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German N-friendly village

Ever since the Japan nuclear crisis began last month, yellow and red badges saying "Atomkraft? Nein Danke" ("Nuclear Power? No Thanks") with a smiling sun are everywhere in Germany.

world Updated: Apr 20, 2011 01:07 IST

Ever since the Japan nuclear crisis began last month, yellow and red badges saying "Atomkraft? Nein Danke" ("Nuclear Power? No Thanks") with a smiling sun are everywhere in Germany.

But the small village of Neckarwestheim in the southwest of the country is not having any of it.

"It's not the done thing here," anti-nuclear activist Wolfram Scheffbuch said.

Neckarwestheim is home not just to one nuclear reactor, but two -Germany's oldest, in service since 1976, and its newest, up and running since 1989. And villagers are vehemently opposed to shutting them off.

"... What would be the point of shutting down our reactors if we end up importing electricity from France?" asked hotelier Elisabeth Rech.

Pensioner Maria Neubauer feels the same. "It's part of everyday life," she says.