HB ULM. Baden-Württemberg Minister President Stefan Mappus (CDU) has expressed satisfaction with the first round of mediation in the conflict over Stuttgart 21. "I found it very, very good," he said on Saturday the news agency dpa on the edge of the Annual General Meeting of Cities in Ulm. The purpose of the meeting, headed by former CDU general secretary Heiner Geissler it was to get the facts on the table, so that citizens can provide comprehensive information. "This is a success."
Mappus admitted that it would have been better, the sooner people more involved. Yet he was convinced that "the exact right way." He added: "I am among those who say that the principle of representative democracy is correct and remains correct, but in the process of decision making, citizens must be involved more."
The first substantive discussion of the Stuttgart-21-mediation in the Stuttgart City Hall on Friday had been transmitted live on a screen and on television and the Internet. Geissler sees this as a "democratic experiment". He spoke after the first round of a good start. "I have found that we can continue," Geissler said in the evening on ZDF – "heute journal". Previously, the first time representatives of the state government and the train had been sitting on one side and the opponents of the project about six billion and a half hours at a table.
Geissler said that opinions diverged on the performance of the planned deep station and the current head station far. ‘ll Continue to talk about it next Friday and then on the new line-Ulm Wendlingen. "So can we get ahead already and I also believe that one can come to a clarification of the issue," said former CDU general secretary.
A final ruling could be made but only if the arbitration had gone to six or seven weeks to the end. Geissler said there could be no new station to be invented. "But we can clarify the facts so far that it can pull each other’s political consequences and the whole conflict on a much more objective ground is."
Justice Minister Ulrich Goll (FDP) evaluated the mediation talks, contributing to making the debate. The news magazine "Focus" Goll said: "I have much sympathy for those who think this is good for Baden-Wuerttemberg Tradition: Non-talk to build," He believed that more and more people think like that.
The Baden-Württemberg’s Green party leader Winfried Kretschmann drew a positive conclusion of the talks "Civil society speaks publicly on an equal footing with the institutions, the Parliament paid their experts." He claimed that now would also have to parliamentary work and change the type of political debates: "The shape of the superficial exchange of blows between government and opposition people have had enough."
The co-chairman of the Pro Stuttgart 21, Edmund Hug said, in the "Focus" fears that "to withdraw a bit far from the region" given the continuing protests, the big companies. It called for the former IBM executive more involvement of business for Stuttgart 21 Sun expressed by large companies such as Daimler indirectly "all very positive, but it is very difficult to get one of the leading figures who speaks out publicly for the project.
On this Saturday tens of thousands of opponents and proponents of the controversial rail project to two separate demonstrations are expected. For the first time at the same time protesting the opponents away from the ruins of the north wing at the main station and the proponents of less than 500 meters on the Schlossplatz. The double-page count of 30 000 and the Pro-side with 10 000 people. To rally at the Palace Square and railway chief Ruediger Grube is expected. A meeting of both groups is not planned according to police.