Summer is here. If you travel in Europe, one of the nicest way to get from one city to another is by high-speed train. The low-cost airlines are great, but for door-to door journeys of less than 4 or 5 hours, rail is better. When you fly your journey is interrupted; you have to get to the airport, check-in, go through security check, wait for take-off etc. Using trains you travel without interruptions from city center to city center.
One problem has been the lack of integration between the railways in different countries. Now, finally, the high-speed rail operators have decided to give the low-cost airlines a run for their money. They have started Railteam, which will provide seamless integration between different national high-speed train services.
It will not only be a pleasant way to travel, but if the rail operators are successful, they will shift a considerable amount of traffic from cars and airplanes to trains. That can only be good for the environment.
Update: The Economist writes about Railteam here.