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Germany Wrestles With Dependence on Russian Fossil Fuel

  • Government prepared to consider coal embargo as first response
  • Oil and gas are harder to replace in economy relying on import
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Germany is preparing to take a leap into the unknown as Europe starts to get serious about weaning itself off Russian fossil fuels. 

The government signaled on Tuesday that it will consider a coal embargo, joining partners in the European Union who proposed the ban in response to reports of apparent war crimes by Russian forces in Ukraine. Germany could rid itself of Russian coal before the end of the year, Economy Minister Robert Habeck said.