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We are concerned about the state of the group
The pressure to Reform, Deutsche Bahn is growing, the Federal government is dissatisfied. Already in January, the leadership of the railway to the Ministry now, for the Rapport to the traffic. Time is of the essence. Actually, the train had already been made for this year to be more punctual. the By Markus Balser, Berlin Markus Balser

Markus Balser came in 2001 to the süddeutsche Zeitung. He is a graduate of the Cologne school of journalism and a diploma in Economics and was first in the economy editorial office in Munich. In 2013, he went to Berlin and reported from there on energy and environmental issues. At the beginning of 2016, he joined the parliamentary team and takes care of to transport and agricultural policies, as well as to the Deutsche Bahn. In 2007, Balser was Nannen, together with Klaus Ott and Hans Leyendecker for the research to the Siemens bribe scandal with the Henri award. In 2008, he was a scholarship holder of the Arthur F. Burns fellowship, a guest editor of the Wall Street Journal in New York.

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The Federal government is demanding that Deutsche Bahn is a faster response to the massive problems in the German rail traffic to follow. "We are concerned about the state of the group," said Enak Ferlemann (CDU), representative of the Federal government for rail transport, the süddeutsche Zeitung. The tip rail was presented to the Board a schedule for improvements - but only until 2024. The Grand coalition it will take to long. "Must go faster", calls Ferlemann. "The railway management knows that we have to be patient. But at some point she's going to end."

Already in January, the Ministry of the leadership of the railway now, for the Rapport to the traffic. Then it will go to a new structure and the financing requirements of the railway. The Federal government also makes fragmented responsibilities and communication problems for the plight of responsible. Suggestions of employees not to come to the Board and its instructions, when the staff complains of transport state Secretary Ferlemann. There are too many corporations with their own governing bodies. "We need to change."

Also, the coalition partner SPD, the resentment grows. "Deutsche Bahn has only then a Chance, to be the most modern mobility service provider in Germany, if the individual divisions to work in the company of each other and not against each other," said SPD parliamentary group Deputy Sören Bartol.

for More strikes before Christmas, are pushing up from the table

The time. Actually, the train had already been made for this year to be more punctual. It was planned that 82 percent of the trains arrive according to schedule. But in fact, it went in the opposite direction. Only 70.4 per cent of the Intercity, Eurocity and ICE went in November to schedule a historically poor value. Technical problems with the trains pile up. Only one out of every five ICE is currently, according to railway statistics, error-free on the rails.

The railway would not comment on Sunday about the claims. Supervisory circuits also referred to the responsibility of the policy. The triggers included a year-long austerity of the current problems. A new concept for the train to stand to March. What are the proposals of the railway, presented in January, is still open. Possible about the merger of long - Distance and local transport would be a Department in a Board of Directors.

After all, spellbound is a risk of a standstill for the time being: Further strikes before Christmas, took the car and agreed on the weekend with the railway and transport Union (EVG) in the wage dispute. The solution is 6.1 percent more pay in two stages. The track after the warning Strikes from Monday in a tight spot. The mighty toe had laid in the morning rush-hour traffic nationwide trains to a standstill. Millions of commuters were affected.

But have yet to reach an agreement of the track with the smaller train drivers ' Union GDL. In addition, the rising wages will exacerbate the financial problem of the Railways. Government circles in the meantime there's a gap of almost five billion euros for the next few years - one billion euros more than in the past.

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