International -- Readers Report
Germany's Greens Aren't "Marching with Business" (int'l edition)
Before praising former "rock thrower" Joschka Fischer and German Greens for business friendliness ("Surprise, the German Greens are marching with business," International Outlook, Feb. 28), sobriety would be well advised. In reality, German Greens are about as business-friendly as Jorg Haider is foreigner-friendly. Despite their recent rhetoric, they continue to vehemently oppose and hinder almost every major infrastructure project, industry, and new technology in Germany. Examples include not only atomic power and biotechnology but also genetically modified foods, high-speed trains, airport and seaport expansions, new highways, bridges, cars, and tanks, to name a few.
When it comes to economics, the Greens have the cart before the horse. Before discussing business-friendly tax initiatives, these undercover Luddites must first stop impairing business and let the tax base flourish. They must stop starving the cow before they tell us what to do with the milk.
Most likely, their recent overtures are mere token gestures aimed at salvaging their fading party fortunes. Indeed, the German Greens have outlived their usefulness as Germany's other main political parties have long since adopted sensible environmental policies and far better represent the country's mainstream social and economic issues.
& Training Services
Quakenbruck, GermanyReturn to top
Don't Paint All Consultants with the Same Brush (int'l edition)
It is unfortunate that Lewis Pinault has been affiliated mainly with consultants whom he sees as unethical, self-serving, and not deserving of trust. While from the book it is apparent that Pinault functioned mostly in a highly self-serving way, the majority of consultants perform a valuable service: They provide expertise the client does not have or an independent perspective the client badly needs. And most of them do this ethically, with the client's best interest in mind. This may sound simplistic, but it is the result of my years of experience both as a buyer and as a supplier of consulting services.
Peter R. Lantos
Erdenheim, Pa.Return to top