Dutch news in brief, Wednesday 23 September 2009
Read the roundup of today's Dutch press from Radio Netherlands.Cabinet solves shopping Sunday dispute
Trouw reports that the cabinet - a three-party coalition comprised of the Christian Democrats, the Labour Party and the Christian Union - has finally solved the long-running dispute over Sunday shopping by agreeing to postpone tacking the law for a year.
The opposition parties and many towns and cities in the Netherlands want to scrap the ban on Sunday opening; many municipalities have circumvented the law by declaring huge areas as tourist attractions, thereby allowing shops to open.
Trouw writes Christian parties in the coalition have been demanding that municipalities strictly adhere to the 12 shopping Sundays per year law and stop dodging the law by declaring every street with a shop as a tourist attraction.
Dutch pilot arrested on suspicion for carrying out ‘death flights’
De Volkskrant writes that a Transavia pilot was arrested at Valencia airport by Spanish police on suspicion of carrying out 'death flights' during the 1976 to 1983 Argentinean dictatorship.
The pilot, who holds dual Dutch and Argentinean citizenship, was hauled out of the cockpit shortly before takeoff. The Argentinean junta got rid of opponents by throwing them out of aeroplanes flying above the sea.
The pilot's arrest led to a long delay for passengers who arrived back at Schiphol at about 3 am, eight hours later than originally planned. The airline had to fly a new crew in from Amsterdam in order to get the plane back to the Netherlands.
Passengers say they had no idea what was going on; Transavia only announced the flight was delayed because the fact that the pilot was unable to carry out his duties.
Unemployed people over 55 to work as carers?
In an interview with Trouw, Professor Lans Bovenberg, an economist allied to the Christian Democrat CDA party says that unemployed people between the ages of 55 and 75 should be required to work as carers in exchange for pension rights and payments. According to the professor, the move would solve the chronic shortage of carers.
The CDA economist admitted: "it is paternalistic to require people to work in exchange for government benefits… but thinks it will lead to a healthy change in the social climate in the Netherlands".
De Telegraaf reports if part-timers working in the healthcare branch were to work an extra two hours per week, the sector would need to fill 75,000 fewer jobs.
The Netherlands is experiencing a chronic shortage of personnel for hospitals, old people's homes and other healthcare facilities.
Minister proposes breathalysing pedestrians
De Telegraaf reports Interior Minister Guusje ter Horst has proposed a change to the law that would allow police to breathalyse pedestrians.
According to the minister, the change will help to prevent drunken and aggressive people causing problems in areas with lots of cafés and bars.
De Telegraaf writes the minister believes that many problems in entertainment districts are caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
At present, the law allows police officers to breathalyse motorists and people riding mopeds and scooters but pedestrians are exempt, even though public drunkenness is a punishable offence.
Radio Netherlands / Jacqueline Carver / Expatica