Stand-off over coal mining in Germany

Riot police blocking protesters yesterday, during a rally against open-cast brown coal mining of Garzweiler, north-west of Cologne, Germany. The German city of Bonn is hosting major United Nations-led climate talks from today till Nov 17. Thousands o
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Riot police blocking protesters yesterday, during a rally against open-cast brown coal mining of Garzweiler, north-west of Cologne, Germany. The German city of Bonn is hosting major United Nations-led climate talks from today till Nov 17. Thousands of people took to the streets of Bonn on Saturday calling for the phasing out of coal as a source of power. Whether to end coal production has been one of the sticking points in coalition negotiations between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her would-be allies: the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 06, 2017, with the headline 'Stand-off over coal mining in Germany'. Print Edition | Subscribe