Morning newspapers – 21 November 2007

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"What do politicians do when they really cannot agree? Appoint a committee." De Pers writes this laconically today on the outcome of the cabinet meeting on redundancy legislation. Other newspapers, like Trouw, put the emphasis on the cabinet crisis that was barely avoided. "Cabinet skims along the edge of the abyss."

"What do politicians do when they really cannot agree? Appoint a committee." De Pers writes this laconically today on the outcome of the cabinet meeting on redundancy legislation. Other newspapers, like Trouw, put the emphasis on the cabinet crisis that was barely avoided. "Cabinet skims along the edge of the abyss."

A "most wanted" list will be published on the internet, the AD reports. The most wanted fugitives will be listed with their photo and description on a website. The justice department hopes this will involve the public more in tracking down fugitives. Diederik Greive, chairman of the National Selection Committee for Wanted Notices of the public prosecution department, says it often takes too long before a wanted notice with photos of the suspect is disseminated. "Issuing a wanted notice quickly can sometimes make a big difference."

The AD revisits the defence department's blunder which allowed classified information to be accessed on the internet. The newspaper says that some of this information can still be found online, namely a document containing the names and functions of thousands of navy employees. Amsterdam professor of information science Chris Verhoef says that the defence department should quickly investigate what damage the leaking of the classified information may have caused. "The leadership at the military should investigate how often the information was downloaded, by whom and in which countries."

Anne Frank expert David Barnouw of the NIOD (Netherlands Institute for War Documentation) is surprised at the commotion about the tree outside the Annex where the Frank family hid during WWII, he said on Goedemorgen Nederland on Wednesday. He says the fuss about the proposed felling of the "Anne Frank tree" can be attributed to the growth in popularity of Anne Frank in the Netherlands, after her "excessive popularity" abroad for years. "Everything to do with Anne Frank is now quickly becoming a hype." Barnouw expects that the discussion will flare up again in a few years if another attempt is undertaken to have the tree felled.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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