Morning newspapers – 14 September 2007

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VVD leader Mark Rutte tried to stop the Telegraaf from running its front page article on Thursday in which Rita Verdonk's criticism of the VVD is quoted. The newspaper has revealed that Rutte's spokesperson offered the newspaper a pre-publication copy of the speech he plans to give at the party conference this weekend. The speech was offered on condition that the article on Verdonk not be printed. Verdonk's expulsion from the faction was in direct response to the particular article. "The gnawing question n

VVD leader Mark Rutte tried to stop the Telegraaf from running its front page article on Thursday in which Rita Verdonk's criticism of the VVD is quoted. The newspaper has revealed that Rutte's spokesperson offered the newspaper a pre-publication copy of the speech he plans to give at the party conference this weekend. The speech was offered on condition that the article on Verdonk not be printed. Verdonk's expulsion from the faction was in direct response to the particular article. "The gnawing question now is whether Rita Verdonk would still be a member of the VVD faction if the Telegraaf had accepted this deal," the paper writes.

Spits was the only national paper not to run a photo of Rita Verdonk on the front page; the free paper instead ran a picture of the Police, who played at the Amsterdam ArenA on Thursday evening.

Most of the papers talked of a crisis in the VVD and the danger of a major rift in the party. "The liberals smell blood," De Pers writes. De Pers and the Volkskrant both report that the Liberal Network – a group of small business owners within the VVD – plans to submit a motion at the VVD conference this weekend demanding the resignation of faction leader Rutte and party chairman Van Zanen.

A newspaper advertisement calls on Rutte and Verdonk to reconcile their differences. It is after all National Reconciliation day on Friday. "People with a serious conflict who want to settle it" are welcome at the University of Tilburg today, the Brabants Dagblad writes. The Council for Legal Assistance hopes Reconciliation Day can raise awareness to the possibility of mediation, a form of conflict settlement which can prevent cases from going to court.

Extreme right-wing politician Michiel Smit has been missing for months, the AD writes. The newspaper says the search is on for the founder of Nieuw Rechts, who was forced to give up his seat on the city council in Lansingerland when it emerged that he did not live in the municipality. De Volkskrant reports that Smit is no longer a politician, but is now a journalist writing for the website laatstenieuws.nl. "Politics is a closed chapter for me," Smit says. "I went through too much misery in my years as a politician. I am now concentrating purely on journalism. I report mainly on national and political topics, and travel."

The advice hotline for children – the Kindertelefoon – is going to change its way of working. The 750 volunteers will not only have to listen from now on, but also take action, the GPD newspapers report. Children in serious need of help will be connected straight through to a professional help provider starting from the middle of next year. The volunteers will be trained to recognise serious situations and introduce a professional helper into the telephone conversation.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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