Friday, January 15, 2010

Kallas: Still Supports Rail Baltica

Estonia's Eurocommissioner Siim Kallas said one of the reasons the Rail Baltica project--connecting the Baltic states with Europe via rail--is lagging is because the Baltic states lack ambition.
Research shows Baltic citizens prefer stinky Hungarian buses with locked bathrooms and no air conditioning over comfortable trains. "It's just that sadomasochist inside every eastern European," said Kallas in his Thursday address in a European Parliament hearing. The Eurocommisioner also cited the difference in rail gauge as another barrier to joining western Europe's modern rail system. "Also, on TGV-type trains you can't walk between the cars and smoke or hang your head out the window and spit," the commissioner added.
Kallas, left, vows he won't trim mustache until Rail Baltica is built.

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