Scrambling for Raw Materials EU Plans Measures to Tackle Resource Crunch

European companies are facing serious shortages of vital raw materials. China is holding back the export of rare earths, which are needed for high-tech products. A new EU strategy paper, which has been obtained by SPIEGEL ONLINE, seeks to address the resource crunch. But critics say it does not go far enough.
A Chinese laborer at a rare earth mine: A new EU strategy hopes to combat shortages of certain key natural resources.

A Chinese laborer at a rare earth mine: A new EU strategy hopes to combat shortages of certain key natural resources.

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