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Germany: Steinmeier given 'last lump' of German black coal to be mined02:30

Germany: Steinmeier given 'last lump' of German black coal to be mined

Germany, Berlin
April 3, 2019 at 12:20 GMT +00:00 · Published

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed coal miners from the now closed Prosper-Haniel mine in Berlin on Wednesday, to receive the symbolic 'last lump' of black coal mined in Germany.

The lump of black coal will be displayed at Berlin's Bellevue Palace, the official residence of the German President, until the end of Steinmeier's term and will then be transferred to the 'House of History'.

Steinmeier also received a pick from the last mechanical coal mining machine, a statue and an honorary membership of the coal mining choir in Prosper-Haniel.

On December 21st 2018 the mine closed down and therefore represents the end of a century-old industry in Germany.

Germany remains one of the world's largest producers of brown coal or lignite, although a report from the government's coal exit commission has proposed that the country should cease to generate power form the fossil fuel by 2038.

Germany: Steinmeier given 'last lump' of German black coal to be mined02:30
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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier welcomed coal miners from the now closed Prosper-Haniel mine in Berlin on Wednesday, to receive the symbolic 'last lump' of black coal mined in Germany.

The lump of black coal will be displayed at Berlin's Bellevue Palace, the official residence of the German President, until the end of Steinmeier's term and will then be transferred to the 'House of History'.

Steinmeier also received a pick from the last mechanical coal mining machine, a statue and an honorary membership of the coal mining choir in Prosper-Haniel.

On December 21st 2018 the mine closed down and therefore represents the end of a century-old industry in Germany.

Germany remains one of the world's largest producers of brown coal or lignite, although a report from the government's coal exit commission has proposed that the country should cease to generate power form the fossil fuel by 2038.