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Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 27/09/2013

ECJ ruling hurts railway travel

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled on Thursday that European railway services must pay passengers compensation when delays are caused by force majeure. The ruling gives train travellers an advantage over air and bus passengers and will only further weaken railway transport, the left-liberal daily Süddeutsche Zeitung complains: "The former get compensation only after a minimum of three hours delay. So far the latter don't get anything. But this is crucial aspect of the ruling. The railway services are facing new costs that sooner or later will be added to ticket prices. This will make it even more difficult for them compete against the air and bus transport. If the EU is serious about its goal of boosting rail travel it urgently needs to start thinking about how to improve fair competition."

Süddeutsche Zeitung - Germany | 15/04/2009

German ban on genetically modified maize sends out a signal

German Agriculture Minister Ilse Aigner has stopped the cultivation of genetically modified maize in Germany. The Süddeutsche Zeitung writes: "Environmental protectionists and organic farmers can rejoice at this major victory. But for industry and research the ban comes as a severe blow. Certainly, the genetically modified maize was grown on a very limited number of fields, nevertheless the ban sends out a signal. The industry is now asking itself if green genetic engineering has any future at all in Germany. Are investments worthwhile? Aigner opens herself up to the accusation of having taken a purely political decision. Supporters of genetic engineering maintain that no serious studies have demonstrated that the maize poses a real threat. However all that argument demonstrates is that its proponent has no grasp of the problem. No one at present can assess the risks associated with the maize. Even most environmentalists will admit that. They don't claim to have proof positive of the dangers, but like Aigner they have indications of them."

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