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Commentary: History Lessons (December 23, 2008)
Many people argue that the current recession could approach the pain caused by the Great Depression of the 1930s. How are the situations alike, and how are they different?
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Commentary: Rebuilding the Economy by Rebuilding America (December 09, 2008)
The millions of Americans who traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday met traffic at every turn--on the highway, on public transportation, and at the airport.
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Cracking the Nordic Code (December 05, 2008)
Managers need cross-cultural skills to compete in today’s challenging international economic environment, especially when there is a growing reliance on foreign labor.
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Commentary: Reforming Financial Regulations (December 02, 2008)
While restoring stability and confidence in the economy is still job one, policymakers must soon turn their attention to another difficult, but necessary, task--reforming, restructuring, and improving our financial system ...
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AmCham’s Thanksgiving: With a Coke and a Smile (December 01, 2008)
There are some things that can be found only in the United States. Happily, an authentic American Thanksgiving is not one of them.
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Commentary: Pragmatic Solutions for America's Energy Security (November 26, 2008)
To aid the president-elect and his team of advisors during this historic transfer of power, the U.S. Chamber's Institute for 21st Century Energy released a Transition Plan for Securing America's ...
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Campaign Comment: Looking Back and Ahead (November 24, 2008)
President-elect Barack Obama seems to be building a White House team that is diverse and tough, according to many news reports, one of which described the team as “no shrinking violet.”
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Experts Discuss Gangs, Counterfeiting and Espionage (November 24, 2008)
Businesses need to be aware of the risks posed to their organizations and employees by criminal gangs, product counterfeiting and corporate espionage.
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Commentary: Congress Still Has Work to Do--This Year (November 18, 2008)
No matter which candidate you supported, we can all agree that restoring economic growth and creating jobs should be the nation's top priority.
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Commentary: Congratulations, Mr. President-Elect (November 11, 2008)
The voters have spoken. In January, Sen. Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce congratulates him and all ...
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Plenty of Excitement and Networking at 2008 Election Events (November 06, 2008)
Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen Makes Appearance, Praises America’s New President-elect.
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Commentary: The Choice (November 03, 2008)
Great elections in U.S. history haven't centered on campaign tactics, personalities, or abstract promises of change, but on big ideas.
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Campaign Comment: What a Ride! (October 30, 2008)
What a ride! 2008 has turned out to be an unusual and unpredictable presidential election year.
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ECACC Meets to Discuss Engagement and Value to Members (October 29, 2008)
The European Council of American Chambers of Commerce (ECACC) held its fall conference on October 12-15 in Istanbul, Turkey – the cross roads of Europe and Asia.
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Tax and Talent a Challenge for Foreign Companies (October 27, 2008)
What challenges face foreign companies in Denmark right now, and how can this nation attract more direct foreign investment in an increasingly competitive global environment?
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Notable Quotes (October 24, 2008)
Jacob Dencik, Strategy Consultant, IBM Global Business Services: “One thing that’s quite interesting this year is that we saw a big increase in energy and in particular, renewable energy investment. It’s ...
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OpEd: We can no longer ignore the silent crisis (October 22, 2008)
4 out of every 5 foreign companies are being negatively affected by the shortage of highly qualified labor.
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Commentary: Vote for Trade, Vote for Jobs (October 21, 2008)
Two weeks from today, Americans will vote in the most significant election in a generation. The decisions made by the next president and next Congress will impact American businesses and ...
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Commentary: Seizing Our Energy Future (October 14, 2008)
As a consequence of our economic crisis, oil is once again trading for under $100 a barrel. This has provided Americans with modest relief at the gas pump, but it ...
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Campaign Comment: An October Surprise? (October 13, 2008)
Don’t be surprised if there’s an October Surprise in the presidential race.
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Campaign Comment: Surprise, Surprise (October 09, 2008)
With less than a month to go, the 2008 presidential campaign is as surprising as ever. And the surprises are coming quickly now.
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GlaxoSmithKline Pharma Wins! (October 08, 2008)
GlaxoSmithKline Pharma A/S (GSK) has won the 2008 Foreign Company of the Year Award from the American Chamber of Commerce in Denmark.
