Hambach is one of the biggest open-cast lignite mines in Europe. Environmental activists have taken to living in trees in neighboring forests in an effort to stop the mine's owner expanding operations.
Masked assailants have again struck at the security camp belonging to energy group RWE in Germany's Hambach Forest. Activists have occupied the area against clearance plans that would allow a coal mine to be enlarged.
A bitter row over new coal mining plans at Hambach Forest has helped the head of German energy firm RWE, Rolf Martin Schmitz, to win the booby prize. The award has been named by environment group NABU since 1993.
Ceremonies have been held to mark the end of 155 years of coal mining at Prosper-Haniel in the industrial Ruhr Valley. RWE's Hambach Garzweiler brown coal, lignite open mine continues to expand.
Police say they are close to clearing the last remaining activist tree houses from the Hambach Forest. Energy firm RWE, which wants to raze the woodland to expand its mine, says there's no way the trees will be spared.
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