13 November 2006 - morning
De Telegraaf, Corus gives 5pc more salary
Corus gives 5pc more salary
The 10,000 Dutch workers of steelmaker Corus will receive a permanent 5.25 percent pay rise over the next two years. Corus has also issued a guarantee of employment at the IJmuiden-based firm for the next five years.
Ford S-Max 'Car of the Year'
The new Ford S-Max has been chosen the Car of the Year 2007. With 235 points, the S-Max narrowly defeated the Opel Corsa by two points. The Citroën C4 Picasso ended third with 222 points.
Outrage has erupted in New Zealand following the gruesome kidnapping and robbery of a recently married Dutch couple. The husband was also forced to watch the rape of his wife. Police have launched a massive manhunt for the two male suspects.
Oosterhuis challenges Verdonk to a debate
Priest, poet, theologist and Socialist SP candidate Huub Oosterhuis wants a debate with Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk about her asylums policy. He sent an invitation to Verdonk by mail last weekend. Oosterhuis sparked controversy recently by comparing the actions of the immigration service IND to the deportation of Jews in World war II. Verdonk later refused his invitation for a debate.
Wouter, 'this is tough politics'
Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos should stop complaining about the harsh criticism he receives, but simply hit back. "He is not in kindergarten. This is hard politics," campaign strategists Dig Ishta and Jacques Monasch said.
Bos must punch with the left
Labour PvdA leader Wouter Bos would be stronger in his campaign against the Christian Democrat CDA if he chose for a left-wing coalition involving the PvdA, Socialist SP and green-left GroenLinks, two prominent Labour members have said. Former government minister Margreeth de Boer and former Senator Joop van den Berg believe there is just one possibility left to help lift the PvdA election campaign out of the quagmire.
Het Financieele Dagblad
Taxes to leave building industry with cash problem
Construction firms expect financial problems because they will have to pay much more tax next year. Tax claims of hundreds of millions of euros are looming for the industry, a letter from branch association Bouwend Nederland to the Senate has indicated.
Windfall for government
The government has received a windfall of EUR 1.7 billion, Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm told newspaper De Telegraaf on Saturday.
CDA wants asylum for children after primary school
The Christian Democrat CDA wants to give asylum to the families from the 26,000 asylum seekers at the centre of the amnesty debate whose children have finished primary school, party spokesman Wim de Camp said on Saturday at a discussion over refugees.
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Subject: Dutch news