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After a 20-year political battle, Belgium was set to shut its nuclear plants in 2025 but the war in Ukraine and rising energy prices have forced a U-turn — and reignited debate across Europe over the best route to a secure, low-carbon energy future.

Christophe Collignon, mayor of Huy — whose skyline and history are dominated by the Tihange nuclear plant — said most people in the medieval city in eastern Belgium welcomed the decision to extend the aging reactor's life until 2035.

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