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It was an eye-opener that Austrian politics, like the Netherlands, work with "great coallitions".

Actually, you could just as well say that that's how they didn't work. The Austrian Grand Coalitions worked by the two big parties dividing up every post among themselves, and mutually turning a blind eye to the others' shady dealings. This was the system of "Proporz". Haider's and the FPÖ's rise (and fall) can in no small part be ascribed to the mistaken view that he would clean up this corrupt system.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.

by DoDo on Wed Nov 1st, 2006 at 05:37:57 AM EST
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