Freedom Party campaigns against Temelin

Austria's far right Freedom Party has launched a campaign to block Czech entry into the EU. The main aim of the campaign is to force the Austrian government to veto Czech EU membership if the Temelin nuclear power plant in Southern Bohemia is not closed down permanently. The Freedom Party has launched a petition on the issue of Temelin, and party representatives hope to gain enough signatures to be able to force the government to block Czech accession to the EU. Temelin is located just fifty kilometres from the Austrian border. There are widespread concerns in Austria, a staunchly nuclear-free country, over safety standards at Temelin.