Party leader of the Greens,( Buendnis 90/Die Gruenen) , Claudia Roth, delivers her speech at a party convention in Berlin Saturday June 25, 2011. In background the word Energy. Germany's Greens are ... more 
Party leader of the Greens,( Buendnis 90/Die Gruenen) , Claudia Roth, delivers her speech at a party convention in Berlin Saturday June 25, 2011. In background the word Energy. Germany's Greens are debating whether to support Chancellor Angela Merkel's government in a decision to ditch nuclear energy by 2012 in a vote that risks splitting the nation's strongest opposition party. Party leaders were pushing Saturday for delegates to support the government proposal to fully replace nuclear energy with renewable sources within the next decade. Many Greens say the plan isn't fast enough. Others fear support would hand Merkel's conservatives a victory in an issue that has defined the Greens since their founding in the 1980s. Merkel's government decided last month to shut all of Germany's 17 reactors by 2022 _ reversing a decision last year to extend their life span. The move followed Japan's post-earthquake nuclear disaster. (AP Photo/dapd/ Sascha Schuermann) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By dapd/ Sascha Schuermann
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