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The last train for the Cinque Stelle

And suddenly, depends on Italy's fate in a railway tunnel, it is not yet there, 57 kilometers long, through the Alps in the Piedmont. The Roman government of t

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The last train for the Cinque Stelle

And suddenly, depends on Italy's fate in a railway tunnel, it is not yet there, 57 kilometers long, through the Alps in the Piedmont. The Roman government of the Cinque Stelle and the right-wing Lega argue with such fervor about the pros and Cons of the Express train link between Turin and Lyon, that, thereat, perhaps even the populist Experiment could fly in the air. In any case, one wonders in Rome just as the two parties from this number come out, without at least one of the two loses the face – and at the same time, probably a lot of voters. Most of the Five star risk.

Beppe Grillo's theory

In the center of the debate is an old project, that have internalized the Italians over the decades, with the abbreviation "Tav". The acronym actually stands generically for "Treno ad alta velocità", i.e. high-speed train. However, since the line learned leadership through the Val di Susa, Piedmont valley, of all the fast tracks in the country with the strongest local, very local coloured resistance movement, "Tav" became a Synonym for the connection from Turin to Lyon. It is intended as a part of the Mediterranean corridor, both for passengers as for Goods from Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia and Croatia to Hungary.

Savoy is at The heart of the project, the base tunnel between Susa and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne in high -, cost-8,6 billion Euro. 40 percent of the European Union, 35 percent in Italy and 25 percent in France. So it is in an agreement which has been ratified by the two countries. The French pay less for the Tunnel, because you will have to pay much more for the route to Lyon which is 150 kilometres from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne; from Susa to Turin, it is only 80 kilometers. Passenger trains between the two cities would be 30 per cent faster freight trains to 40 percent.

images: dispute over railway line at risk of the coalition in Italy

Here, the argument of the Cinque uses, the set to the top of the "No Tav" in the valley. Beppe Grillo, the founder and inspirer of the movement, touring for 20 years by Italy, and damn the "Torino-Lione". One of his jokes goes like this: "What's in it for us, that the Buffalo mozzarella comes in the future with 300 things by the mountain – is this progress?" Grillo is a critic of the Growth and slowing down theorists. The "Tav" was stylized to the matter of faith. For many activists and voters of the Cinque point in their construction is a taboo.

Today, he is still more than in the past, because the party in the past few months, many of their non-believed to be tradable, the environment has been sacrificed to political struggles, and moral principles of the whereabouts of Power. In the recent regional elections, she was punished for it hard, and soon there are new elections: in the Piedmont, and for the European Parliament. "No Tav" has become a "war flag", writes La Repubblica. The party would move away, would be nothing left. "No Tav" is certainly masses of the last train for Luigi Di Maio, the chief of the Cinque.

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The construction is already running. 16 per cent of the Tunnels are already dug. Possible a new cost-sharing are at most retouching: for example, a station is less – such things. Quite could stop the project if the Italian Parliament would dissolve the agreement with a new law. But there is not a majority: in addition to the Cinque point, no one is fast for a stop of construction. The Lega Matteo Salvini. Even in the reverse situation: Its traditional electoral base in the economically strong, entrepreneurial the North of Italy, throbbing with Power on investment, and modern infrastructure. It's her counter to that, but making a statement that the civil wage and, instead, the "Flat Tax" has been delayed.

Showdown, the Vice slowing

This week, the dispute between the two Deputy Prime Ministers has become increasingly louder, from crisis meeting to crisis meeting, no one had given way. Salvini told Di Maio, you'll see who got the longer breath. Di Maio said that he was amazed at how "irresponsible" of the colleague. The two have never even talked to each other.

And now? Time is of the essence. Next Monday, the Italian-French joint venture Determined to build the Tunnel has awarded contracts for several billion. Not, it makes losing the two countries to 813 million euros in European grants, 300 million by the end of March. Not at all, it would be now probably more expensive to build the connection: Three to four billion euros it would cost if the construction sites were closed again, and the previous money should donors be compensated. Legal hassles are not there even once in it. Actually, the train has left the station already. The Rest is communication. A newspaper suggested sarcastically, the Cinque point could give the "Tav" Yes, just a different name. And hope no one realizes it.

(editing Tamedia)

Created: 08.03.2019, 21:28 PM

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