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Germany's last coal mine closes

A miners kisses the symbolic last piece of stone coal harvested from the Franz Haniel shaft during a ceremony marking the closure of the last active black coal mine in Bottrop, Germany December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

A miners kisses the symbolic last piece of stone coal harvested from the Franz Haniel shaft during a ceremony marking the closure of the last active black coal mine in Bottrop, Germany December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

A miners kisses the symbolic last piece of stone coal harvested from the Franz Haniel shaft during a ceremony marking the closure of the last active black coal mine in Bottrop, Germany December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
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The entrance to the black coal mine in Bottrop is pictured after a ceremony marking its closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

The entrance to the black coal mine in Bottrop is pictured after a ceremony marking its closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

The entrance to the black coal mine in Bottrop is pictured after a ceremony marking its closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Miner Mehmet Kalyoncu closes the Franz Haniel shaft during a ceremony, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Miner Mehmet Kalyoncu closes the Franz Haniel shaft during a ceremony, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Miner Mehmet Kalyoncu closes the Franz Haniel shaft during a ceremony, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Workers pose in front of the Franz Haniel shaft during a ceremony marking the closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Workers pose in front of the Franz Haniel shaft during a ceremony marking the closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen

Workers pose in front of the Franz Haniel shaft during a ceremony marking the closure, December 21, 2018. REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen
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An empty lorry is seen in "shaft 6", some 1,000 metres below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

An empty lorry is seen in "shaft 6", some 1,000 metres below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

An empty lorry is seen in "shaft 6", some 1,000 metres below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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A driver steers a personel train in "shaft 6", some 1,000 metres below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A driver steers a personel train in "shaft 6", some 1,000 metres below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A driver steers a personel train in "shaft 6", some 1,000 metres below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Miners leave shaft 7, some 1,200 meters below surface, September 17, 2018. 



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Miners leave shaft 7, some 1,200 meters below surface, September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Miners leave shaft 7, some 1,200 meters below surface, September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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A miner cleans his shoes with a shining machine following his shift, September 17, 2018.

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A miner cleans his shoes with a shining machine following his shift, September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A miner cleans his shoes with a shining machine following his shift, September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Marcel Pawlinka, a 24-year-old miner, stands in the coe, the change and wash house, December 11, 2018.

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Marcel Pawlinka, a 24-year-old miner, stands in the coe, the change and wash house, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Marcel Pawlinka, a 24-year-old miner, stands in the coe, the change and wash house, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Padlocks for the personal belongings of miners are pictured in the change and wash house, December 11, 2018. 
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Padlocks for the personal belongings of miners are pictured in the change and wash house, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Padlocks for the personal belongings of miners are pictured in the change and wash house, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Miners wait in a mine cage to be lifted up from shaft 6, some 1,000 meters below surface, December 11, 2018.    REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Miners wait in a mine cage to be lifted up from shaft 6, some 1,000 meters below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Miners wait in a mine cage to be lifted up from shaft 6, some 1,000 meters below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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The empty shaft 6, some 1,000 meters below surface, December 11, 2018.    
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The empty shaft 6, some 1,000 meters below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

The empty shaft 6, some 1,000 meters below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Two miners walk through shaft 6, some 1,000 meters below surface, December 11, 2018.     
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Two miners walk through shaft 6, some 1,000 meters below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Two miners walk through shaft 6, some 1,000 meters below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Historic pit lamps are seen hanging in a locker room, December 11, 2018.       REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Historic pit lamps are seen hanging in a locker room, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Historic pit lamps are seen hanging in a locker room, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Headlamps of miners are stored at a charging wall unit, September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Headlamps of miners are stored at a charging wall unit, September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Headlamps of miners are stored at a charging wall unit, September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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A miner rides on a so-called rail bicycle at shaft 6, some 1,000 meters, December 11, 2018.  
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A miner rides on a so-called rail bicycle at shaft 6, some 1,000 meters, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A miner rides on a so-called rail bicycle at shaft 6, some 1,000 meters, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Two miners are pictured at shaft 7, some 1,200 meters below surface, September 17, 2018.      REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Two miners are pictured at shaft 7, some 1,200 meters below surface, September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Two miners are pictured at shaft 7, some 1,200 meters below surface, September 17, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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Marcel Pawlinka, a 24-year-old miner poses in "shaft 6" some 1,000 metres below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Marcel Pawlinka, a 24-year-old miner poses in "shaft 6" some 1,000 metres below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

Marcel Pawlinka, a 24-year-old miner poses in "shaft 6" some 1,000 metres below surface, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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A miner walks past Saint Barbara, the Holy Helpers of the miners, at "shaft 6", December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A miner walks past Saint Barbara, the Holy Helpers of the miners, at "shaft 6", December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

A miner walks past Saint Barbara, the Holy Helpers of the miners, at "shaft 6", December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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The smoking and resting area for miners is empty at Germany's last active coal mine Prosper-Haniel, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

The smoking and resting area for miners is empty at Germany's last active coal mine Prosper-Haniel, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

The smoking and resting area for miners is empty at Germany's last active coal mine Prosper-Haniel, December 11, 2018. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
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