Morning newspapers – 16 November 2007

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The Dutch Cancer Society KWF Kankerbestrijding will soon publish a blacklist of alternative cancer treatments, the Volkskrant reports today. The list will be published online and serve as a warning to cancer patients seeking a cure in alternative medicine. Three years ago the Healthcare Inspectorate published a condemning report on alternative therapists, accusing them of "dealing in false hope."

The Dutch Cancer Society KWF Kankerbestrijding will soon publish a blacklist of alternative cancer treatments, the Volkskrant reports today. The list will be published online and serve as a warning to cancer patients seeking a cure in alternative medicine. Three years ago the Healthcare Inspectorate published a condemning report on alternative therapists, accusing them of "dealing in false hope."

The Telegraaf reports that motorists are going to have to seek other transport as traffic congestion gets worse. Car lease company Athlon is offering its 120,000 lease customers an NS Business Card for train travel. Tens of thousands of the motorists are expected to use the train regularly instead of driving. Athlon director Richard Sikkel admits it is "strange" that a car lease company is promoting train travel. "But it has become a bitter necessity. If this continues, there will be no possibility of driving on the roads anymore and that does not help us in the long term either."

Many newspapers reported on the appearance of the Dutch translation of the last instalment in the Harry Potter series. In an article on the cultural and social effects of "Pottermania" the GPD papers note the rise of "Wizard Rock," pop groups who take their names from the Potter books, like Harry and the Potters, The Womping Willows and The Mudbloods. There is also the Harry Potter Alliance, an organisation of socially involved Potter fans who promote the cause of Darfur, among others.

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende is under fire from the coalition parties, the Telegraaf writes. Labour PvdA and Christian democrats CDA accuse Balkenende of failing to provide leadership in the crisis surrounding changes to redundancy law. "He is not leading the cabinet. He is a hopeless prime minister," the newspaper quotes a PvdA MP as saying. CDA members think Balkenende is too hesitant and has not done enough to bring Minister Donner and the PvdA faction closer to each other, the Telegraaf reports.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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