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Germany to close last coal mine
Environment Germany is Friday say goodbye to coal mining. With an appropriate party is the last productive mine in Bottrop, in the western state of North rhine-Westphalia, closed. That happens in the presence of president Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission.

some 500 guests will witness how there are the last pieces of black gold to the top and Steinmeier hand. Then they sing the mijnwerkerslied ‘Glück auf, der Steiger kommt’ accompanied by the Ruhrkolen choir. The night before replaced by the catholic and evangelical church in the German anthracite all off with a service in the cathedral of Essen.

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coal mining in Germany, without subsidies for years is no longer profitable. Every year, there must be almost a billion euro to the price difference on the world market to clear. Also in 2019 will operator RAG, that still 3.400 man in the service, that amount is for the aftermath of the closure and to the necessary to pay.

At the peak in the fifties, it employed more than 600,000 people in the German coal industry. Now, most of the coal for the power plants, which to the dismay of environmentalists, imported.

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