting against this decision. They are now hoping that the EU Parliament will stop the plans.
Anthony Lyamunda from Tanzania, Libbe HaLevy from the USA, Cécile Lecomte from France and Malte Göttsche and Irmgard Gietl, both from Germany, were awarded the Nuclear Free Future Award last year. You can meet the award winners in a Zoom meeting.
Almoustapha Alhacen on the situation of uranium mining after the military coup in July 2023.
Interview: Franza Drechsel and Horst Hamm
August 6 marks the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. The organization Humanity for Peace calls on anti-nuclear initiatives and peace groups to participate in the worldwide peace action.
Anthony Lyamunda from Tanzania, Libbe HaLevy from the USA, Cécile Lecomte from France and Malte Göttsche and Irmgard Gietl, both from Germany, were awarded the Nuclear Free Future Award last year. The award winners present their work in a short film.
After the German, English, Czech, French and Italian editions, the Nuclear Free Future Foundation, together with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, the environmental foundation Greenpeace and the Turkish NGO Ekosfer, has now also realized a Turkish edition.