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Munich votes against third runway

The Local · 18 Jun 2012, 08:37

Published: 18 Jun 2012 08:37 GMT+02:00

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The latest results showed 54.3 percent of the people of Munich voting against the expansion of Germany's second biggest airport, and 45.7 percent in favour. The result did not suit the conservative Christian Social Union (CSU), the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), who all campaigned for a decision in favour.

As many as 32 percent of the 1.04 million eligible voters showed up at the polling booths - way over the 10 percent hurdle needed to make the referendum valid.

The result means that the city council is now obliged to vote against the new runway in its capacity as part of the airport's operating company. The airport is co-run by the federal government, the Bavarian state government, and the city of Munich - the council's vote will effectively block construction.

According to CSU head Horst Seehofer and Munich mayor Christian Ude of the SPD, the third runway would have increased the airport's capacity from 90 to 120 departures and arrivals per hour.

The 'Yes' campaigners said this was necessary, since the airport will soon reach the limit of its current capacity. While some 40 million passengers are expected to pass through Munich airport this year, some 58 million are projected to be using the airport annually by 2025.

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14:53 June 18, 2012 by michael4096
A great day for nimby-ism, a sad day for Munich.

The airport was deliberately situated where it is, way outside the city, in order to allow for expansion if and when the need arose. The city doesn't suffer a great deal from air traffic inconvenience but it will be left behind now as competing areas pick up the demand.

This is the problem with referenda in general - one person in six voting against a good idea screw everything for the rest.
20:14 June 18, 2012 by neunElf
I agree with Michael4096.

The current economic reality in Munich is not sustainable without continuing to make investments in infrastructure for future growth.

The voters seem to think you can have a bustling economy without making any improvements. Trust me, an economic downturn is far more obtrusive than a few extra takeoffs at the airport.
20:44 June 18, 2012 by Englishted
What I can't understand is ,isn't a referendum illegal on a national scale in Germany (thanks to sum Austrian chap) so how is it states can call one?

If anyone could supply the info as to which states(lands) use them in German and which don't or can't .

I say this because I think there are far more important issues and past ones as well that were never put to the public but a runway? strange priorities.
04:46 June 19, 2012 by coffeelover
Wow this is cool, here in CT in USA, nimby's also killed a "ring" highway, or multiple bypass from 4 directions to alleviate capital city congestion, so now when someone gets a flat tire, traffic backs up for miles, minor accidents (collisions in insurance language) result in 25-50 minutes delay at best, but often result in more minor collisions, and longer delays every damn day. Happy to see that nimby (not in my backyard) exists in my ancestors homeland too.
12:10 June 19, 2012 by michael4096

It wasn't a national referendum but simply a Munich city vote. All of the towns affected get a say in the final decision as does Bavaria and, as federal money is used, the national organizations also. The position of each participant is determined in different ways and in Munich city they chose a referendum. However, the final voices of all participants are different and Munich city are more equal than other stakeholders.
18:48 June 19, 2012 by Englishted

I did understand this was not a national referendum,(as they are illegal in Germany).

But reading what you have wrote ,if I am correct this vote was meaningless as the other participants can force it through,or this vote was unfair a only one participant blocked it same as having a veto then ?.

Please inform me as to which one is correct .
16:01 June 22, 2012 by Sally Schiller
The truth is most people DID NOT vote, making it easy for the NAY sayers. In questions like this, they shouldn't ask the people. That was a big mistake.
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