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Commentary: Innovation Is Essential to Economic Growth (October 07, 2008)
Given the urgent challenges confronting the American economy, why do I want to devote today’s column to protecting intellectual property (IP) and preventing IP theft, counterfeiting, and piracy? Because America’s ...
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Countdown to COP15: How Your Company Can Get Involved (October 02, 2008)
The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15), slated for early December 2009, is expected to bring 12,000 to 15,000 people from around the world to Copenhagen.
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Commentary: Business Main Street and Wall Street -- We're in This Together (September 30, 2008)
The defeat of the financial rescue plan in the House of Representatives yesterday dealt a needless blow to an already faltering economy. Investors lost $1.2 trillion in wealth. Confidence that ...
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Campaign Comment: A Dramatic Turn? (September 23, 2008)
Just a few weeks before the election, the race seems to have taken a dramatic turn as a result of Sarah Palin.
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Commentary: More Fun and Games on Energy (September 23, 2008)
If you've been holding your breath until Congress enacts sensible energy legislation, you'd better exhale before you pass out. Last week the House approved the Comprehensive American Energy Security and ...
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Commentary: Education in the Spotlight (September 16, 2008)
Finally, the major presidential candidates have started talking about education. In a major speech last week, Sen. Barack Obama said that he wants to double funding for charter schools, pay ...
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OSAC Nordic Summit 2008 in Stockholm (September 11, 2008)
On September 4-5, the third annual Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Nordic Summit was held in Stockholm, Sweden.
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Commentary: Business to the Rescue (September 09, 2008)
Business bashing has long been a favorite pastime by many in the mainstream media. The business community has its share of rotten apples like any other profession, and the media ...
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Campaign Comment: A “Hail Sarah” Pass (September 02, 2008)
Wow! Just about everyone is surprised by John McCain’s choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.
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Campaign Comment: The Obama-Biden Blend (August 28, 2008)
Barack Obama’s choice of Joe Biden as his running mate can be described as strategic, pragmatic, and careful. Exciting? Not really.
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Commentary: Media Missed the Mark on Business Taxes (August 26, 2008)
When it comes to attacks on corporate America, history tends to repeat itself. The Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued its report on corporate tax liabilities, as it has for ...
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Horton Takes Top Spot in 2008 AmCham Cup (August 25, 2008)
Fair weather, challenging holes and networking were all par for the course at the 2008 AmCham Cup.
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Campaign Comment: Conventions - What to Watch For (August 22, 2008)
Want to know who will win the presidency in November? Follow the coverage of the national conventions and you may uncover some big clues.
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Campaign Comment: Conventions - What to Watch For, Part 2 (August 22, 2008)
The national party conventions are designed to do one thing: help elect John McCain or Barack Obama in November.
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Commentary: America, the Burdened (August 19, 2008)
Congress may be in the middle of a month-long recess, many Washingtonians may have fled the sweltering weather for friendlier climes, and the town may have slowed to a crawl, ...
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Commentary: All Eyes on China (August 12, 2008)
All eyes are on China this week as the summer Olympics get under way. You can't pick up a newspaper, watch a newscast, or browse a blog without some examination ...
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Commentary: Trial Lawyers Looking for a Handout (August 05, 2008)
You have to hand it to the trial bar--it's nothing if not innovative. Its latest scheme to bilk consumers and businesses through more lawsuits involves one of the oldest games ...
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Commentary: Ending Stock Market Manipulation (July 29, 2008)
"Naked short selling" and the impact of manipulative behavior on investors and markets has been big news recently. Unfortunately, there's also been a lot of misinformation about what it really ...
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Commentary: The Coming Assault on Small Businesses (July 22, 2008)
You can't say today's union leaders don't appreciate irony. Last week, one of the nation's largest unions held a global rally protesting our system of free enterprise and capital investment. ...
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Commentary: No Time for Crying in Our Soup (July 15, 2008)
Some in the business community--indeed, many of our citizens--are worried about the future. They see America challenged like never before. They see the inability of our elected officials to tackle ...
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Commentary: Can America Solve Its Problems? (July 08, 2008)
Underneath Americans' joy and hoopla while celebrating the Fourth of July was deep-seated doubt about America's ability to compete and win in a rapidly changing world. Pick up any paper or ...
