LaRouche Movement Intervention in Denmark Sparks Renewed Maglev Debate in Germany
AprIL 17, 2007 (LPAC)--The otherwise pro-greenie Hamburg weekly, Stern, the "Time Magazine" or "US News" of Germany, has a short news item on its website, reporting straight under the headline "From Copenhagen to Arhus, in 25 minutes" that "the internet newspaper of the LaRouche Movement Neue Solidaritaet writes that the idea of a maglev project for Denmark has sparked a national debate. The Schiller Institute thinks that Denmark should play a European vanguard role for infrastructure projects. These projects are to promote the physical economy." The article gives a link to [a:href="http:\/\/www.solidaritaet.com\/";target=_blank]http://www.solidaritaet.com[/a]. Should the next printed edition of the magazine, which appears on Thursday, carry the news as well, it will reach 1.3 million readers throughout Germany, even many readers internationally.
Also interesting, is what the author of the short news item added for an internet discussion forum with readers of the item: "The LaRouche campaigns actually are not much paid attention to in the media, although they address some very interesting themes. Regrettable, since they would be a big source for controversies in politics."
This coverage coincides with renewed interest in Germany in the maglev technology, in the context of the first prototype of the Transrapid's new 09 model's arrival at the testing site at Lathen, northwestern Germany. The news is covered throughout Germany, even in as far away in the eastern-most parts at the border with Poland, where the Lausitzer Rundschau, reports on the 09 today. Attention should also be paid to the fact that some news wires are leaking the existence of an expert report compiled just recently for the Transport Ministry of Germany, forecasting a cost-benefit ratio of 2.5 for a new maglev project--like the one that is still in the planning for Munich-Munich Airport. For Munich alone, this translates into a net benefit of 2.9 billion euros. On top of direct employment and production effects of the construction of a maglev track, the report sees a broader "industrial policy benefit," involving domestic investments as well as export options.