This file photo taken on Sept. 11, 2012 shows cooling towers of the Neurath lignit coal-fired power station at Grevenbroich near Aachen, western Germany. / AFP / PATRIK STOLLARZ
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A German court will rule Tuesday on whether three big energy suppliers are entitled to billions of euros in compensation over the country's decision to phase out nuclear power in the wake of the 2011 Fukushima disaster.German electricity giants EON and RWE and Sweden's Vattenfall have argued that the government-ordered shutdown of the country's nuclear plants amounts to an "expropriation" of their assets.Chancellor Angela Merkel's government decided after Japan's 2011 Fukushima reactor meltdowns to halt operations of Germany's eight oldest nuclear plants and to shutter the other nine by 2022 .Under a draft law approved in October, the firms Vattenfall, EON, RWE and EnBW would have to contribute 23.5 billion euros to a state fund for the storage of nuclear waste by 2022 .
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