Morning newspapers – 19 September 2007

19th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

As was to be expected, the budget presented yesterday on Prinsjesdag was the main story in most of the morning newspapers. "Pay up!" is the headline in the Telegraaf. The paper focuses on the fact that the hardest workers in the Netherlands will be "hit" in 2008. A number of "ordinary" people are quoted on the front page: "Anything extra you earn you've got to hand right in" and "Nothing is being done for businesses." The AD says that primarily the "pleasure lovers" will have a more difficult time of it.

As was to be expected, the budget presented yesterday on Prinsjesdag was the main story in most of the morning newspapers. "Pay up!" is the headline in the Telegraaf. The paper focuses on the fact that the hardest workers in the Netherlands will be "hit" in 2008.  A number of "ordinary" people are quoted on the front page: "Anything extra you earn you've got to hand right in" and "Nothing is being done for businesses." The AD says that primarily the "pleasure lovers" will have a more difficult time of it. The Volkskrant runs the headline "Ambitions temper purchasing power." Trouw's headline is "Share fairly, is the motto."

Despite all the news on Prinsjesdag, there was attention to other news as well. The Telegraaf reports that most incidents at New Year's take place in predominantly strict Christian towns. This conclusion followed on a study by the police academy in Apeldoorn. Researcher Otto Adang says it is commonly accepted in towns in the "bible belt" that "anything goes" on New Year's Eve. "They seem to think God looks the other way for a moment at 12 o'clock."

More news on crime. A group of young Moroccans in Amsterdam threatens to grow into the new bosses of the Dutch underworld, says Willem Woelders, head of investigation in Amsterdam, in an interview with the AD. The boys started out as "small time criminals" about five years ago but will take the place of Willem Holleeder & Co. within about two years, Woelders says. Woelders also talks about Holleeder in the interview. There are reportedly indications that the crime boss was involved in 12 or 13 killings.

De Pers has a remarkable front page today. Not only because there is no picture of Prinsjesdag but also because of the layout. A number of colourfully laid out quotes show the view foreigners have of the Netherlands. "Flowers, pot and Beatrix, a great lady," "Haughty and arrogant, self satisfied," "Your country is so clean," and "An old-fashioned country."

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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