A single newspaper report about German energy policy managed to cause a stir – but only in Germany. Was it a case of media hype – or did the EU backpedal after an unexpectedly strong reaction from Germany? German daily paper, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung on Friday reported that the European Commission was working on plans that would mean a turning point in its energy policy. According to the paper, the Commission was planning to allow state subsidies for the construction and operation of nuclear power plants. There was no official Commission paper, but the newspaper insisted it had a copy and the Commission would present its plans after the political summer break.