Germany braces for huge transportation strike

ER Editor: And a sidenote – a ‘climate referendum’ held yesterday in Berlin failed to pass.

See Berlin “climate” referendum failed due to the necessary quorum – “climate neutrality” after all only in 2045. (Browsers will translate) In another Deutsche RT piece, Berlin referendum on “climate neutrality”: who is behind it?, we find Americans and other groups making large donations to this event. This all sounds similar to the 15-minute city nonsense, which Berliners haven’t bought into:

On Sunday, Berliners can vote on whether they want to live “climate-neutral” in 2030. How exactly this is supposed to work and what consequences this will have is not clear to most. According to a report by Die Welt on Saturday, many Berliners are threatened  with a “potential rent increase of three euros per square meter, due to planned building renovations”.

In addition, there are private driving bans in the inner city. The implementation of the questionable measures is estimated at 112 billion euros. A total of 1.2 million euros in donations were collected for the campaign. Of this, around 150,000 euros came from three crowdfunding campaigns run by the Hertie Foundation, Startnext and Betterplace. The Internet search engine Ecosia donated 20,000 euros. The remaining funds from private individuals and foundations account for two-thirds of the budget, totaling 820,000 euros.

The largest single donation came from the German-American investor couple Albert Wenger and Susan Danziger from New YorkThe two have lived in the USA since studying at Harvard University. In the “Big Apple” they have built up a large fortune through “venture capital deals” over the years.

Both privately and through “Wenger Danziger GmbH” and their family foundation “Eutopia”, they are supporting the referendum with a total of 425,000 euros. Critics like the authors of the Welt article take a critical view of this:

“It has a strange taste that an American foundation not only participates financially in German politics, but also donates such a large sum.”


Today there is supposed to be the biggest strike in 30 years across Germany.  A recent tweet:

Translation: Employees of the #deutschebahn (German train service) are determined. They are fighting for good working conditions and higher wages. According to statements by colleagues, in many cases #deutschebahn does not even pay the minimum wage. Good work must not be available at zero cost.


Germany braces for biggest strike in decades – Bild

The country is set to be “paralyzed” on Monday as public transport workers will reportedly protest for wage increases


Public transportation throughout Germany will come to a halt on Monday, potentially leaving the 83-million-strong nation in a state of “traffic chaos,” the Bild warned on Sunday. What is being called the largest nationwide strike in decades was organized by several powerful trade unions.

Germany braces for biggest strike in decades – Bild

All long-distance train service of the German national railway operator, Deutsche Bahn, will be completely halted because of the strike, the company said. Regional train service will be drastically reduced, while short-distance city trains, known in Germany as the S-Bahn, will also not be in operation, it added.

In seven German states – Baden-Wuerttemberg, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate, and parts of Bavaria – local transport workers will join the strike as well, meaning that all bus, train and tram traffic will likely be brought to a standstill, Germany’s Stern magazine reported.

The country’s airport association, ADV, already estimated that some 380,000 travelers will be unable to fly on Monday because of the strike. This comes ahead of the Easter holidays in Germany, which start on Monday in Lower Saxony and the city of Bremen.

Stern warned of “traffic chaos” on highways, while Bild called the planned work stoppage “the worst strike in 31 years,” adding that Germany last experienced something similar back in 1992. Stern also described it as a “declaration of war on … the country’s infrastructure providers.”

The strike is the result of demands for wage hikes issued by several major trade unions. The public services union, Verdi, seeks a pay rise of 10.5%, but no less than €500 for some 2.5 million public employees. The railway and transport union (EVG) demands a 12% wage increase but no less than €650. The unions blame inflation and rising commodity prices for the crisis.

“sufficiently high” minimum wage is required for employees with low to middle incomes to successfully weather the effects of price hikes, the head of Verdi, Frank Werneke, told Bild. “They are hit hardest by inflation. Everyone has to fill the fridge. Food prices have risen sharply, as have electricity and gas,” he argued.

Germany, along with other EU states, encountered economic difficulties last year as the bloc embarked on a gradual reduction of its reliance on Russian energy supplies. Although the EU did not ban Russian pipeline gas imports, flows dwindled significantly due to Ukraine-related sanctions and the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipeline. Earlier in March, the Ifo Institute for Economic Research warned that Germany could face a recession in 2023.




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