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Germany’s plan to scrap coal as a power-generation fuel is off to an inauspicious start with the scheduled opening of a new plant set to spew greenhouse gas pollution for almost two decades.

Protesters are already preparing to disrupt the opening of Uniper SE’s Datteln-4 plant in June and could turn the utility into the latest flashpoint in Germany’s increasingly fractious debate about the fossil fuel that still generates about a third of the country’s electricity.

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