Ceneri Base Tunnel, EU and democracy
On Friday 4 September, the tunnel (Ceneri Basistunnel) was opened at Monte Ceneri in the canton of Tessin. This tunnel completes the NEAT (Die NEue AlpenTransversale) project, the largest and most expensive infrastructure in the country. On 13 December, 06.00 AM, the first train will run from Lugano to the north. The tunnel is 15.4 kilometres long and connects Camorino near Bellinzona with Lugano. In 2007, the tunnel (34.6 km) through the Lötschberg was already put into operation. The Gotthard base tunnel was opened on 1 June 2016. Switzerland has thus fulfilled its (European) treaty obligations and respected the result of the referendum in the 1990s. Pacta sunt servanda. The expenses are around 23 billion CHF, paid by Switzerland, without EU-subventions, thus without (significant) corruption. The Gotthard Strassen-Tunnel (over 16 km long), inaugurated on 5 September 1980, also meant a significant reduction in travel time for the road transport. With the completion of the NEAT project, the geographical heart of Europe has (once again) done an enormous service to the European transport system.
In theory though, because the German and Italian partners and the EU are not honouring the 1996 agreements. These agreements laid down the obligations for Switzerland, Germany and Italy. The Netherlands agreed with Germany by a separate treaty to adapt the railway network. The Netherlands has fulfilled its commitments and built the so-called Betuwe railway. This railway goes from Rotterdam to the Ruhr area but stops at the German border because Germany protects the port of Hamburg from the competition by the port of Rotterdam. The true European spirit (France, Italy and Germany First).
Switzerland has fulfilled its (NEAT) obligations. Only Germany, Italy and the EU, which co-finances these countries and projects, fail to comply. The modernisation of the railway network in southern Germany for container transport between Karlsruhe and Basel and Stuttgart and Zurich exists mainly on paper. In Italy, a part of the project has been realised. Another project (from Simplon to Novara and Gallarate) is only at the planning stage, however.
The EU’s words of praise for Switzerland are also lacking. At the festive opening of the Gotthard Base Tunnel in 2016, the five EU-‘presidents’ were absent (‘no time’). The same ‘presidents’ quarrelled over who would be present to receive the (absurd) Peace-Nobel Prize for the EU in 2012 (Balkans 1991-1999, Ruanda, Cyprus) or attend the annual Charlemagne reward for another (self-proclaimed) Great European.
Germany (the Netherlands) and the EU have no difficulty in supporting dictators (Erdogan, Ayatollah’s, China or Russia (Nordstream 2), for example). Switzerland is opposed, however, because the country is successful without EU and respects its citizens, democracy, the rule of law, pacta sunt servanda and pursues responsible monetary and economic policies (for this reason, the Swiss National Bank (SNB) suspended formal cooperation with the ECB in 2015. Switzerland does not want to do business with such a lawless zombiebank of illegality.
Switzerland does not have a problem with the granite of its mountains. However, the country does have a problem with the treaties, the ill-fated, hazardous and bizarre Euro and the lack of democracy, pacta sunt servanda and the rule of law of this immoral EU and its arbitrariness, megalomaniac projects and phantasie world. The new Eurocommunism did arrive, for the time being with a human face.