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surge ahead in high-tech industries such as solar power and also, it turns out, high-speed rail. Measuring the scale of Europe’s transformation is a
simple matter. In 10 years, neighboring countries linking up with France’s TGV have connected over 100 destinations across Europe and high
speed trains have effectively supplemented the once-bustling air shuttles between many EU capitals: Trains linking Paris, London, The Hague and Brussels cover the distances in an hour or two, faster than any airliner. The international media focus on the recent three-day breakdown of
the Eurostar service between London and the continent reflects the growing importance of this rail link. In his new book Europe’s Promise,
Steven Hill writes that comparing Europe’s rail system with that of the U.S. is like “comparing a professional major league team with one in the
minors.” But Barack Obama’s election has finally offered hope. The prospect of investment in high speed rail technology will have...
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