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Australiens Party ist vorbei

Während Australien sich auf seinen Reform-Lorbeeren ausruhte, haben die Neuseeländer erfolgreich einen neuen Modernisierungspfad beschritten. Die Australier müssen es ihnen nun nachtun, wenn sie eine erfolgreiche Nation in der vom Pazifik geprägten Weltwirtschaft des 21. Jahrhunderts bleiben möchten. [...]

Reforms are still possible … but they take time

Mr Key’s defining strategy is one of incremental radicalism. It resists any bold rhetoric or big picture reforms. In their stead, reforms are taken one step at a time. This enables the government to make its case and take the public along a journey. [...]

New Zealand’s quiet achievers

New Zealand’s future prosperity depends on the degree to which public opinion will support productivity-enhancing reforms and on the quality of political leadership in building constituencies for reform and implementing acceptable reforms. The same can be said about Australia, where reforms are much more urgent now. [...]

New Zealand’s lessons for Australia

New Zealand proves that reforms, even in mature democracies, are still possible. They should be possible in Australia as well where they are much needed. For any political leaders wishing to embark on a process of economic reform, whether in Australia or in Europe, a look at New Zealand may well be inspirational. [...]

Quiet Achievers: The New Zealand Path to Reform

Do today’s politicians have the courage to make hard choices? Or has the furious pace of modern politics put an end to the age of reform? While Australia has been avoiding difficult decisions, the New Zealanders have been silently forging ahead. [...]

PM should follow Kiwi path to reform

Ultimately, Australia’s future prosperity depends on Abbott’s succeeding in just that. The adoption of the New Zealand method of quiet, incremental radicalism may be Australia’s best hope of rediscovering the art of reform. [...]

Don’t mention the War?

“Don’t mention the War” was not just a Fawlty Towers quote – it was my experience growing up in Germany. Against this background, the colourful ways in which the wars a remembered in the Commonwealth still strike me as odd. [...]

Clean, ethical and poor

When people meet under Chatham House rules, you cannot disclose afterwards who said what. That's the drawback. The advantage is that you find out what people really believe when they do not have to hold back. And that can be most telling. [...]

Diary

It is hard to follow the Cameron chameleon and make sense of his latest mimesis. Suddenly he believes in tax cuts, reducing benefits, cutting the budget and fighting the EU . He now actually sounds like a, well, Tory. [...]