Morning newspapers – 12 September 2007

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There is division in the Christian Democrat CDA over the cabinet's plans, the Telegraaf reports. A number of MPs do not agree with the planned income measures, like the changes to the child benefit. The CDA wants to stand up for middle incomes, the paper reports, which will be hurt by the cabinet's plans.

There is division in the Christian Democrat CDA over the cabinet's plans, the Telegraaf reports. A number of MPs do not agree with the planned income measures, like the changes to the child benefit. The CDA wants to stand up for middle incomes, the paper reports, which will be hurt by the cabinet's plans.

The members of the Council of State are chosen too much along political lines rather than expertise. A number of academics and politicians argue in Trouw for a new appointment policy at this important and powerful advisory body. The bill for modernisation of the Council of State that has been prepared does not go far enough, they say. Professor Nico Baakman says that political sympathies should not be taken into account to such a degree when filling vacancies on the council. "It is not at all a representative body, that is what we have Parliament for. The Council of State should only be about candidates' expertise."

Terneuzen is going to place road signs to direct visitors to coffeeshops, the Telegraaf writes. Alderman Co van Schaik sees the coffeeshops as a source of trade for the city. "As alderman for transport and traffic, to me they are simply shops that draw a great many visitors, like Ikea for instance and the large supermarkets. If you want to get there, road signs are in place to guide motorists to those places. We have decided to do the same for coffeeshops, however strange it may sound."

Many newspapers reported on Education Minister Plasterk's statements that Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf should be freely available. Plasterk's comments came in response to Geert Wilders' call for the Koran to be banned, in much the same way as Hitler's book is currently banned. If we don't want to ban the Koran, then maybe we shouldn't ban Mein Kampf either, was the minister's reasoning. Absurd, Wilders says in the Volkskrant. "I argue to ban one book that sows hate – the Koran – and the cabinet wants to bring in another: Mein Kampf. You must have a very sick mind to think that up."

The Telegraaf reports on a violent incident in psychiatric clinic De Kijvelanden in Poortugaal, where a detainee stabbed a fellow inmate with a pair of scissors last weekend. The paper reports that the fight was so violent that three clinic workers were afraid to intervene. The one man stabbed the other 22 times before the victim could be rescued.

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Subject: Dutch news

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