Morning newspapers – 27 August 2007

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Many of the newspapers covered the forest fires in Greece. The Volkskrant reported on the horrors of the inferno: "I've seen people burn to death in their cars," says governor Christos Kafiras of Elis. "I've seen the charred body of a woman clinging to her children," says another.

Many of the newspapers covered the forest fires in Greece. The Volkskrant reported on the horrors of the inferno: "I've seen people burn to death in their cars," says governor Christos Kafiras of Elis. "I've seen the charred body of a woman clinging to her children," says another.

In addition to the horror at the dead and wounded the papers report on the government's failure to put an end to the situation and the fact that the fires have probably been set. The arsonists have done "more damage in one summer than the Germans during the whole occupation," a soldier of the Greek crisis management unit tells the AD. He also explains the motive behind the fires around Athens. "The land around the city is allocated for agriculture and forests, but is worth a great deal of money if it can be developed. And that is usually what happens if the vegetation is burned down."

Plans from State secretary Sharon Dijksma (Labour PvdA) to change the financing for special education are criticised sharply in Trouw today. The criticism comes from former MP and fellow PvdA member Ella Kalsbeek, chairperson of the board of Amsterdam youth aid organisation Altra. Currently money is available for each student who is referred to special education. In future Dijksma would like to earmark a fixed amount each year for students needing this kind of help. "If it is an annual amount, children can no longer be helped," says Kalsbeek. "The quality of special education will drop, the waiting lists will grow," she predicts.

Euro notes are too boring, says the Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), especially compared to the colourful guilder notes of the past. The AD reports this. At the DNB's request an Amsterdam advertising agency has made proposals for the design of new euro notes. The notes could bear a national symbol for instance (windmills for the Netherlands, the tower of Pisa for Italy) or the face of a famous European. A more attractive design would aim to "strengthen the emotional connection" with the notes.

Police forces leave dozens of child pornography cases on the shelf each year, allowing suspects to evade prosecution. Chris Groeneveld, head of the national police force's team for combating chid porn, says this in the AD today. "Despite excellent cooperation, investigations are regularly left on the shelf." The files with reports – coming from colleagues abroad or the Child porn and Cyber crime reporting offices – are passed on to the regional police forces. Groeneveld says that regional forces often give priority to other crimes however.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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