The Greens have a strong chance of being in the next German government too.Now and then it does happen that the Greens, the Union and the SPD, basically agree on a transport policy issue. There should be no general ban on climate-damaging short-haul flights. What does not seem to be ideal for climate protection may make sense in terms of election tactics: Bans are not so well received in election campaigns. Setting incentives that enable voluntary behavioral changes is probably more innocuous. So the Greens also assure themselves to work for a heavy rail traffic, which should make short air journeys superfluous.
A group of green politicians has now presented specific proposals for expanding European rail traffic and has shown which major European cities and holiday destinations, which are still mainly accessible by plane today, could be more conveniently reached by train in the future. The Greens want to work for a night train network that connects more than 200 destinations with around 40 international lines. This emerges from a concept paper that several members of the Bundestag around parliamentary group leader Anton Hofreiter have developed and ZEIT ONLINE is available. According to this, even holiday islands like Mallorca should be accessible by train and ferry in the future.