Dutch news in brief, Friday 3 April 2009

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Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.

G20 agrees range of measures to save global economy
Thursday's G20 summit in London and the side effects of the shattered world economy dominate Friday's Dutch dailies.

Most of the papers try to sum up the final agreement with a headline. "G20 gives IMF 750 billion," writes NRC.next while De Volkskrant's headline reads "G20 pumps billions into economy". Trouw proclaims "G20: evidence of a new order" while AD goes with the more emotive "Curb on bank bonuses".

De Telegraaf appears not to have noticed that the world's most powerful leaders had gathered in London to save the crumbling global economy as its front page has a photo of happy campers putting up a tent and a story about the Dutch football team being "seriously embarrassed by orgy in hotel bar after Scotland game."

Lower house of parliament considers banning loan commercials
The lower house of parliament is considering a bill that would ban loan ads between 6 am and 9 pm, so that unemployed people – presumably lounging around all day watching television – will not be seduced into borrowing money.

The bill, proposed by the Christian Democrats and the Labour Party, would also prevent loan companies from using adverts featuring shiny new cars, kitchens and other desirable items to lure the unsuspecting public into borrowing huge sums of money that they can't pay back.

Trouw writes that while most MPs are backing the proposal, the GreenLeft is calling for a ban until midnight and the Socialist party is investigating whether it is possible to ban the ads entirely.

Critics of the proposal point out that 75 percent of the adverts are aired after 9 pm so the ban won't actually achieve that much, reports AD.

The director of the DSB bank, which owns several major lending companies, dismissed the notion that the ads seduce unemployed people into taking out loans: "You can't borrow money from us if you don't have a job."

Lower house wants to end registration of second nationality
De Volkskrant reports that a majority of MPs are in favour of ending the practice whereby municipal registries record the second nationality of a child born to parents who hold dual nationality or who are second-generation Dutch nationals.

The Christian Democrats (CDA) and Labour announced plans to introduce a bill preventing civil servants from registering a child with a foreign country without consulting the parents. The opposition SP and VVD have announced their support for the bill.

CDA MP Miriam Sterk told NRC.next "The bill will stop civil servants registering a child with a foreign government without the parents’ consent. And that's how it should be."

The sensitive issue came under the spotlight again after a baby boy born in the Netherlands to a native Dutch father and a Dutch woman of Turkish origin was registered as a Turkish citizen by the city council despite the parents’ wishes. The boy will now have to do national service in the Turkish army when he turns 18.

Violent animal rights activists on the rise
NRC.next covers the release of a secret service (AIVD) report detailing the increase in violence by animal rights activists.

According to the AIVD, there has been a marked increase in the nature and frequency of violent protests by radical animal rights activists over the last six months.

The secret service suspects the increase is connected to the establishment of the Dutch branch of Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty (SHAC) in September 2008.

The international organisation is dedicated to stopping animal testing at Britain's Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS) and targets any company doing business with HLS.

Trouw reports that has been an increase in 'home visits' by SHAC protesters in the Netherlands at night. Activists go to the homes of people working with companies doing business with HSL and smash windows, torch vehicles and vandalise property.

The protests frequently turn very nasty; NRC.next writes that SHAC activists wrote: "We will kill your wife" on the house of the director of a company doing business with HSL.

Notaries launch price war
The global economic crisis can bring about unexpected benefits reports De Telegraaf. Notaries are feeling the pinch and have launched a price war!

AD writes that notaries are offering all sorts of gifts in order to entice people into using their services; some offices are giving away living room furniture sets, while others will treat you to lunch in a Michelin star restaurant.

The best news is that the cheapest last will and testament is now just EUR 119. There may be an economic crisis, but dying just got cheaper.

Radio Netherlands / Jacqueline Carver / Expatica

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