This is a very insightful article from Spiegel and well worth a read. Better still, read the whole series.
Whilst the series respects democracy, it takes a hard look at decision-making in more authoritarian countries.
For me, the whole series seems to respect lessons to be learned from BRICs countries, notably China and Brazil but another important perspective is the power of lobbyists in the US. The context for the series, of course, is the crippled state of decision-making in Europe.