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17 Feb, 4 tweets, 1 min read
The most annoying thing about tweeting about 🚅?


It's not ill intentioned, but don't you think that if I am writing about night trains in Europe... I might have encountered ÖBB's NightJets already? 🤔
And yes, I don't work in the rail industry. There are loads of technical things I do not know, and cannot know, and I am super happy to learn those - and loads of nerds help me enormously with that - dozens of those people are on Twitter and they're ace
But as far as any lay person goes then I think I have a pretty good understanding of what is going on... much of it has been written up here as well:…
And also given that political communication and EU politics are my fields of expertise, it ought to surely be a fair assumption that when it comes to the politics of rail in the European Union I might be able to understand it

/rant over

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17 Feb
Earlier today I cast an eye over the communication of the "European Year of Rail"

It's *this year* folks, just in case you were not aware

There's a chirpy video (oddly with a load of Russian trains) and a nastily Photoshopped ICE on a dedicated website…
There's a hashtag too! #euyearofrail

@unsereOEBB even decorated a train with it - and @MartinSelmayr launched it

But the amount of content on the hashtag is... well, it's pretty thin gruel. Mixed in with cheery infographics about why trains are good…
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15 Feb
Is there a list of *all* the infra projects needed to make #Deutschlandtakt by 2030 a reality? I am struggling a bit... Do you know @Koelschlenny @elba013 @vorortanleiter @Schienenallianz @bladewing678 ?
There's a huge list here:…

But these are surely not all *necessary* (although they're all being planned)
This explains why new infra is needed, but doesn't say *what* exactly…

Bundesverkehrswegeplan 2030 has a load more projects, but again no clarity…
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15 Feb
As arguments about the interplay between the NI Protocol and TCA rumble on, it's time for a kind of typology of solutions

These are:
1️⃣ Turn-a-blind-eye
2️⃣ All-UK
3️⃣ Build-the-infrastructure

A quick 🧵
1️⃣ Turn-a-blind-eye

"Gove asks EU for extension of NI Protocol grace periods to 2023"…

Basically everything agreed is too hard to do, grace periods to be extended long beyond April

Leads to legal uncertainty
Typical quote:
Michael Gove "It does not threaten the integrity of the EU single market to have bulbs ordered from a wholesaler in Scotland or England which will then be planted in a garden in Belfast or Ballymena."
Read 11 tweets
12 Feb
This tweet about night trains in 🇫🇷 gained quite some traction this morning

And sure, night trains are *good*

But we need to be a little more clear headed than that

A 🧵

First of all, night trains only really make sense for routes that most people would not try to accomplish in the daytime by 🚅

Paris-Brive, Paris-Clermont F, Lyon-Toulouse are all under 5 hours by daytime train. These will not work as night train connections
Second, that you *could* theoretically run a train at night does not necessarily mean you should

Paris-Albi for example is 7 hours daytime train, because the infra is lousy. And you can drive it faster
Read 12 tweets
11 Feb
First they came for the 🐟

And John Redwood said the 🇬🇧 fishing industry would adjust
Then they came for the 🐖 farmers and 🐷 exports

And they said don't worry, it's just teething problems
Next they came for the 🦪 exporters

And there the Minister wrote a letter saying 🇪🇺 was wrong, when his officials knew 🇪🇺 was right
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8 Feb
I've been pointed towards this by @hanskundnani by @MaryFitzger - entitled "What does it mean to be “pro-European” today?" While there is something to it, I think it mixes up different terms, and hence it's not quite right... This 🧵 will explain…

I am also of course aware the title might not be Hans's choice...

The first issue is a basic one: to be a European, or to be a pro-European, are not - in my view - the same things

I will happily call myself a European, but not a pro-European (although plenty would describe *me* as the latter), because pro-European leads us to looking at the European Union in terms of more or less of it, rather than the individual policy outcomes it can produce

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