SPREMBERG, Germany (Reuters) – A German far-right party is using a simple message to attract voters in a mining region threatened by government plans to phase out coal: jobs are more important than the environment. The Welzow-Sued opencast lignite mine operated by Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG) is pictured in Welzow, Germany, March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Joseph Nasr Chancellor Angela Merkel’s aim to wean Europe’s biggest economy off fossil fuels is the main issue in a September election in the state of Brandenburg, where the Alternative for Germany (AfD) is almost neck-and-neck with her conservatives. “People are counting on us to stop this nonsense,” Steffen Kubitzki, an AfD candidate seeking a seat in the Brandenburg assembly, told supporters at a campaign event last month in Spremberg, a town of 23,000 near the Polish border. “We won’t get a second chance. We will go from village to village, door to door, […]