Economy & Politics

A drop in the ocean

Deutsche Bahn will discontinue the long-distance bus service by the end of the year. Photo: Deutsche Bahn AG / Uwe Miethe


The withdrawal of Deutsche Bahn from the long-distance bus business is the right decision. More should follow urgently, says our author Thomas Wüpper.

Berlin – If the core business does not work optimally, a company should not get bogged down in other fields. In this respect, Deutsche Bahn’s decision to give up the last IC long-distance bus routes is correct. Especially since there are alternatives if the train connections in Germany and neighboring countries are expanded as promised. The group is not only in crisis because of Corona and should make massive savings as a condition for further state financial aid. The exit from the long-distance bus business is more of a drop in the ocean, but it is still setting the course. More should follow. Neither in the bus nor in the truck business has the group with its 700 subsidiaries worldwide lost anything.

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