Photo Gallery Brown Coal Mining in Germany

A giant open-pit mining area near Cologne has already swallowed up 14 villages, but one local police officer is fighting to protect his home. He has managed to bring his case before Germany's highest court, and its ruling could have major implications for the future of brown coal mining in Germany.
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