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1,700 Attend July 4 Celebration at Rydhave (July 07, 2008)
The U.S. Embassy's 2008 Independence Day celebration was one of the largest ever.
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Commentary: Engaging the Private Sector Is Key to Solving the Energy Challenge (July 01, 2008)
A global energy summit held June 22 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, underscored the essential role of international cooperation in meeting global energy demand. The summit also highlighted the importance of ...
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Campaign Comment: The Opening Round (June 25, 2008)
Barack Obama is signaling how he plans to slug it out with John McCain this fall.
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Commentary: Faster, Better, Safer Transportation for the 21st Century (June 24, 2008)
The failure of the U.S. transportation network to meet the needs of a growing population and economy is already having an impact on everything from safety to the environment, from ...
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AmCham Joins the U.S. Ambassador on ReDiscovery Tour (June 19, 2008)
On June 11, under menacing skies in Esbjerg, Stephen Brugger, AmCham Denmark, and Paul Schofield, Hess Denmark, joined U.S. Ambassador Cain on the 27th day of his ReDiscovery bicycle tour.
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Campaign Comment: 10 Big Senate Races (June 18, 2008)
John McCain and Barack Obama are about to shoot out of the gates for the 2008 presidential horse race. So are a bunch of U.S. Senate candidates.
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Commentary: Failure of Immigration Reform--One Year Later (June 17, 2008)
It's been a year since a hard fought, bipartisan, comprehensive immigration reform plan collapsed in the United States Senate among much rancor and finger-pointing. The emotionally charged debate rifted the ...
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Nominations Open for 2008 Foreign Company of The Year Award (June 11, 2008)
AmCham Denmark is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for AmCham's Foreign Company of The Year Award.
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Commentary: A Return to Common Sense on Climate Change (June 10, 2008)
It's amazing how facing an important vote can focus a senator's mind. That's exactly what happened late last week when members of the U.S. Senate seriously weighed the price tag ...
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The Value of Transatlantic Partnerships (June 05, 2008)
In a globalized world security challenges are becoming more complex and demanding, and with each passing day the value of partnerships is strongly reinforced.
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Commentary: The Energy Crisis of 2008 (June 03, 2008)
In just one year, crude oil prices have soared from $65 per barrel to as high as $135. The price of gas is now $4 a gallon. These runaway energy prices ...
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Campaign Comment: Vice Presidents – The Track Record (May 29, 2008)
Both nominees’ vice-presidential choices will be this summer’s biggest stories in the race for the White House.
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Commentary: A Health Care System That Works for Everyone (May 27, 2008)
Last week we discussed how America is having the wrong conversation about health care--one that does not comprehensively address all of our major health care challenges and sets the wrong ...
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Commentary: The Wrong Conversation on Health Care (May 20, 2008)
We are having the wrong conversation on health care in this country. Or, at best, an incomplete conversation. And we are setting the wrong expectations for the American people. Nowhere is ...
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Campaign Comment: McCain, Obama and Bubba (May 14, 2008)
Democrats and Republicans are planning how to piece together the voters they will need to win in November. It’s something of a puzzle, and voters called Bubba are key pieces of that puzzle.
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Commentary: Keeping Score on Climate Change Proposals (May 13, 2008)
Only a real policy wonk could hope to sort out the dizzying array of complex proposals to address global climate change--cap-and-trade, emission credits, carbon sequestration, etc. But regardless of how ...
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Danish Healthcare: Problems and Potential (May 09, 2008)
AmCham members can and should be key partners in the process of improving Denmark’s healthcare system.
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Campaign Comment: The Democratic Veep Sweeps, Part 2 (May 06, 2008)
The eventual Democratic nominee for president will consider many factors in choosing a running mate.
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Commentary: A Simple Step To Ease Pressure on Oil Prices (May 06, 2008)
Sky-high oil and gas prices are socking Americans right in their wallets. The average price for a gallon of gasoline is more than $3.60. Oil prices are hovering around a ...
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ECACC Transatlantic Business Conference (April 29, 2008)
The European Council of American Chambers of Commerce (ECACC) held its annual meeting in Washington, DC on April 6-9, which was attended by the senior leadership from 27 AmChams.
