Dutch 'Polder Model' of sharing pain helps country agree on austerity in economic downturn

  • by: TOBY STERLING , Associated Press
  • Updated: January 25, 2013 - 4:27 AM

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 labor strikes.

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