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G20 Summits: from Hamburg to Buenos-Aires (Germany 2017-2018 Argentina): Quid of a Global Rail Net ?

Written by ACM
Friday, 07 July 2017

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*Hamburg/G20 Summit/Angelo Marcopolo/- An Exceptional, Unprecedented Day of Total Transports Blackout, as far as the 2017 "G20" Summit in Hamburg (Germany) is concerned, looks ...Ideal in order to Dream for its exact Opposite:


=> I.e. the creation of a Global Railway Network, particularly on this Occasion of the Next, 2018 "G20" Summit, scheduled, for the 1st Time in History, at a Latin-American Country, and even Argentina : ...Twice "at the Other Side of the World" !


Indeed, a Very High Speed (TTGV in the Original in French) Train, already Able to reach about 600-700 km/h, exists since many years (f.ex. since 2007 in France), as "Eurofora" witnessed, f.ex. in an Exhibition organized in Strasbourg as Early as back on 2007-2008, along the Franco-German Rhine River's borders, on the occasion of the Official Opening of the 1st Paris - Strasbourg "TGV", an "Only" 350+ km/h High Speed Train.


And, since Today, Hamburg's Total (Public and Private) Transport Blackout, unexpectedly imposed, without any previous warning, (and even with a Misleading Official Info for "G20" Summit Journalists, which had "strongly advised" to use "Only Public Transports" in order to come and go around the International Media Center, while they finaly proved to be Unusable), Obliged us to ...Walk, (even overNight or during a torrid Heatwave, and with Heavy Luggage, withOut Time to Sleep, but with a Leg suffering from Pains, and using Crunches : i.e. too Slowly, and withOut a Detailed Map of the City), for More than 1 Hour, just to move ...between an Hotel and the IMC, almost the Same Time needed with a TTGV/VHSP to go ...from Paris to Berlin (!), ...Dream for a Better Future, was the only way Not to Think about the dire current situation...


Thus, World-Famous Science-Fiction Writer Jules Verne, from France, with a Landmark short but imaginative Novel about a Future City well Linked to Local, Regional, National and Global Networks of Innovative High Speed Transports on the Ground, (Airplanes, Rockets, Spacecrafts and UFOs excluded), was, in the present circumstances, a pretty Handy Inspiration...


But the Best Symbol of our Times was, surprisingly, ...Right Here : I.e. at this, exceptionaly Immobilized Hamburg City itself !


Simply because Hamburg (with its Neighbour City of Druisburg) already is a Trans-Continental, Eur-Asian Terminal Hub for EU - China Railway Transports, officialy inaugurated just a few years ago : Since 2013, on the occasion of the 1st Visit to Europe by the current Chinese President Xi Jiping.


Already, this can go, Directly, as far as to Link EU's Hamburg/Druisburg (i.e., practicaly from the Northern Sea/Atlantic Ocean), up to China's Shanghai, and/or Russia's Vladivostok (i.e. almost at the Pacific Ocean), - passing though 2 Different Roadmaps : via Russia-Kazakstan, or all the way via Russia's Siberian area - which is quite a bit...


"Eurofora"s co-Founder had already conceived and suggested, a Long Time ago, to the French Authorities, the Creation of a PanEuropean, "Madrid - Paris - Berlin - Moscow", High Speed Speed Train (TGV) Network, as Early as Since 2004, on the occasion of an Official Inauguration at Strasbourg's Euro-Fair, soon followed by a landmark, Historic "Quadrilateral" Summit, bringing Together, precisely, Spanish, French, German and Russian Top Leaders, (i.e., by a coincidence: exactly as we had suggested), at Elysée Palace in Paris, organized by the Experienced former Long-Time President Jacques Chirac on March 2005.


+ Later-on Chirac's Government even went as far as to Establish a Joint Branch Company between France's "Alsthom" (the Builder of Famous "TGV") and its Russian counterpart, which, obviously, went exactly in the Same Direction of that EU - Russia Cooperation on High Speed Train Networks that we had initialy suggested.


(It was almost, during he same period of time, as, mutatis-mutandis, also for the Idea - initialy provocative, but afterwards effectively realized - to use Russian "Soyouz" Rockets in order to Launch Satellites at French Gyuanne's "Kurur" Space-Port, which, meanwhile, became also EU's Space Launching area : Our Initial Publication, elsewhere at the Web, had been simply Titled, with a Short, but substantial Headline : - "Soyuz at Kuru ?!").


