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Austria refuses to be bullied by UK over its opposition to subsidies for nuclear power

David-&-GoliathAustria Says It Won’t Be Intimidated by U.K. in Nuclear Dispute, Bloomberg,  , 12 Feb 15— Austria said it won’t be cowed by alleged British threats over plans by the government in Vienna to contest state subsidies for a new nuclear-power plant at Hinkley Point in southwest England.

“We won’t let ourselves be intimidated,” Austrian Environment Minister Andrae Rupprechter said late Wednesday on Twitter. “No subsidies for atomic power.”

Tensions between Austria and the U.K. flared this week over the $26 billion European Commission-approved subsidy for Hinkley Point. British officials allegedly threatened Austria with retaliation if it appeals the subsidies, according to Austrian diplomatic cables leaked this week in Vienna.

 Austria’s coalition government still intends to challenge the subsidies, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Thursday, while declining to discuss the cable.

“The U.K. will take every future opportunity to sue Austria in areas that harm or that have strong domestic political implications,” read the cable, written by Austria’s embassy in London, a copy of which was published by the newspaper Kronen Zeitung. “The U.K. has already begun to elaborate countermeasures.”……….

February 14, 2015 - Posted by | EUROPE, politics international, UK

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