Want the lowdown on European markets? In your inbox before the open, every day. Sign up here . Germany is getting ready to prolong the use of coal as the country seeks to reduce its reliance on Russian energy in the aftermath of Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Coal plants could run beyond 2030 — when Germany currently targets an end for the fuel — but the ultimate goal is greater energy independence through renewable power, said Robert Habeck, vice chancellor and minister for economy and energy. Robert Habeck “Energy policy is security policy,” Habeck said on Monday prior to talks with European Union counterparts. “Strengthening our energy sovereignty strengthens our security. Therefore, we must first overcome the high dependence on Russian imports of fossil fuels — a warmonger is not a reliable partner.” Germany, which gets more than half of its gas from Russia, has undergone a rapid shift […]