Germany has ended coal mining. The people of the Ruhr see it as the bittersweet end to an era in their history. The pits were closed not so much for environmental as for economic reasons. Mining is no longer lucrative.
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The Polish government has said closing the Turow lignite mine would result in the layoff of thousands of workers and cutting power to millions of homes. It says the Czech Republic and Germany still operate lignite mines.
Emerging economies are increasingly investing in clean power grids over polluting power plants, but many are still reluctant to quit coal.
As Angela Merkel prepares to leave office, she leaves behind a mixed legacy in terms of climate policy.
Protests by miners against the government's plans to restructure Poland's energy sector reflect strategic and political confusion. There's a lack of dialogue on energy transition policies.
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