Hands up whoever groaned with envy at re-elected German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s tax-cutting agenda. The only disagreement with her new coalition partner is how deep these should be. Even to-bed-at-10pm-Frankfurt is beginning to look appealing compared to London.
Her new government also stands united on scrapping the nuclear phase-out. Nuclear energy provides around 25% of the country’s needs.
Someone else who is sighing with envy is Lady Barbara Judge, chair of the UK Atomic Energy Authority. At a Pi Capital breakfast she spoke about one of the (many) challenges facing the industry. Namely, people. With energy security and climate change driving the need for a new generation of nuclear plants, the dearth of specialised engineers and architects is a major issue.