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2005
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N250 Monday, 5 December, 2005
Door Opening
  • Conservative Leader Opens Door to Progress Party
N249 Sunday, 20 November, 2005
Tufte Or Hønsvald?
  • Red-Green Budget Rushed Through Parliament
  • Protests From MPs, LO, Others, Overruled
  • "Majority With Built-In Opposition"
  • What if the Socialist Left Party Breaks Out?
N248 Monday, 14 November, 2005
Anti-Growth
  • New Government Submits Budget Revision
  • Same Balance as in Bondevik Government's Proposal
  • Higher Capital & Capital Returns Tax, Reduced Top Tax Cuts
  • Depreciation Improvement Withdrawn
  • Reduced Funds for R&D
  • All New Tax Revenue and More to Local Governments
  • Changes Will Cause Efficiency Losses Everywhere
  • How Much Left for Welfare When Public Employees Have Taken Their Cut?
N247 Monday, 31 October, 2005
Anti-Salami
  • Ex-Minister Reveals Open Secret
  • "Action Rule" Based on "Parental" Deception
  • Opportunity Loss Could be Substantial
  • NHO: "Action Rule" Insufficient for Stabilisation
  • Better System With More Democratic Safeguards Possible
N246 Monday, 17 October, 2005
Neutral Budget With Dynamic Effects
  • Red-Green Government has Taken Office
  • Departing Government Submits Budget
  • Cuts in Personal Tax and Capital Tax
  • Will Not Survive New Government
  • Most Raised Tax Revenue Instead Given to Local Governments
  • MoF Recognizes Marginal Tax Effect on Labour Supply
  • Represents Dilemma for Red-Greens
  • Higher Oil Price Reduces Future Budget Gap
N245 Thursday, 6 October, 2005
Activist Non-Government
  • Final Decision to Close Union Paper Plant
  • Red-Green Attempt to Influence Members of Corporate Assembly
  • Promise of at Least NOK 400 Mill Annually for Foresters
  • Forewarning of "Active Industry Policy"
  • Investors Offer NOK 100 Mill, Cheered as Heroes
  • Property Alone Worth Several Hundred Millions
  • No Intervention From Competition Authority
N244 Tuesday, 13 September, 2005
Four Red Years
  • Red-Greens 88 MPs, Non-Socialists 81
  • Approx 23,000 More Votes to Non-Socialist Block
  • Winners: Labour, Progress Party, Liberals
  • Losers: Conservatives, Christians, Socialist Left Party
  • Minor Uncertainty Remains
  • Poor SV Result Will Complicate Negotiations
  • Barents Sea Activity Highly Exposed for Compromises
  • Pressure for Non-Socialist Unity Will Grow Towards 2009
N243 Friday, 9 September, 2005
Røkke's Vote
  • Kjell Inge Røkke Says He Will Vote for Stoltenberg
N242 Thursday, 8 September, 2005
Tide Turning
  • Non-Socialist Majority in Two Polls
  • Hagen to Go for Early Non-Confidence
  • Speculations About New Centrist Government
  • Can Open Conflict With the Progress Party be Avoided?
N241 Thursday, 8 September, 2005
Clients and Power Houses
  • New Government Program for Innovation and Value Creation
  • Lacking Over-All Perspective on Assets and Opportunities
  • Reversed Cluster Approach; Astounding Exclusion of Petroleum Cluster
  • Lacking Tie-In to Reward and Profitability
  • Some Progress on Theory, Good on Education, Legislation and More
  • Truly Advanced Innovation Policy Must be Part of a National Vision
N240 Monday, 5 September, 2005
Confirmation
  • NHO Shows 2005 Tax Cuts Have Been Covered
  • Strong Growth of Hours Worked Causes Revenue Growth
  • Further Middle/Long-Term Potential
  • Still Unused Potential of New Job Seekers
N239 Friday, 2 September, 2005
Last Chance
  • Sponheim: New Budget Documents Prove Dynamic Effects
  • Erna Solberg Getting Closer to Tax and Growth Message
  • Do Both Sides Have the "Same Money"?
  • Stoltenberg Repeats "Voodoo" Statement
  • Major Tax/Growth Offensive Non-Socialists' Last Chance
N238 Tuesday, 30 August, 2005
Politics Vs Policies
  • Economist Says Politics Doesn't Affect Growth, Unemployment
N237 Monday, 29 August, 2005
Eating It and Having It, Too
  • Socialist Left Party School Meal Program Disintegrates
  • Assumes Costs Disappear When Paid By State
  • What Does It Tell Us About the Party's General Economic Philosophy?
