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INTERVIEW: Need to 'demystify' ECFA: Danish analyst

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

Danielsen said some might argue that the ECFA was too technical to understand, but the public did understand the big picture and knew what was best for Taiwan.

Commenting on the KMT's recent election defeats, Danielsen said it might be a good thing because it was healthier for Taiwan's democracy to have a stronger opposition party.

It was crucial to have a strong opposition in Taiwan to keep the ruling party in check, he said, adding that the same theory should apply to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) if it was in power.

By the same token, President Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) plunging popularity might not be a bad thing because Ma may be more humble before the people, he said. “More humble behavior would benefit leaders. They need to listen and admit that they are not perfect and make mistakes. That is what democracy is about. It's about making mistakes, listening to people, going into dialogue with people and not blaming other people but thinking about what I can do better.”

Although he said it was a good thing for the DPP to focus on national identity, the party must also court political moderates and develop a broader platform of issues in addition to sovereignty.

“Of course, I personally support the direction of Taiwan independence, but it should be the Taiwanese people who decide their own future,” he said. “You cannot decide that now ... It's time for considering what is best for Taiwan.”

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