I demand a pan-European train booking platform in addition to high taxes on CO2.

It is too difficult to book a train connection covering more than a single country, I think the Council of Europe could do some good here.

Council of Europe, because it has 48 member states and I'd like a booking platform for 48 countries.

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@DC7IA The council has relatively little direct power over members, it cannot make binding directives unlike the EU institutions
@DC7IA My dream project:

1. Renationalize railways (privatizing them was a huge mistake from the beginning)

2. Introduce tax-funded public transportation, with personal tickets being free at point of use

3. Unify the nationalized railways under a single EU institution, like happened with national banks for the Euro (forming the ECB)
@DC7IA Problems with this approach:

1. How to handle pricing and income generated from cargo transport (countries are very resistant to EU-wide accounting for various reasons)

2. How to get the Swiss and Norwegians to finally join the EU instead of keeping their "we want to be special" rules

@elomatreb @DC7IA 3. how to get the neolibs who run literally every single large country in the EU to even hear the world nationalization and not run screaming

@wxcafe @DC7IA At least in Germany people are starting to realize how much of a fuckup the Deutsche Bahn privatization was (it's making huge losses, has terrible service, and a massive backlog of necessary infrastructure modernization). It's also still completely owned by the state (indirectly through the KfW state investment bank), so renationalizing isn't as huge a task as in other countries

@elomatreb @DC7IA @wxcafe

even the UK's rail infrastructure (if not all the train companies) got renationalised and every so often a UK train company fails and *does* get run by the DfT even if only temporarily..

Also in Luxembourg telecom services still come from the PTT which is owned by the govt (ironically in one of the richest countries in the EU, if not a large one), so there are ways of doing this without breaking any EU legislation..

@vfrmedia @elomatreb @DC7IA @wxcafe and the privatised rail companies are in many cases at least partially state-owned, just by foreign states.

@wxcafe @elomatreb @DC7IA

indeed, it was originally a full privatisation but the network got so bad there was a crash due to faulty infrastructure and Railtrack got renationalised into Network Rail.

Although British Rail was far from perfect, it was at least affordable.

Today its cheaper for me to drive to London or SE England than get a train there..

@vfrmedia @wxcafe The infrastructure in Germany is a complicated special case because the Grundgesetz stipulates that the Bund (the Federal entitiy) has to own the long-distance railway infrastructure, so there is a separate entity from the regular Deutsche Bahn AG (The DB Netz AG) that owns the infrastructure and is *directly* owned by the federal government
@DC7IA The Council of Europe is similar to the UN in that they have a lot of members, but they cannot actually do a whole lot, especially on things the members didn't agree on beforehand (ask Azerbaijan)
@dc7ia Even better would be a hop-on-hop-off, fully publicly funded system. Inherently GDPR-friendly!

@tomas That'd be great, but I don't think we will have that any time soon.

@DC7IA gibts schon. Etwas blau, etwas Euro Flagge und fertig! :-)

@VictorVenema Yes, but I want train companies to be legally required to all be part of one big system. If you need more than one ticket for a long journey you will not have passenger rights in case you're delayed.

@DC7IA Yes, I would also like that. And to be able to buy those tickets at the train station, like in the past, and not only in the internet.

Thought you might have needed to book a trip now and not once this problem is solved.

@VictorVenema I have recently booked a journey and seen the madness...

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