Morning newspapers – 17 September 2007

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Mark Rutte did not allow VVD MP Rita Verdonk to take on the immigration policy portfolio. A spokesperson for Verdonk said this in the Volkskrant today. At the VVD party conference this weekend Rutte said that Verdonk was allowed to choose her portfolio and chose education and youth affairs. "I honoured that request in full," Rutte said. "I don't know what more I could have done." Verdonk however says she was allowed to choose any portfolio except for immigration policy. The regional GPD newspapers report t

Mark Rutte did not allow VVD MP Rita Verdonk to take on the immigration policy portfolio. A spokesperson for Verdonk said this in the Volkskrant today. At the VVD party conference this weekend Rutte said that Verdonk was allowed to choose her portfolio and chose education and youth affairs. "I honoured that request in full," Rutte said. "I don't know what more I could have done." Verdonk however says she was allowed to choose any portfolio except for immigration policy. The regional GPD newspapers report that Verdonk will announce on Monday that she is starting a new party.

Most newspapers focused on the role of the honorary members in their coverage of the VVD conference, and the diminished authority of one in particular: Hans Wiegel. "He has been called the oracle, but the VVD is not listening to him anymore," De Pers writes. Trouw reports that it was primarily a speech from Frits Bolkestein that swayed the conference to support Rutte. The Volkskrant gives this credit to Zalm however.

The Socialist SP receives a substantial tax break on the salary contributions it receives from its politicians, the Volkskrant reports. SP members hand over a large part of their income to the party and write this amount off on their taxes as a gift, at the instruction of the party executive. The tax break will yield EUR 400,000 for the party this year, the Volkskrant says. Tax experts do not see the relinquishment of salary as a voluntary gift, and therefore not deductible. After all, politicians who do not comply with the party regulation are expelled.

On the eve of Budget Day the Telegraaf warns that motorists will be the victim of tax measures the cabinet plans to announce, including a tax hike on diesel and LPG. The AD proposes an alternative: natural gas. The newspaper says that a number of large companies, including car manufacturers, will be actively promoting the use of cheap natural gas – not to be confused with LPG – as fuel in the near future. 250 petrol stations will be installing natural gas pumps; only seven currently offer this alternative.

Dutch residents who sell items online and accept Paypal payments have little recourse if they fall victim to swindlers, Metro reports. Buyers who claim that a purchase on eBay never arrived are given their money back, even if the seller can demonstrate that the product was delivered. Paypal does not mediate in disputes between buyers and sellers if packages have been sent by TNT post because the company's online tracking system for packages is reportedly not good enough. Paypal always gives the buyer the benefit of the doubt.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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