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INTRO: The debate about privatising Deutsche Bahn AG will reach a climax in the next few weeks. In the run-up to a decision on a stock market listing, Chris Jackson sought the views of Chairman Hartmut MehdornJackson: Herr Mehdorn, why do you want to float Deutsche Bahn AG on the stock market?Mehdorn: Deutsche Bahn constantly needs capital. Trains, tracks and facilities have to be maintained and modernised. DB AG ceased to be a state authority 12 years ago, and it has to grow in the same way as any other company. In the future the federal government will no longer be available as a provider of capital to the necessary extent. For that reason, it should sell a part of DB AG so that we can obtain fresh capital from the market to implement the growth opportunities of the future.Jackson: In which areas are you aiming for further growth?Mehdorn: We want to grow both in our traditional markets in Germany and to attract more customers to rail. But we also want to continue our involvement in European urban, regional and long-distance transport and to use the opportunities of European liberalisation as we are already doing with Railion in freight transport. In logistics, we have to be in a position to offer our customers worldwide services in order to remain competitive.Jackson: What can Deutsche Bahn customers expect from the stock market flotation?Mehdorn: They will benefit from our being able to continue Deutsche Bahn’s modernisation course with new capital. Customers will get better service and travel even more punctually, in cleaner surroundings and more safely. In logistics, our customers will get a worldwide unique range of services from a single source. The more we can invest, the more tightly-knit our logistics network will become.Jackson: What does your schedule for the stock market flotation look like?Mehdorn: That is a decision to be taken by our owner – the federal government – in the coming few weeks. The fact is that the present offers a very favourable time window. The Deutsche Bahn management and staff have prepared the ground for a stock market flotation in the past few years. We will be fit for the stock market at the end of this year. Now it’s up to the politicians to decide.
Since Axel Witsel moved to Borussia Dortmund, the idea that Manchester United also wanted to sign has become ‘a thing’. There’s been insistence Jose Mourinho was looking at the Belgian international, and even suggestions of efforts. Looking ahead to future windows, Witsel, who turns 30 in January, has also been presented as an option for the troubled Premier League club.Regardless of the veracity of the claims, SportBild have asked Witsel himself why he chose to sign for BVB given the ‘greater appeal’ from clubs such as Manchester United and PSG.The former Zenit and Tianjin Quanjian player answered: “Because I felt that Dortmund is the right choice. I knew from the beginning that I have the quality to assert myself here and to help. Nevertheless, the BVB was a challenge for me, which I absolutely wanted to accept.”Before Witsel made the move, claims of Manchester United and PSG interest weren’t exactly widespread and strong.Whilst that doesn’t mean there was nothing in it, the situation does seem to have been built up since rather than prior.Given his previous club choices, it’s not too unfair to suggest that if United or PSG had waved a big wage around that Witsel would have been interested.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉（今晚試試）Keto减肥UndoCNBC InternationalHere’s How Big Businesses in Singapore Are Managing the Impact of COVID-19.CNBC InternationalUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles meet in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題Undo