“We will still do everything to stop this senseless project, we know that the ball is with the Federal Republic in Berlin, but the Federal Republic does not have endless amounts of money, also the Federal Republic has to apply the debt brake, and if Rheinland-Pfalz arrives as a state at another position – which we will work for – the Federal Republic will consider whether to realise the project.”
Daniel Köbler, joint leader RLP parliamentary Green Party speaking to SWR. http://bit.ly/es2jXn My translation.
For ‘Federal Republic’ read: national government (in German simply Bund for short).
Couple this with Federal Transport Minister Ramsauer’s statement yesterday, effectively disavowing the project. (See below for further info.)
In other great news – the unbelievably expensive and badly planned rail project Stuttgart 21 has had a building freeze applied until the new state government is formed.