N236 Tuesday, 23 August, 2005
Towards Defeat
  • New Surveys Confirm Red-Green Lead, Conflicting Trends
  • Government Has Lost Basic Debates on Tax, Welfare, Growth and Distribution
  • Labour Likely to Win Final Election Campaign Stage As Well
  • Major Changes in Debate Required for Non-Socialists to Win
N235 Monday, 22 August, 2005
Sustainability
  • Government to Index Sustainability
  • Won't Tell Us Anything New
  • Static or Dynamic Perspective?
  • National Capital Approach Discarded; Should be Reinstated
  • New Key Elements Should Be Knowledge and Good Governance
N234 Friday, 19 August, 2005
Aid Vs Growth
  • Studies Show No Relationship Between Foreign Aid and Growth
  • Endogenous Growth Models Dismantle Old Theories
  • Norway May Be World's Leading Creator of Poverty Traps
  • Are We Capable of Finding a Creative New Approach?
  • Trade and Industry Must Play a Major Role
  • Could One Answer Be Extensive "People Exchange"?
N233 Wednesday, 17 August, 2005
Creative Destruction
  • Election: Close Race, Red-Green in Lead
  • Base Post-Election Scenario Now Emerging
  • Hagen Firm: Bondevik Must Go
  • Stoltenberg: No Budget Deal With Non-Socialists
  • Bondevik: Will Refer King to Stoltenberg
  • Stoltenberg: Minority Government Only If Foundation for Policies
  • Bondevik Indicates "Plan B" Possible
  • Dagbladet: Solberg Could be PM if Non-Socialist Majority
  • Is Hagen's Plan Coming Together After All?
N232 Friday, 12 August, 2005
Old Echo
  • OECD Submits Annual Economic Survey of Norway
  • Echoes Most Fundamentalist Norwegian Views
  • Ignores OECD's Own Work on Innovation
N231 Thursday, 4 August, 2005
Norwegian Wood
  • Norske Skog Determined to Close Union Paper Mill
  • Record of Double Standards in Political Reactions
N230 Thursday, 21 July, 2005
Grey-Grey Cocktail
  • Red-Greens Present 155 Points of Agreement
  • Capital Returns Tax Without Reduced Top Tax or Capital Tax
N229 Tuesday, 28 June, 2005
Left Legs Left
  • Bondevik Determined to Stay in Office
  • Coalition Parties Reaffirm Support
  • Hagen Firm Bondevik Must Resign Anyway
  • Media, Red-Greens Agree With Bondevik
  • Experts Divided
  • Issue Political, Not Constitutional
  • Christians Might Support Labour if Coalition Ousted - Or Not
  • Conservatives Would Look for New Non-Socialist Solution
  • "Plan B" like Willoch 1981-83?
N228 Wednesday, 22 June, 2005
Barking Dog Bit
  • Hagen Says he Will Sack Bondevik
  • Bondevik, Coalition Won't Believe It
  • Repeat Mantra That Caused the Crisis
  • Bondevik Now Chairs Lame Duck Coalition
  • Collective Stupidity Gives Red-Greens Highway to Power
  • Only Bondevik Still Retains Options - Will he Use Them?
N227 Monday, 20 June, 2005
Inconvenient Tax Knowledge
  • Finance Minister: Flat Tax Unrealistic
  • Makes Conservative Tax Philosophy Inconsistent
  • Argument Based on 1999 Study's Worst Option
  • Assumes Static Revenue Neutrality; No Effect on Labour Supply
  • Circular Arguments
  • Why Ignore 2004 Study With Opposite Conclusion?
