Morning newspapers – 31 August 2007

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The VAT rate will increase from 19 to 20 percent next year and driving a car will become more expensive. These are a few of the most important measures that the cabinet will present in the budget memorandum for next year, according to the Telegraaf and the Volkskrant. The proceeds from the increase to the VAT rate, EUR 2 billion, will be used to lower unemployment premiums. That will make labour cheaper and more people can be provided jobs.

The VAT rate will increase from 19 to 20 percent next year and driving a car will become more expensive. These are a few of the most important measures that the cabinet will present in the budget memorandum for next year, according to the Telegraaf and the Volkskrant. The proceeds from the increase to the VAT rate, EUR 2 billion, will be used to lower unemployment premiums. That will make labour cheaper and more people can be provided jobs.

Fear and anxiety among the patients of the Bernhoven hospital in Brabant. 500 patients may have been infected with hepatitis B, C or the HIV virus because of faulty equipment. "What if I'm infected, is that a death sentence?" patient Suzanne asks in the AD. "No one can guarantee that I'm not infected. I have to carry this burden around for six months." An enraged 66-year-old Willy Eijsvogels  says in the Telegraaf: "I am terribly afraid. I don't trust my own body any more."

A majority of the Dutch does not think the military mission in Uruzgan should be extended. More than a quarter says the troops should be withdrawn from Afghanistan immediately. This emerged from a survey by the AD. Respondents mainly had doubts about the usefulness of the mission. The cabinet will decide next month whether to extend the mission beyond 1 August of next year.

The NS opens the attack on traffic jams in the Telegraaf. The railways want to invest an extra EUR 3.5 billion in trains and navigation systems to offer motorists more park and rail facilities. President director Aad Veenman said this to the newspaper. One condition is however that the government invests an extra EUR 8  billion in expanding rail capacity. "There is no point in investing in extra trains if there are no extra rails," Veenman says. "The cabinet has to take part."

The Christian Democrat CDA fears criticism from within the party. Editor in chief of the magazine published by the CDA's research institute said this to Trouw. Thijs Jansen is fighting his dismissal in court. He came into conflict with Ab Klink, now public health minister, previously director of the research institute. Klink said the publication was much too controversial and was broaching politically sensitive topics. Jansen believes that this is precisely what the magazine should be doing in making the party examine its views. "But Klink doesn't want any criticism in the party's own magazine."

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