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Campaign Comment: The Democratic Veep Sweeps, Part 1 (April 28, 2008)
The biggest question remaining for the Democrats is whether their presidential nominee will be Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton. The second biggest: who will be the vice-presidential nominee?
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AmCham to Søvndal: Foreign Companies Crucial (April 23, 2008)
Rising political star Villy Søvndal met with about 40 AmCham Denmark members at a Meet the Leaders session on April 23 hosted by Deloitte.
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Commentary: Small Business: America's Unsung Heroes (April 22, 2008)
Small business owners are America's unsung heroes. The nation's 27 million small businesses represent more than 99% of all employers, account for about half of all private sector workers, and ...
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Crime & Safety: What Your Company Needs to Know (April 21, 2008)
Recent news coverage of riots and brazen street crimes in Copenhagen would seem to indicate rampant crime here. But Denmark and its capital remain very safe and secure, remarkably so.
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Commentary: Illicit--The Dark Trade--Must See TV (April 15, 2008)
Last week we discussed how the theft of intellectual property (IP) is really an attack on innovation and ideas, two things that drive America's economy. It's easy to cite statistics that ...
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Campaign Comment: The Republican Veep Sweeps (April 09, 2008)
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain faces a crucial choice, the most important of his campaign for the presidency so far: his vice president.
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Commentary: The Paulson Blueprint (April 08, 2008)
Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson recently announced a sweeping plan to overhaul the rules and structures governing our financial markets. Many of the Secretary's recommendations were based on ideas the U.S. ...
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Minister for Taxation Joins AmCham Roundtable (April 07, 2008)
AmCham Denmark hosted an executive roundtable session with the Danish Minister for Taxation Kristian Jensen and Otto Brøns-Petersen, Deputy Permanent Secretary.
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Commentary: Pay to Play On Climate Change (April 01, 2008)
Sunday night on "60 Minutes," former Vice President Al Gore said he is launching a three-year, $300 million campaign aimed at mobilizing Americans to push for aggressive reductions in greenhouse ...
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Washington Bureau Chief Assesses 2008 Race (March 27, 2008)
Although John McCain may have the edge right now, all bets are off in the highly unusual 2008 presidential race.
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Campaign Comment: The Tipping Point? (March 25, 2008)
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson didn’t get far as a Democratic presidential candidate this year. Then why did his recent endorsement of Barack Obama command so much attention?
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Commentary: Subprime Crisis: Better--Not More--Regulation Needed (March 18, 2008)
The subprime crisis and credit crunch have rejuvenated a public dialogue about the regulation of the U.S. capital markets. By capital markets, I'm talking about the vast array of financial products ...
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AGM Reviews a Pivotal Year, Looks Ahead (March 13, 2008)
AmCham Denmark has reviewed accounts, approved its budget, named its board, and set goals to build on the successes of 2007.
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Campaign Comment: Twists and Turns (March 12, 2008)
The race for the Democratic presidential nomination this year already has had more twists and turns than a NASCAR road course.
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Commentary: The Chamber's Position on Global Climate Change (March 11, 2008)
Most Americans have decided that climate change is happening and that human activity is a contributing factor. Today, the real debate is over what to do about it. Policymakers and ...
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Meeting global challenges: Strengthening the Transatlantic Partnership (March 05, 2008)
Senior Vice President Dan Christman, Distinguished members and guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me here today to share with you my thoughts on strengthening the Transatlantic Partnership – a ...
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AmCham Executives Meet with the Minister for Employment (March 05, 2008)
AmCham executives hosted an executive roundtable session with the Danish Minister for Employment Claus Hjort Frederiksen and members of his team.
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Campaign Comment: Can McCain? (March 05, 2008)
This is supposed to be a Democratic presidential election year, and for persuasive reasons.
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Commentary: Straight Talk on Trade (March 04, 2008)
Primaries in Texas and Ohio today could determine the Democratic nominee for president. For many voters, the election will be a referendum on free trade, particularly the North American Free ...
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Agreement between the United States and Denmark on Social Security (February 28, 2008)
The Agreement Between the United States of America and the Kingdom of Denmark on Social Security, consists of two separate instruments: a principal and an administrative arrangement.
