Mosel bridge

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The Mosel Bridge is a planned highway bridge that traverses the Moselle valley in Germany.

Plans were first proposed for a 1.7km, 10-column, 158m tall bridge in 1968 as a link between the US bases in the region during the Cold War, but the project has been a source of major contention with numerous protests and legal challenges over the years questioning its economic necessity as well as citing the negative ecological impact on the unique microclimate of the Mosel wine region.

Despite heavy opposition, construction started on the project in 2009 but as of April 2012 has come to a standstill.

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Mosel bridge 'bombshell' heartens protesters

7th January 2014

Campaigners fighting the controversial Mosel bridge project in one of Germany's premier wine regions have seized on a leaked expert study that warns the project could be structurally unsafe.

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Mosel bridge film seeking backers

3rd June 2013

The sommelier and social geographer Jessica Pierce is making a film about the deeply-controversial Mosel bridge project – and is asking opponents of the project to back it with cash donations.

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Work starts in earnest on Mosel Bridge

6th November 2012

Work on the hugely controversial Mosel bridge has re-started, to the dismay of a vocal band of dedicated protesters.

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Mosel bridge still going ahead, say officials

7th June 2012

German officials are adamant that the controversial Mosel bridge will be built as planned, after protestors reported an unexpected pause in construction.

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Mosel bridge work halted

30th April 2012

Construction on the controversial Mosel bridge has been stopped due to missing or faulty documentation or calculations, according to reports.

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Hailstorms decimate Mosel

31st August 2011

Devastating hailstorms have hit the Mosel Valley, destroying cars, buildings and up to 50% of the grape crop in some areas.

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Opponents distraught as Greens approve Mosel bridge project

3rd May 2011

The deeply-unpopular Mosel Bridge project will go ahead despite hopes that a resurgent Green Party would vote it down.

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Victory of German Greens offers hope to Mosel bridge opponents

29th March 2011

Opponents of the controversial Mosel Bridge project are hoping the German Green Party’s spectacular recent successes at the polls will swing the debate their way.

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Mosel Bridge financially unviable, opponents claim

7th December 2010

A new financial evaluation of the controversial Mosel Bridge proves the project is not worth completing, say opponents of the bridge.

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Loosen brings Mosel campaign to UK

21st July 2010

Riesling veteran Ernst Loosen is taking the battle over the planned Mosel road bridge to the retail shelves of the UK with a new promotional campaign.

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Mosel bridge: government plan is obsolete

7th April 2010

Protestors of the new Mosel bridge say the results of a new traffic study show the government construction project is obsolete.

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Hugh Johnson - February 2010 column

19th January 2010

What if I were to tell you that they have decided to make Dijon Airport a cargo hub for eastern France, and that Ryanair is stationing its French holiday fleet there?

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The Mosel: A bridge too far

8th January 2010

A plan to build a bridge straight through one of Europe’s most famous wine regions has enraged hugh johnson, who believes that it is both unwanted and unnecessary

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Hugh Johnson's speech at the mosel bridge protest

5th January 2010

I heard about the high Mosel bridge so many years ago, that I honestly forgot about it. I thought that it was a folly of the 1960s and ‘70s which had gone the way of follies in the history – that...

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Blog: Guy Woodward on the road

19th October 2009

Decanter's editor Guy Woodward spent three weeks in South and West Australia, visiting upwards of 30 wineries, tasting hundreds of wines and meeting anybody who is anybody in the world of Aussie...

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Mosel protest ‘sunk’ by German elections

14th October 2009

The latest high-profile protest against the Mosel road bridge, backed by Hugh Johnson, has failed to make an impression on German politicians and the country’s media.

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Johnson decries 'desecration' of Mosel

14th September 2009

Veteran wine writer Hugh Johnson has protested against the ‘folly and desecration’ of a new road bridge and motorway through some of the Mosel’s finest vineyards.

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Mosel bridge opponents lobby German chancellor

13th May 2009

Opponents of a planned road bridge and motorway through some of the Mosel’s finest vineyards have made a last ditch appeal to the German Chancellor.

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Great Wine Route: Mosel

5th January 2006

With its steep, vine-covered slopes, pre-Roman history and charming restaurants and bars, the Mosel is the perfect place to visit for a wine weekend or even a week, writes STEPHEN BROOK

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