In Angela Merkel’s cabinet, the atmosphere is tense. In Southeastern Germany, a nuclear plant in a rather heavily populated region is spreading radioactive gases to civilians. The scientists that work at the plant, which is privately owned and government approved, failed to stop the leak and currently reside in a local hospital outside the radiation zone. The responsibility for dealing with this issue rests on the shoulders of the cabinet. As they watch the livestream of high level radiation in Germany, the representatives remain positive regarding the situation.
Surprisingly, instead of solemn atmosphere that was expected, the cabinet promptly and confidently moved on to passing the directive “Kanye West,” which was formulated even before the crisis has happened.
The directive provides four main clauses in response to the radiation:
First, to send in environmental experts to assess the situation and search for possible solutions;
Second, to build containing infrastructure around the nuclear facility to prevent further spread of radioactive gases;
Third, to evacuate the population for within 150km of the nuclear plant, and set up strict exclusion zone for public safety;
Fourth, to provide aid to the civilians, prioritizing women and children.
This directive was passed with absolute majority, though the Harvard International Review holds doubts regarding its effectiveness. Merkel’s Cabinet might be overly positive about the situation that they are dealing with. Our institution fears that they are not taking great enough care with the containment of nuclear gases and the protection of civilians. Also, the practicality and details of relocating the population remain undiscussed, leaving potential threats to endanger the directive.
The damages that the disruption of this nuclear facility can do should never be underestimated. The many heart-wrenching precedents such as the Fukushima Accident and the Chernobyl Disaster should not be forgotten. The Harvard International Review would encourage a more serious attitude towards this crisis. We are prepared to follow up as the story unfolds.