Morning newspapers – 17 April 2007

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All the newspapers reported on the shooting at the university in Virginia.

All the newspapers reported on the shooting at the university in Virginia.


Increase in break-ins

There has been an increase in the number of break-ins for the first time in years. About 67,000 homes were broken into last year, about 2,500 more than the previous year.

Witteman sows confusion over Wolkers sculpture

Television presenter Paul Witteman may say in his column that appears in Vara TV Magazine tomorrow that writer and sculptor Jan Wolkers lost an 80,000-euro commission because of the Pauw & Witteman live programme, but the truth is somewhat different. Members of the organisation commissioning the work already had doubts about hiring the controversial artist, even before a "racy passage" from Wolkers' diary was read aloud on the television show last month.

de Volkskrant

Still too few managers of ethnic background

Two thirds of employers in the Netherlands think the workplace should be a reflection of society, and yet only one-fifth actually hire enough people of minority background to achieve this.


Balkenende and Blair to oppose an EU "constitution"

The Netherlands is going to oppose a new European Constitution. Despite the fact that 20 countries have ratified the constitution, Balkenende wants an "ordinary" treaty.

No improvement in understanding between imam and council

The Tilburg city council has met with controversial imam Salam, but the meeting was not much of a success. "He is an extreme person."

De Telegraaf

Bank merger could cost 1,000 jobs

A merger between the Dutch activities of ABN Amro and those of Belgian-Dutch Fortis could cost up to a 1,000 jobs, FNV trade unions expect.

Defence budget under pressure

Ministers Wouter Bos (finance) and Eimert van Middelkoop (defence) are at loggerheads over the defence budget. Bos wants to cancel earlier agreements on extra financial support and is demanding that Van Middelkoop sell off more equipment in order to cover urgent shortages.

Het Financieele Dagblad

Philips asks investors to be patient

Philips financial director Pierre-Jean Sivignon is hoping that investors will give Philips the time to find a good use for its billions in extra capital. The company has given itself two years to allocate its extra financial resources.

Parliament shocked at chaos at UWV

Parliament is astonished at the problems at the tax authority and benefits administration agency UWV. The cooperation between the two agencies has led to major administrative chaos, which prevents them from processing information on salaries and social premiums.

No television screens in trains

The new intercity trains of the Netherlands Railways (NS) are on the rails, but are missing the television screens that were promised. The NS opted for a different information system at the last moment.

Nederlands Dagblad

Municipal council accepts officials

The Labour PvdA faction in the municipal council of Achtkarspelen has given up its opposition to marriage officials who refuse to perform same-sex marriages. The ChristenUnie, which serves on the council with the Christian democrat CDA and PvdA, says the party has made the best of the situation.

Wolfowitz acted on advice from Ad Melkert

World Bank director Paul Wolfowitz acted on advice from his colleague at the time Ad Melkert when arranging a new position for his girlfriend. This emerged from documents released by the World Bank.

De Pers

A very hot summer ahead

The coming summer promises to be the warmest ever. Average temperatures for the past several months have already been higher than usual. And the number of days warmer than 30 degrees has been increasing for the past 20 years.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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