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Opel sees no alternative to closing Bochum

File picture shows a traffic light in front of the Opel plant in Bochum February 16 , 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/File

File picture shows a traffic light in front of the Opel plant in Bochum February 16 , 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/File

File picture shows a traffic light in front of the Opel plant in Bochum February 16 , 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender/File
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Workers of European carmaker Opel leave a staff meeting in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Workers of European carmaker Opel leave a staff meeting in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Workers of European carmaker Opel leave a staff meeting in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
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File photo of a worker entering a truck loaded with Opel cars at the Opel assembly plant in Bochum February 18, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

File photo of a worker entering a truck loaded with Opel cars at the Opel assembly plant in Bochum February 18, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

File photo of a worker entering a truck loaded with Opel cars at the Opel assembly plant in Bochum February 18, 2009. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
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Members of the workers council of Opel Bochum wait for a news conference after their staff meeting in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Members of the workers council of Opel Bochum wait for a news conference after their staff meeting in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Members of the workers council of Opel Bochum wait for a news conference after their staff meeting in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
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Workers of European carmaker Opel leave a staff meeting in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Workers of European carmaker Opel leave a staff meeting in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Workers of European carmaker Opel leave a staff meeting in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
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Opel Germany CEO Thomas Sedran gives a statement to media during a staff meeting of European carmaker Opel in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Opel Germany CEO Thomas Sedran gives a statement to media during a staff meeting of European carmaker Opel in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Opel Germany CEO Thomas Sedran gives a statement to media during a staff meeting of European carmaker Opel in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
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Opel Germany CEO Thomas Sedran gives a statement to media during a staff meeting of European carmaker Opel in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Opel Germany CEO Thomas Sedran gives a statement to media during a staff meeting of European carmaker Opel in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Opel Germany CEO Thomas Sedran gives a statement to media during a staff meeting of European carmaker Opel in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
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Opel Germany CEO Thomas Sedran gives a statement to media during a staff meeting of European carmaker Opel in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Opel Germany CEO Thomas Sedran gives a statement to media during a staff meeting of European carmaker Opel in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender

Opel Germany CEO Thomas Sedran gives a statement to media during a staff meeting of European carmaker Opel in Bochum December 10, 2012. REUTERS/Ina Fassbender
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