Chancellor Angela Merkel seems to be unopposed in Germany at the moment. Her incorrect story about the Eurozone crisis along the lines of "Germany did it best" rather than "Germany wins at the expense of others" puts her above criticism within the German domestic context. In this guest post, Werner Sauerborn reflects on the situation of left-wing policies and trade unions in Germany with a specific focus on the conflict around Stuttgart 21, the planned new railway station for this city in the South-West of the country.
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The most paradigmatic conflict with the highest degree of mobilisation is the fight against Stuttgart 21. The planned new railway station is currently estimated to cost nearly €7 billion, but further increases are almost guaranteed. While the planned new station will actually result in a reduction of capacity, it is real estate speculation, which drives the project with plans for building a new area of offices, shopping malls and luxury apartments in the centre of the city. And yet, citizens have not given up with their resistance. Every Monday, a demonstration draws between 2000 and 3000 participants. So far, there have been 173 Monday demonstrations.
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Werner Sauerborn has worked on Unions and Globalisation and is a member of the group "Unionists against Stuttgart 21", which plays a important rule in resisting this project.