Mining companies have been struggling with a protracted slump in commodity prices, coupled with a slowdown in China's economy.
Mining stocks only experienced a slight recovery straight after the European Central Bank's decision on March 10, 2016, on additional monetary stimulus measures to kickstart the eurozone eocnomy. This page collates recent DW content on the mining industry.
Opinions have long been divided over a gold mine in Greece. For years, advocates have talked about jobs and investments, while opponents worry about irreparable environmental damage. The government has said nothing.
Chile's government has rejected plans for a controversial billion-dollar mining project. Its reasoning: the proposed mine would disrupt marine life at the Humboldt Penguin Reserve, in particular the colonies of Humboldt penguins that breed there. Environmentalists have hailed the move a victory for nature.
Canadian mining corporation Eldorado Gold took over a number of gold mines in Greece in 2012 and invested billions of euros. The mines are stalled because the company was never granted operating permits. But Greece's courts have ruled that Eldorado has obeyed all relevant regulations. Eldorado has had enough and is suspending its operations in Greece.
Mongolia's huge deposits of copper, ore, uranium and gold, has made mining one of the biggest contributors to the country's economy today. While some Mongolians welcome the additional jobs, others fear that the growth of the mining sector could destroy their health and their environment. Now, small-scale gold miners are trying to strike a balance.