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Gloomy future for large projects

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HB STUTTGART. Major projects such as Stuttgart are 21 will no longer be enforceable by "Basta" decision, said Mappus. The Stuttgart-21-mediator Heiner Geissler (CDU) was right when he said that the lack of communication was the main cause of the conflict over the rail project. He added: "The implication is that large projects are also in my opinion, as it was before, no longer enforceable." CDU general secretary Thomas Strobl adding with regard to the style of government of former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD): "Basta Schroeder was not Mappus."

The FDP, criticized the assessment, the controversial rail project Stuttgart 21 was pushed through in the course of Basta policy. "The decisions to Stuttgart 21 are certainly no Basta-decisions," said the transport spokesperson for the liberal party, Patrick Döring. Hardly any German infrastructure project had been discussed in recent years as detailed as Stuttgart 21 "As part of the plan approval process were examined over 10 000 citizens of objections, in the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Parliament was 150 times to advise the Council of the City of Stuttgart over 200 times about the project."

In addition, would have taken place since the mid-90s, numerous elections in Baden-Wuerttemberg, where the proponents have a clear majority of Stuttgart 21, said Doering. "Democracy is at the end of the rule of the majority over the minority." But in future referendums could be infrastructure projects, a part of the process, "but not if the planning procedures have been completed.

Mappus said Stuttgart is in principle 21 of the question. People should also be included in regular stages: "Year after year you have people with you and explain why the project is needed, it is obviously not fully succeeded, the problem otherwise we would not now.." He can already see the next major project on the horizon, where you could use the experience of Stuttgart 21. If need be in the next 380 years, power lines down across the country to transport the renewable energy, the enthusiasm about the eco-energy will change quickly.

Geissler stated that the mediation talks between government and opponents of the rail project Stuttgart 21 were a new project that has been so ever ". That was special, that a Prime Minister with project opponents "on their level, discuss, Geissler said on Sunday evening in the ARD.

The arbitration was a clear signal that in Germany the time of the Basta-decisions was over. If a parliament have decided something, the hot long gone, that it had arrived at the people as well. "The people we no longer believe that we are able to solve the problem," said Geissler.

Again at the weekend thousands of opponents of the rail project in Stuttgart took to the streets. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), however, again made himself strong for the rail project: "We have every reason to stand up for Stuttgart 21," she said in Potsdam. For Merkel, the relocation of the station under the earth, the costs to track information about 4.1 billion euros, an important element in the European transport network.

When Stuttgart was tilted 21, came after a report in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on the train costs of more than three billion euros, the news magazine Der Spiegel puts the cost of the railway with a total Stuttgart-21 Crash in 1.4 billion euros.

Stuttgart 21 is also an issue of the "Rail Summit Baden-Württemberg". It meets Railway chief Ruediger Grube today in Baden Offenburg with Prime Minister and Environment Minister Tanja Mappus patrons (both CDU) in order to pave the way for the development of railway infrastructure in the country.

The appetite for pickles should Stuttgart Mayor Wolfgang Schuster (CDU) have passed on Monday, however. He rejected any rate by as many cucumbers 7000 Stuttgart-21 opponents and thus had the dubious assessment as "democracy Cucumber King" back. The initiative goes to the club "more democracy", the campaigning for more people and public decisions in the southwest.

7000 people were calling "sour over Stuttgart 21?" signed and joined their call for a referendum on the rail project with a cucumber for Schuster. The association wanted to distribute the cucumbers on the Monday demonstrations against the billion-dollar project. The excitement over Stuttgart 21 is not so much applies to the rail project itself, but dealing with the public will, said Reinhard Hackl of "more democracy". Especially pernicious Schuster is taken in that 2007 referendum, despite more than 60 000 signatures did not materialize.

Schuster had at that time legal grounds out into the field. Hackett said: "It is difficult to remove when the lawyers say in their citizens’ rights." It can not be that people should have a say in Stuttgart only 21 at the end, "will be painted in any color of the tunnel".

On the VZ-online networks schülerVZ, studiVZ and meinVZ Meanwhile Germany was the largest ever nationwide survey of "Stuttgart 21" instead. "Are you sure that the project Stuttgart 21 is carried out as planned?" was the question. The high activity around "S21" and the result shows clearly that the issue of moving the whole country and vote against the majority of the construction project. Of around 1.2 million subscribers are over 52 percent, or approximately 650 000 against. 26 percent, ie 325 000 to complete the project in favor of following the current plan. Approximately 21 percent say they are undecided about Stuttgart 21.