Morning newspapers – 29 November 2007

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Coalition partner Christian Democrats CDA and opposition parties Liberal VVD and Freedom Party PVV are furious with Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings. The Telegraaf says that the parties are shocked at the fact that the construction of dozens of motorways is being delayed for months once again. The major sticking point is the air quality testing. Earlier this year the expansion of the A4 near Leiden was stopped because of the effects the project could have on air quality. The PVV is even arguing that the

Coalition partner Christian Democrats CDA and opposition parties Liberal VVD and Freedom Party PVV are furious with Transport Minister Camiel Eurlings. The Telegraaf says that the parties are shocked at the fact that the construction of dozens of motorways is being delayed for months once again. The major sticking point is the air quality testing. Earlier this year the expansion of the A4 near Leiden was stopped because of the effects the project could have on air quality. The PVV is even arguing that the construction of new motorways be unlinked from air quality testing.

Trouw reports that there is little commotion among Muslims regarding the controversial film Geert Wilders is working on. The newspaper talked to a number of leading Muslims. Mohammed el Aissati of the site Maroc.nl says that Moroccans are experiencing a sort of Wilders-fatigue. While the PVV leader could count on furious reactions in the past, he is now being laughed off. Abdesamad Belhaj of the Voice of Democratic Moroccans in the Netherlands made reference to the murder of Theo van Gogh. "The Moroccan community learned a lot from that. No one wants a repeat," Belhaj says.

The Netherlands comes in fourth on a ranking of countries that spend emergency aid efficiently. The AD refers to a report that will be presented on Thursday by former UN head Kofi Annan. Despite the positive position of the Netherlands the report also mentions a negative point. Emergency assistance should be given blindly, but the Netherlands still spends too much time examining the political situation in certain areas.

The AD reports that the professional secrecy of doctors will be somewhat relaxed. The doctors' organisation KNMG is going to amend the reporting code for child abuse and that will give doctors more leeway to put their professional secrecy aside. Starting next year the alarm should be raised much sooner if doctors suspect that a child is being abused. Moreover the new reporting code will make it easier for doctors to confer with others who also deal with the child, his or her teachers for example.

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Subject: Dutch news

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