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The taboo of public spending at the heart of the German parliamentary elections

2021-09-17T17:12:49.028Z

REPORT - Like the endless construction site of the future Stuttgart station, the country is in dire need of green infrastructure and investment.



Special Envoy in Stuttgart

In the middle of August, part of the facade of Stuttgart Central Station collapsed onto the street, leaving a gaping hole in the wall.

This latest episode has aroused the fury of opponents of the massive Stuttgart 21 construction site, a crater that has been tearing the capital of Baden-Württemberg apart for more than ten years.

As if a giant meteorite had hit the city center.

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"It's the project of the century,"

proclaims the new mayor, Frank Nopper.

Launched in 1997, it was officially approved in 2005 and work began in 2010. Sparking fierce opposition, especially from the Greens, it has provoked more than 500 demonstrations, sometimes violent, and a referendum on ratification.

A titanic project: it involves replacing the 16 surface tracks of the old dead end station with 8 underground crossing tracks.

That is 33 kilometers to dig.

This new railway junction should allow the interconnection of a line called the European Magistrale, 1,500 kilometers long,

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Source: lefigaro

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