First Zepp-LaRouche Webcast from Berlin, Coming Just at the Right Moment
July 19, 2009 • 1:14PM

The first webcast by Helga Zepp-LaRouche, from the German capital of Berlin on July 21 (5 p.m. CET) at www.bueso.de, will address crucial issues on how to liberate the real economy from the grip of the collapsing global monetarist-imperialist system—and Zepp-LaRouche's solutions could not come at a better moment: The public transport infrastructure of Berlin is collapsing at an alarming pace just these days, in a shocking illustration of what destruction cost-cutting and disinvestment have caused.

Worsening conditions of trackbeds and other infrastructure of the electric S-Train, the core of the public transportation system in Berlin, including the conditions of locomotives and rolling stock, have led to the total collapse of vital lines. In particular, the east-west connections will, for the coming weeks if not months, be taken out of service, for emergency repair. This includes passenger service to and from Schoenefeld Airport, Berlin's main airport, located southeast of the city. All transfers for passengers will be done by buses, with the consequences for Berlin's already highly congested streets being obvious.

Via warning strikes and full-scale strikes, S-Train staff have persistently tried to alert the public about the consequences of chronic disinvestment strategy of Deutsche Bahn, which owns the S-Trains, but these protests have been to no avail. The collapse of some trains and alarming reports about the conditions on some of the lines, have prompted an intervention by the Federal Railway Authority (Eisenbahnbundesamt, EBA), which has ordered repair work on several substantial aspects, for example the wheels of the trains, so that Deutsche Bahn has to do something. Interestingly enough, the EBA decision was influenced by a train accident that killed 23 Italian citizens in Viareggio, in June.