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De Telegraaf, Bos sorry for 'deadly' criticism of CDA health plan

De Telegraaf

Bos sorry for 'deadly' criticism of CDA health plan

Problems persist with the Labour PvdA election campaign. Party leader Wouter Bos was forced on Tuesday to back down against Christian Democrat CDA leader Jan Peter Balkenende after a PvdA MP had wildly criticised the CDA.

Homes even more expensive

House prices will continue to rise in 2007, the Rabobank has forecast in its quarterly housing market report. Next year, prices are forecast to rise on average 3.5 percent. The price of an average home is EUR 241,000, an increase of 6.2 percent compared with the third quarter of 2005.

Problems with ID checks

The system of compulsory checks of passports and driving licences within businesses is failing. As a result, the Dutch government is missing out on up to EUR 3 billion via its anti-fraud efforts. Companies are barely able to identify forgeries, a survey of temping agencies, the cleaning industry and agriculture firms has found.

De Volkskrant

Zalm: Balkenende is a scared PM

Christian Democrat CDA Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende has become a "frightened prime minister" and avoids difficult or necessary measures because he is scared of the voter, Liberal VVD Deputy Prime Minister Gerrit Zalm said.


Hunt for top criminal

Police are searching for top criminal Dino S., an associate of Willem Holleeder. He was meant to be arrested two weeks ago but the operation failed. S. is believed to be abroad.


Confusion around homecare

The feared mass redundancies in the homecare industry will probably not take place. Instead, cleaning companies that perform homecare tasks could encounter massive problems. Cleaning companies are obligated to take on homecare staff who would otherwise find themselves out of work, trade union CNV Publieke Zaak said.


Free newspaper without PcM

PcM Uitgevers has withdrawn from the project of establishing a new free newspaper with entrepreneur Marcel Boekhoorn. The report was confirmed by Boekhoorn. The first edition of the new newspaper will be published at the start of next year.

Het Financieele Dagblad

Banks do battle with stock exchanges

European stock markets will face serious competition from next year, when seven international banks will launch their own stock market. The banks will be able to trade shares for their clients at lower costs on their own stock market.

Nederlands Dagblad

Thousands without gas or lighting

Thousands of people are again at threat of losing gas and electricity in the winter months, despite a Cabinet promise that after 1 October no households could be cut off from essential services. The legislation ensuring that people would be reconnected to gas and power for the winter months has not yet been enacted.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

Subject: Dutch news

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