But, if, Nowadays, you can already Go by Train from Spain all the way up to China's Shanghai and/or Russia's Vladivostok, (Comp. Supra), then, what could and should Follow, (from the point of view of the Above-mentioned "Dream" on the eventual Creation of a Global Railway Network : GRN, Comp. Supra), is quite Obvious :


=> It's enough to Cross over the Bering Straight, between Russia (Siberia) and USA (Alasca), from one side -f.ex. by Building a Bridge, as between Denmark and Sweden, or Crimea and mainland Russia, etc, either an UnderGround Tunnel, as between France and the UK, etc. - and over Gibraltar Rock, between Spain and Morocco, att the Other side, (much More Easy).


Then, the Way is theoretically Open in order to Advance, sooner of later, (naturaly using, at least at the Beginning, also the PreExisting Local Rail Networks), towards Johannesburg, in South Africa, and up to ...Patagonia, in Argentina, i.e. at the 2 Opposite Ends of that Huge Land area which is Formed by the 3 Biggest Continents of the World : African, European and American.


Australia and all Other Parts of the World, could, naturaly, be Linked into the main "Backbone" of such a possible Global Railway Network (GRN) by various transversal Lines, mostly vertical or diagonal, but also horizontal, according to needs and possibilities.


If and When such a Dream might succeed to be realized, then, it would, obviously, be Simple and Easy to just jump into a Train at Hamburg (Germany), and afterwards get out at ...Buenos-Aires (Argentina), Linking directly the 2 "G20" Summits' Host Countries of 2017 and 2018 (Comp. Supra).


From a "Timing" point of view, already, the EU - China TransContinental Railway Network, which exists since Recently (Comp. Supra), reportedly takes about 6 Days to fully cross, from one End to another, (through Kazakstan). A Longer, entirely Trans-Siberian Railway link, (i.e. more Simple to cross, and Arriving up to Vladivostok, Shanghai, etc), already existing too, reportedly needs 8 Days now.


=> So that a Fully Global Railway Network (GRN), as the one Evoked by the Frontline Heading's simplified Design on a World's Map, the we published Supra, should, apparently, take, approximatively, something between 21 and 30 Days (Less than a Month) to cross Entirely, according to the average Low Speed Train links used in that pre-existing example.

Naturaly, a more or less High Speed Train (TGV) Network, theoretically possible to Build progressively, may Shorten these Timeframes Down to approximatively something around 12 or 23 Days (for a Full Trip, all along the Longest line). And a "Very High Speed" Train (TTGV) link (Comp. Supra), might arrive to do the same in, approximatively, about 9 or 15 Days, all for all : i.e. allmost Similar to Today's, already Existing Hamburg/Druisburg - Shanghai Railway link, (Comp. Supra), but then, it would be Really "Global", accross the whole World !


Why do that, when much Faster Airplanes exist, able to cross such Distances in 1,5 Day, instead of 1,5 Week ?


- First, simply Because most Merchandises, for Imports and Exports, (particularly Global), notoriously canNot be Transported by an Airplane, and clearly Need a Ground-based, Solid, Big and Spacy Train Network.

Otherwise, Ship transport may take Much Longer : F.ex., reportedly 10 or 14 Days by Train, compared to  "up to 45 Days" by Ship, from Hamburg to Shanghai.


- Second, because with the Recently Growing, Deadly Islamist Terrorist Attacks cowardly Targetting Innocent Civilian People, an Airplane is much more Difficult to Secure, Saveguard and/or, particularly Rescue, than a Train, (where, f.ex., adequately prepared and Efficient Interventions may either prevent or, especialy, alleviate, at least partialy Save, and/or Restore a Normal Situation).


- Thirdly, because People would be Thrilled to become Able to Travel from one End, to another End of the Earth, while also fully Crossing through the 4 Biggest Continents of the World, ...without having to even get out from their Seat, Table, Family/Group Compartment, and/or Wagon/Bed at all !  And, this, while they Can always See and/or Discover, from their Windows (and/or even by, eventually, Seizing the Opportunities offered by several Stops, as well as Other, Transversal InterLinks) the Beauties and/or Original Characteristics of Every Country, every City or Landscape crossed... Something practicaly Impossible with an Airplane.


As for the Timeframe, No Problem : F.ex., do you want to Waste all your Summer Holidays Limited only in 1, more or less Dull Spot alone, or do you Prefer, instead, to get a Chance to Discover ...30 or 40 New Countries accross the 4 Biggest Continents of the World, (during that Same Time of 1 - 1,5 Month, i.e. in just 1 Summer) ?


All accross such a Long and Flexible Line, People can Imagine, Offer and Organize a very Large and Variable Spectrum f.ex. of Different Touristic "packages", (going from "Super Luxe" to "Business" or "Family", up to Groups, Couples or Individual Travellers, "Night" Travels, Partial or Full Crossings, various Possibilities of Inter-Connections, etc), of All Kinds of Utilisations and Prices, that a more or less Long Series of Train Wagons with several Parts each, can much More Easily allow, that 1 Airplane alone...


