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Schiller Institute Program for "Next 50 Years"
Featured in Denmark's Largest Daily Paper

July 30, 2007 (EIRNS)—The Lyndon LaRouche Political Action Committee (LPAC) issued the following release today.

Today in Denmark, an OpEd in Jyllands-Posten under the title, "Bridges are the foundation for the next 50 years infrastructure," Tom Gillesberg, the chairman of the Schiller Institute (SI) in Denmark challenges the Infrastructure Commission, which is to issue their recommendations for the nation during the next few months, to take up the building of the major bridges as part of a continental link as well as national infrastructure, as the task that sets the direction of the future.

Gillesberg writes: "The task which the Infrastructure Commission and the Danish politicians are faced with is to decide the overall visionary plan which can lay the basis for the development in the next 50 years. A foundation which can be completed piece after piece, and built upon." This is the second recent Op-ed Jylland-Posten has printed by Gillesberg, the previous one being prominently published on June 21.

Gillesberg's Op-ed continues, under the sub-head "Maglev," "Therefore, it is important to choose the right foundation. It ought to be the situation that in a little more than 10 years, that the Great Belt Bridge and the Oeresunds Bridge [now in use] have been supplemented by a series of new bridges: the Kattegat connection [which the SI has been championing], the Fehmarn Bridge and a bridge between Helsingoer [in Denmark, the Danish name for Shakespeare's Elsinor, where Hamlet takes place]."

Gillesberg's Op-ed reiterates the SI call for the Kattegat link to be built with a maglev, which would allow the travel time between the Danish capital of Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city to be 25 minutes. Thereafter, maglev will be extended both nationally and internationally, and will also play a growing role in freight transport. We will be the first with the new, rather than the last with the old.

The SI chairman also argues that significant amounts need to be spent on the rail infrastructure which has been neglected, and we should not be frightened by the thought that the infrastructure budget needs to be tripled during the next two decades. An investment which will, as the result in increased productivity and creation of wealth, come back with compound interest. Other infrastructure projects should fit in to this larger plan, with the Kattegat/maglev project as the rotation point for the next 50 years, and therefore the starting point for the work the Infrastructure Commission and Danish Parliament take up after the summer.