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Merkel Seeks to Preserve Jobs While Phasing Out Coal Plants

  • Germany’s coal commission must report findings coming in weeks
  • Commission looking at protecting jobs in vulnerable regions
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Angela Merkel’s commission plotting Germany’s exit from coal faces a tricky balancing act: how to stop mining and burning the dirtiest fossil fuel without whipping up more voter anxiety over job losses.

Germany’s chancellor meets with coal-state governors who sit on the commission on Tuesday in Berlin. They have until next month to explain how Europe’s biggest economy should ditch a fuel that still generates two-fifths of their electricity and gives paychecks to more than 50,000 workers.