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Delo - Slovenia | 23/08/2007

Deutsche Bahn sets its sights on Slovenia

The newspaper reacts to reports that Deutsche Bahn and the Slovenian state are negotiating the founding of a holding company to be called "DB Slovenia". It points out that Deutsche Bahn could use the company to gain considerable influence over Slovenia's logistics company Intereuropa, Slovenia's railway network operator SZ and the entire railway infrastructure. Ales Stregar speaks out in favour of the cooperation. "The modernisation of the railway infrastructure will cost at least nine billion euros - money the state just doesn't have... We won't be able to do this on our own. Therefore the state is conducting negotiations with Deutsche Bahn, whose primary interest is to gain access to Southeast Europe. There's always the fear that Slovenia could sell too cheaply. But sell what exactly ? The old network ? An infrastructure that was perhaps adequate 50 years ago? A fleet of trains that any competitor could easily acquire ?"

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