Swedish parties promise to ban new Vattenfall coal mine plans

State energy companys plans to enlarge lignite mines in Germany thrown into doubt during election debate

The coal mining ambitions of Swedish state energy giant Vattenfall have been thrown into doubt after the leaders of all eight major parties promised to ban its planned new operations in Germany.

During an election debate on Wednesday, leaders were asked if they would ban Vattenfall from expanding coal power in Germany? All eight responded affirmatively by holding up green cards.

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