The German and Colombian governments both have detailed decarbonization strategies to take on climate change. Still, the real beneficiary of this green transition is actually based in Switzerland. Almost a year ago, when Gustavo Petro and Francia Marquez were on the verge of their election victory in Colombia, they made a historic promise to their voters during the election campaign.

The program of the left-wing Historic Pact for Colombia, a political and electoral coalition, stated that the South American country would phase out fossil fuels under their leadership. The then environmental activist and current Vice President Marquez drew attention to the El Cerrejon coal mine with a Twitter post.

It is precisely from this mine that Germany has been getting coal since the start of the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine to partially compensate for the loss of Russian gas supplies and the embargo on Russian coal imports.

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