- Fourthly, because almost all Airplanes provoke Big Noises and Air Pollution, as well as Climate CO2 Degradation, while, on the Contrary, Railways (particularly Electric and/or Electro-Magnetic, etc), are much more Environment and Climate-Friendly.

+ Last, but not Least : Fifthly, an eventual Future "GRN" will Not Only Add plenty of New Possibilities, partly Cited Above, but it will Also Accelerate, considerably, the Functionning of the Already Existing Railway Networds : By Offering a well and simply Organized General "Backbone" Architecture, more or less, progressively Speeded up by Stimulating the Addition and Accumulation (accross 1 Strategic, Trans-Continental Line) of "TGV", "ICE", "Thalys", and various Other "High Speed Trains", and/or even "TTGV" or "Very High Speed Trains", etc., naturaly, it will Also Shorten the Time needed in order to reach various Other Destinations, served Partly by Transversal InterSections or Links, and Partly by the Main Line of such a "GRN", all around a Wider Area.

>>> After all, "G20" Summits weren't they Created, back then on 2008, in order to Boost Economic Growth, by International Cooperation and Innovation ?


A whole Decade Later, from 2008 to 2017/2018, it's Time to present (or, at least : Start Dreaming of) a brand New and concrete, really "Global" Project, undeniably able to do just that...  


And, precisely, the current "Hamburg - Buenos Aires"/"Germany - Argentina" Symbolic and Practical "2017-2018" Coincidence, is obviously Timely for such a "GRN" Project, as a simple Look at the Map easily shows.

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Now, the Time has come, our Clock Warns : Back to Grassroots Realities...


- Let's get those Crutches, grab that Heavy Bag, wear a Hat against the Heatwave's "burning" Sunlight, and Start again to Slowly and Painfuly Walk, Walk, and Walk, bit by bit, Slaloming Carefuly Between Groups of "Demonstrators" and/or Closed Lines of Policemen, Barricades, Road Blockades, Broken Glass, etc., often Inevitably Stopping to take a Breath and/or Ease the Sufferings of a Horrible Pain at one Leg, Wipe the Drops of Sweat in an Exceptionaly Hot Atmosphere, so that our Eyes can clearly Look Ahead, all along the 1,5 or 2 Km never finishing, Long Avenues, may be more, (and the 1,5 or 2 Hours, in such Exceptional Conditions : Comp. Supra) which Separate our Hamburg's Hotel (not far away from "Ibis") from the "G20"'s International Media Center, (where even a Supplementary "Zig-Zag" has to be made by Journalists, since the Local Police decided to fully Close all the final Road, and even Add an ...Artificial, Metalic "Bridge", with 2 Long but Narrow and slipery Staircases, in order to simply ...Cross that Street !), Wait again at a Quew, Repeat a, (sometimes Too Long or even uselessly Blocked), Time Consuming "Security Check", Walk along +250 m. or More, until to Find, at last, a Long Mecanic Chair (since Nobody Knows if and where might be any Lift at all, inside a 500-600 m. Long Building with 3 Floors !), just to Rush, Urgently, to Find where might be that Mysterious "Briefing Room", where 2 Exceptionaly Important Press Points might, eventualy, be still taking place, ...Only to Discover that, Unfortunately, ...Both had Finished, just a Few Minutes ago !

Never seen Before, in More than 23 Years of well active Experience in European/PanEuropean/International Press work, including a Big Number of Summits, also in Germany and elsewhere in Europe and the World (+9/1993-2017) !

After all that, we can always ..."Dream" at least.  


- No ?


Ah, that Book of Jules Verne (comp. supra) !  What it has to do with this "G20" in Hamburg ?



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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

    It's enough to have seen a popular open air mass, at Warsaw's center, with many thousands of people, old and young, simple workers and intellectuals mixed together, with references to Poland's history and struggles for survival and liberty, through various ages, (as fex. that organized at the eve of CoE's 2005 panEuropean Heads of State and Government for the beatification of late Pope John-Paul II), in order to understand what such symbols mean..

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

- "Concerning Enlargement, there's always the same rules : There have to be Criteria, which have to be respected if a Country wants to join the EU", he started to simply reply.

- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

On the contrary, speaking recently to "EuroFora" he strongly supported the idea for an EU - Ukraine cooperation, fex. between Airbus and Antonov, in order to build a  less costly but more performant than the old and problematic A400M, new Military Transport Airplane : - "They (Ukranian Antonov Company) can certainly do it. I'm sure they can. It's a good Idea, and I'd be glad if it was done", he told us. (See : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/airbusantonov.html )


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