N226 Thursday, 16 June, 2005
Sponheim Takes the Lead
  • Sponheim: Progress Party Ready for Good Society
  • Closer Cooperation in Next Parliament
  • NHO Takes Stand for Non-Socialist Government
  • Recommends Understanding With Progress Party
  • Pressure on Conservatives To Get Closer to Progress Party
  • Solberg: Certain to Find an Arrangement
N225 Thursday, 26 May, 2005
Pensions
  • Broad Majority Agree on Pensions
  • Several Issues Left Undecided
  • Early Pension Systems May Undermine Reform
N224 Tuesday, 24 May, 2005
Inequalities
  • Statistics Indicate Tax Changes Increased Inequalities
  • Fact is More Likely the Opposite
  • A Matter of Dividend Movements
  • VAT Changes Did Not Reduce Equality
N223 Monday, 9 May, 2005
Values and Calculators
  • Conservatives Discuss Their Identity
N222 Friday, 6 May, 2005
Taxed Opinions
  • Survey Indicates Low Support for Tax Cuts
  • Conservatives Have Job to Do This Summer
N221 Friday, 6 May, 2005
Heyerdahl's Grudges
  • Jens P. Heyerdahl: Money Climate Corrupts; Government Responsible
N220 Tuesday, 26 April, 2005
Little Big Nation
  • Government Submits Report on Northern Areas
  • Stepping Up Dialogue With Western Nations
  • Opposition With Hard, But Empty Criticism
  • Decisive Issues All Hot Potatoes
N219 Monday, 25 April, 2005
Suicide On
  • Christians Turn Down Two EU Referendums
  • Will Insist on Suicide Clause
  • Sharpening "No to EU" Profile
  • Fears of Leakage to Centre Party
  • Defeat for Bondevik
  • Minor Setback for Non-Socialists' Election Outlook
  • Major Setback for EU Membership
N218 Thursday, 21 April, 2005
Benchmarking Benchmarking
  • Benchmarking and Innovation: Large Variations, Says Swedish Study
  • Firms Improve By Comparing Best Practises, But Few Do It
  • Access to Capital Main Barrier for Innovation
  • Competitors Main Source for Innovative Ideas
  • Domestic Owners Better Source than Foreign Owners
N217 Monday, 18 April, 2005
A Cancelled Suicide?
  • Liberals Split 86-81 on EU
  • Sponheim: Suicide Clause Could Be Deleted
  • Requires Option For Two Referendums
  • Bondevik Hints At Same Solution
  • Would Mean Clear Difference on EU Between Two Coalitions
N216 Thursday, 14 April, 2005
Red Carpet
  • Labour House-Cleaning for Red-Green Partners
  • Huge Enthusiasm for De-Modernised Stoltenberg
  • Full Merger With Trade Union LO
N215 Thursday, 31 March, 2005
When Moderation is Extreme
  • Red-Greens: More Tax, But Just a Little
  • Government: Less Tax, But Just a Little
  • Where's the Path Away From the Unsustainable Status Quo?
  • A New Welfare State Developing in Europe
N214 Wednesday, 30 March, 2005
Green Causes or Green Effects?
  • Does It Pay To Be Green?
  • Statistics Norway Report: Premature Conclusion
  • Suggests Technology & Management Primary Causes
N213 Sunday, 20 March, 2005
Blackmailers
  • Labour Veteran: Centre Party a Blackmail Party
  • Labour Leader: Will Use Party Whip on EU Opposition
  • Centre Leader Warns Voters: Don't Vote Labour
  • Centre Parliamentary Leader: Now They Are Learning!
  • Centre Upping the Ante Before Red-Green Negotiations
N212 Sunday, 20 March, 2005
EU In 2009?
  • Solberg: New EU Debate in 2007
  • Bondevik: New EU Debate 2007-09
  • Christian People's Party Platform: Current Relationships Best
  • Stoltenberg: Red-Green Government Not To Delay EU Membership
  • Stoltenberg: Party Whip Available to Force "No" MPs to Vote "Yes"
  • Iceland Slowly Towards Membership; Could Influence Norway
  • Bondevik Aiming at Being the Statesman Who Solved the EU Riddle?
  • In That Case, We Could Be In EU In 2009
N211 Tuesday, 1 March, 2005
Fish Rent
  • Government Considering Special Tax on Fish
  • First Score to the Fishermen
  • Much Experience to Share Between Resource Based Industries
N210 Tuesday, 22 February, 2005
Faithful Investment
  • Labour and Government Agree on New Pipeline Policy
N209 Thursday, 3 February, 2005
Money Throwers
  • Red-Greens to Foot Bill for CO2 Sequestration & Injection - and More
  • "Yes to Both" Also on Cash Benefit, Kindergartens
  • What Other Problems to be Solved by Throwing Tax-Payers' Money?
N208 Thursday, 3 February, 2005
Useless
  • Government's Industry Commission Submits Report
  • More Time Spent Voting than Thinking
  • Weak on Offshore Supply Industry
N207 Monday, 10 January, 2005
Gifts, Growth and Generations
  • Relief Grants From Petroleum Fund?
  • Reality: Fund Would Pay Anyway, Choice is More Tax or Not
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