even the UK's rail infrastructure (if not all the train companies) got renationalised and every so often a UK train company fails and *does* get run by the DfT even if only temporarily..
Also in Luxembourg telecom services still come from the PTT which is owned by the govt (ironically in one of the richest countries in the EU, if not a large one), so there are ways of doing this without breaking any EU legislation..
indeed, it was originally a full privatisation but the network got so bad there was a crash due to faulty infrastructure and Railtrack got renationalised into Network Rail.
Although British Rail was far from perfect, it was at least affordable.
Today its cheaper for me to drive to London or SE England than get a train there..
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