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Campaign Comment: Fall Colors (February 26, 2008)
You can be sure that the general election campaign this fall will be about colors. Red, blue and purple, that is.
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Commentary: A Gaping Hole in Americans' Education (February 26, 2008)
For too long, America's education system has failed to equip students with the knowledge they need to make good financial decisions. An alarming number of adults are unable to balance ...
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Commentary: About Those Trial Lawyers ... (February 19, 2008)
Some of you thought I gave trial lawyers a bad rap in my piece two weeks ago about how the business community was challenging attempts by the plaintiffs' bar to ...
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Campaign Comment: Dependence on Independents (February 18, 2008)
There are many, many factors that determine election outcomes, but independent voters are a very important, potentially decisive, one.
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Highly qualified foreigners say “No Thanks”! (February 18, 2008)
It’s no secret that currently Denmark is experiencing a shortage of highly qualified labor.
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Compare the Candidates on Business Issues (February 16, 2008)
Not sure where the presidential candidates stand on important business issues? With the presidential primary season in full swing, now's the time to find out.
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AmCham Raised DKK 10.000 for Flag Football in Danish Schools (February 14, 2008)
At the AmCham/DAFF Super Bowl XLII Party on February 3, event organizers raised DKK 10.000 for the School Flag Football initiative.
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Commentary: Presidential Candidates Shun Education Issue (February 12, 2008)
Americans have been captivated by the drama, excitement, and twists and turns of the presidential race. The major candidates have been drawing huge crowds. More people than ever are watching ...
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AmCham White Paper Focused on Keeping Denmark Competitive (February 06, 2008)
We are pleased to present our white paper – Keeping Denmark Competitive: Short and long term solutions to the shortage of highly qualified labor.
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AmCham / DAFF Super Bowl Party Gathers 200 Night Owls (February 05, 2008)
AmCham Denmark and DAFF welcomed 200 members and guests on February 3 to the Scandic Copenhagen for an exciting evening of American football.
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Commentary: Economic Stimulus That Works (February 03, 2008)
You've heard me say it before--Congress must pass an economic stimulus package as soon as possible to help jumpstart the economy, get credit flowing again, and create jobs. The U.S. ...
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Commentary: A Time Out on Trade? (January 30, 2008)
Is America afraid to compete? Poll after poll shows that when it comes to trade, Americans not only view themselves as losers, but as victims. Trade and globalization have become scapegoats ...
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Commentary: Big Labor, the Elections, and You (January 22, 2008)
The Wall Street Journal ran a story last week that should be a wake-up call to the business community. The article says big labor is "growing new political muscles" and ...
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6th Annual Dinner Party at Rydhave - Riveting (January 21, 2008)
AmCham Denmark’s 6th annual New Year's Patron Member Dinner exceeded all expectations.
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Diplomats and Members Help Open AmCham’s New Offices (January 17, 2008)
AmCham Denmark’s January 16 Membership Reception was an old-fashioned ribbon cutting ceremony, complete with golden scissors and velvet rope.
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President Bush amends tax treaty between Denmark and the U.S. (January 16, 2008)
With President Bush's signature on the protocol to amend the existing 1999 income tax treaty between Denmark and the U.S., a long ratification process ended between the two countries.
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Campaign Comment: Insurgents Are Usually Out (January 15, 2008)
AmCham Denmark offers its members "Campaign Comment", a continuing series of articles taking a look at the 2008 U.S. presidential election as it unfolds.
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Commentary: America at the Crossroads (January 15, 2008)
America is at a crossroads. While the fundamentals of our economy and society remain strong, our future is clouded by Washington's failure to seriously address the core competitive challenges that ...
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America is at a Crossroads (January 08, 2008)
While the fundamentals of our economy and society remain strong, our future is clouded by Washington’s failure to seriously address the core competitive challenges that will drive growth, opportunity, and prosperity in the 21st century.
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Commentary: What Is the State of American Business? (January 08, 2008)
In prior years, the U.S. Chamber been able to describe the state of the American economy in a single word or phrase. Not this year. There are both positive and negative signs to point to.
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