Stumped: Black Forest Conservation Gets Controversial

Stumped: Black Forest Conservation Gets Controversial

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2013

The regional Green government plans to create a national park in the northern Black Forest, much to the consternation of many locals. Although well-intentioned, the state project has unleashed a culture war. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles

Starchitect Trio: The Men Behind Germany's Building Debacles

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2013

Stuttgart's train station, Hamburg's concert house and Berlin's airport: Three projects in Germany are currently competing to be seen as the country's most disastrous. SPIEGEL spoke to the star architects behind the construction sites. more... Comment ]

Cost Overruns in Stuttgart: German Rail Admits Station Was a Mistake

Cost Overruns in Stuttgart: German Rail Admits Station Was a Mistake

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 28, 2013

An internal document shows that the German national railway is only planning to finish a massive new train station project because abandoning it would be more expensive than completing it. Executives have conceded that they would not have approved of the construction at the current price tag. more...

Losing Steam: Massive Rail Project Haunts Merkel Campaign

Losing Steam: Massive Rail Project Haunts Merkel Campaign

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2013

The bottom appears to be falling out of one of the costliest construction projects ever undertaken by the German government. Amid delays and cost overruns, government players in the Stuttgart 21 train station venture are looking for the exit door. It could become a problem for Chancellor Merkel ahead of fall elections. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Dead End in Stuttgart? Berlin Turns Away from Massive Railway Project

Dead End in Stuttgart? Berlin Turns Away from Massive Railway Project

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 05, 2013

With overruns of €2.3 billion, the German federal government says it sees no reason why it should pay the extra costs of a major railway project in Stuttgart. Officials are accusing Deutsche Bahn of providing inaccurate information. more... Comment ]

Stuttgart 21 May Yet Fail: Berlin Alarmed at Surging Cost of Rail Project

Stuttgart 21 May Yet Fail: Berlin Alarmed at Surging Cost of Rail Project

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2013

After news that a massive new train station in Stuttgart would come in at more than 2 billion euros over budget, the German government is now questioning whether the much-contested project can even be concluded. more... Comment ]

Disastrous Public Works Projects: A History of Political Deception in Germany

Disastrous Public Works Projects: A History of Political Deception in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 10, 2013

Berlin's airport debacle is turning into what seems like a never-ending scandal, with critics worrying the capital city has seriously damaged its image. But it's not the only place in Germany that has seen projects plagued by delays and exploding costs. By Florian Diekmann, Michael Kröger and Anna Reimann more... Comment ]

Stuttgart: Kuhn tritt Amt als grüner Oberbürgermeister an

Stuttgart: Kuhn tritt Amt als grüner Oberbürgermeister an

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2013

Der erste grüne Chef einer Landeshauptstadt hat den Amtseid abgelegt: Fritz Kuhn ist als Stuttgarter Oberbürgermeister gestartet - mit Vorschusslorbeeren von Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann. mehr... Forum ]

Fritz Kuhn zu Stuttgart 21: "Für Planungsfehler zahlen wir keinen Cent"

Fritz Kuhn zu Stuttgart 21: "Für Planungsfehler zahlen wir keinen Cent"

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 28, 2012

Stuttgarts neuer Oberbürgermeister Fritz Kuhn schließt Nachzahlungen für das Bahnprojekt Stuttgart 21 kategorisch aus. "Mir gäbet nix", sagt der Grünen-Politiker in einem Interview mit dem SPIEGEL. Für den Fall höherer Kosten droht er mit einem neuen Bürgerentscheid. mehr... Forum ]

The World from Berlin: 'Politicians Should Not Fear Direct Democracy'

The World from Berlin: 'Politicians Should Not Fear Direct Democracy'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2011

Bulldozers can finally dig in after opponents of the Stuttgart 21 rail project suffered a decisive defeat in a referendum on Sunday. Now, as head of the state government in Baden-Württemberg, the Green Party must complete a project to which it has long been opposed, write German editorialists. more...