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Agenda Austria richtet fünf Forderungen an nächste Regierung

Posted by hkarner - 18. September 2019

Der Standort Österreich schöpft sein Potenzial nicht aus, sagen die Ökonomen der liberalen Denkfabrik. Weniger Steuern, dafür länger arbeiten, lautet ihre Devise

In Österreich ist die Kluft zwischen in- und ausländischen Schülern eine der größten Europas. Hier müsse man ansetzen, sagt die Agenda Austria.

Wien – Leistung. Aufstieg. Sicherheit. Mit diesem Motto hatte einst SPÖ-Kanzler Bruno Kreisky die Stoßrichtung der Sozialdemokratie vorgegeben. Am Dienstag nahm die liberale Denkfabrik Agenda Austria daran Anlehnung, um ihren Forderungskatalog an die nächste Regierung zu präsentieren. Denn in Österreich fehle die Sicherheit, dass mit Leistung noch der Aufstieg gelinge, sagt Direktor Franz Schellhorn. Man müsse die Gunst der Stunde nutzen. Statt sich „gratis Geld in Frankfurt“ abzuholen, solle die Politik das niedrige Zinsumfeld nutzen, um Reformen anzupacken. Fünf Prioritäten gäbe es aus Sicht der Agenda Austria.

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The Workforce-Education Puzzle

Posted by hkarner - 18. September 2019

Date: 17-09-2019
Source: The Wall Street Journal By Gary Beach

The Business Roundtable caused a stir last month by saying businesses have obligations to their customers, employees and other stakeholders, not just their shareholders.

Among the group’s five commitments, a list that includes “delivering value to our customers” and  “dealing fairly and ethically with our suppliers,” the one that struck a bell with me is “investing in our employees.” That means not just granting proper compensation and benefits, but also elevating training—and retraining—as a core corporate value.

The Business Roundtable, whose members include the chief executives of many big U.S. companies, is the latest organization to recognize one of the economy’s biggest challenges: an underskilled workforce. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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When two tribes go to lunch

Posted by hkarner - 18. September 2019

Date: 14-09-2019
Source: The Economist: Bagehot

Despite being locked in conflict, Leavers and Remainers have some striking things in common

The most powerful tool at the political journalist’s disposal is the lunch invitation. You take a senior politician out to an expensive restaurant in the hope that good food and hot gossip will loosen the ministerial tongue. This was easier in the days when politicians frequently drank at lunch—and some drank a lot—but remains a stock-in-trade even in these abstemious times.

This columnist recently tried a revolutionary tactic: having lunch with real people rather than politicos. His companions were a small group of Leavers one day and a slightly larger group of Remainers two days later. The first lunch took place in a riverside pub on the border of the Runnymede and Weybridge constituency, in London’s commuter belt (Bagehot paid). The second took place in a comfortable kitchen in Vauxhall, in the inner-London gentrification belt (Bagehot sponged). There was nothing scientific about any of this lunching—the groups were assembled on the basis of chance acquaintance rather than psephological profiling. But the encounters nevertheless suggest answers to two pressing questions: how are the tribes organising themselves? And why do they feel so strongly about Brexit? Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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