Times Colonist: Dutch ‘Polder Model’ of sharing pain helps country agree on austerity in economic downturn

AMSTERDAM – In the U.S., tax hikes have been the subject of partisan warfare that brought the country to the very edge of a “fiscal cliff.” In southern Europe, spending cuts have led to mass protests and labour strikes.

Maybe both could learn from the Dutch — whose compromise culture has kept the country afloat throughout the economic storm.


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