Dutch news in brief. Thursday 27 November 2008
Find out what’s the latest news in the Netherlands in the roundup of today’s press from Radio Netherlands.27 November 2008
Dutch bankers questioned in parliament
On Wednesday, nine of the Netherlands' top bankers appeared in the lower house of parliament to answer questions about the financial crisis.
De Volkskrant opens its coverage with the headline, "Our bankers are blameless".
The article sarcastically notes that MPs have been discussing Dutch bankers for several months - their bonuses are too high, we've given them millions but they still won't lend any money, they haven't learned a single lesson from the crisis - and now that the bankers are in the lower house, MPs can't seem to get a grip on the bankers or the issues.
The paper writes that one MP tried to pin them down: "it appears as though it's not the fault of the bankers, the regulators or the shareholders, but meanwhile billions have flown out of the window and you lot behave as though it was all a surprise".
According to de Volkskrant, it was the only attempt to get a proper answer and the bankers dominated the rest of the hearing, telling MPs: "US banks sold us large financial packages that later proved to contain toxic debts and we didn't know".
Dutch Moroccans furious at “expats” remarks
A press release issued by Morocco's High Council for Migrants that referred to Dutch-Moroccans as 'expats' has aroused fury among Dutch people of Moroccan origin.
Trouw interviews several prominent members of the community. One said: "Rabat sees us as eternal subjects, but we're not, we're Dutch" while another says: "this doesn't help with integration. It's so patronising".
The council will be in the Netherlands next week but there is little enthusiasm for the visit and even less sympathy for its view that "expats must be allowed to maintain their Moroccan identity".
The publicist Ali Eddaoudi says, we're Dutch people with Moroccan roots that are getting shorter all the time. Rabat needs to realise that once and for all".
Expensive kindergartens in 2009
AD has bad news for working parents: kindergartens will be "hundreds of euros more expensive in 2009". The paper also reports that one in five crèches will charge more than the maximum allowed by the government.
The MO-Group, an organisation representing childcare companies, says the price rise is unavoidable due to the sharp rise in gas and electricity prices and significant rent hikes.
Trouw interviews the chair of the Dutch FNV union who says: "In recent years, there has been an increase in the number of working mothers, their taxes contribute to the welfare of the Dutch state. If childcare costs go up, it will drive working mothers back to the kitchen sink. The cabinet has to realise the consequences of their actions."
Police’s trap help capture burglars
A trap set by police in The Hague has proved extremely successful; officers netted five burglars and are now looking for a sixth.
The operation is aimed at reducing the number of break-ins in the Schilderswijk, a neighbourhood covering just one square kilometre that has had 280 break-ins so far this year. Undercover officers rented an apartment and had it re-decorated. However, the decorators weren't painting and plastering, they were fitting the apartment with sophisticated cameras and alarm systems.
The cheese in the trap was an empty flat screen TV box left on the balcony. Just 50 minutes after the undercover cops left, burglars broke in and nicked everything. The entire burglary was caught on camera and police managed to arrest one person immediately as he was robbing the downstairs apartment as well.
[Radio Netherlands / Jacqueline Carver / Expatica]