German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to government spokesman Steffen Seibert as she arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Explosions at nuclear reactors half a... more 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks to government spokesman Steffen Seibert as she arrives at the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin on Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Explosions at nuclear reactors half a world away have put German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a tight political spot _ increasing the risk that upcoming regional elections could undermine the authority of one of Europe's most important leaders. The unfolding crisis in Japan has thrown a harsh spotlight on Merkel's nuclear policy. It has prompted her to make a hasty, if partial, about-turn on divisive plans to keep Germany's own plants open longer, and order the seven oldest reactors shut down temporarily. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Markus Schreiber
Wed, Mar 16, 2011 8:15 PM EDT