Morning newspapers – 7 March 2007

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All newspapers carried reports on the family tragedy in Hengelo.

All newspapers carried reports on the family tragedy in Hengelo.

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Medical diet not covered

Thousands of patients, many suffering from serious allergies, cancer or respiratory ailments, are not being reimbursed by their insurers for a special diet, even though the doctor does regard these foods as necessary.

Best primary school group 8 is in London

The primary school to score the highest on the CITO is not even in the Netherlands, but in Woking, a small town south of London. The students there attend a private Dutch school for children of diplomats and multinationals.

de Volkskrant

European leaders should break away from the pack

European countries that want to do more for the environment should form a breakaway group. The European Commission hopes such a move will accelerate developments in environmental policy.

Senate is here to stay

Voters head reluctantly to the polls today after a listless campaign from the parties. Fewer and fewer Dutch have been voting in the provincial states elections, and thus indirectly for the senate, since compulsory voting was scrapped.


Keep provincial borders intact

The Dutch do not want to change the provincial borders. The visitors to the Kieskompas online, a site to help voters determine their position for the elections, say that the 12 provinces should continue to exist as they are.

Large offensive against the Taliban will take weeks

NATO and the Afghan army launched yesterday what they have called the largest joint operation ever, against the Taliban in the province of Helmand. Dutch troops are also taking part. Dutch combat helicopters and F16s are providing air support.

De Telegraaf

Vote also seen as verdict on cabinet

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende (Christian democrat CDA) and deputy prime ministers Wouter Bos (Labour PvdA) and André Rouvoet (ChristenUnie) will be watching the provincial states elections closely today. Firstly of course to see what the provincial governments and senate will look like, but also because they see the outcome of the voting also as a verdict from the voters on the newly sworn in government.

Guard at psychiatric clinic prosecuted

A guard at a clinic for patients who have been ordered by the court to undergo psychiatric treatment has been charged after using his truncheon against a patient that was misbehaving.

The incident took place at the end of September during a guarded transport to a hospital for prisoners in Scheveningen.

Het Financieele Dagblad

Wage increase lower than union demands

The wage increase in almost 60 collective labour agreements reached so far comes to an average of 2.16 percent. That is more than the inflation expected for this year but much less than the 3 percent that the large trade union confederations FNV and CNV were asking for in 2007.

"Women should be proud"

"The economic growth realised by women over the past years is greater than the growth of the internet and China combined." Former state secretary for economic affairs Karien van Gennip thinks that women should be proud of what they have achieved over the past years, she said during the annual meeting of the Financieele Dagblad and the Center for Sustainable Talent on Tuesday evening.

In power one day a week

Today we vote for the Provincial States, and by extension the senate.
Ed van Thijn talks about what he does in the senate. The newspaper also contains an overview of all the provincial issues.

New private hospital in Amsterdam

A new commercial cancer treatment hospital is to be built in Amsterdam. It will have 375 beds, and will be the fourth large cancer treatment centre in the capital.

Nederlands Dagblad

No burning issues at stake in today's elections

Depending on the weather, about half of the Dutch will most likely vote today for the parliament of their province, the Provincial States, today. What are these elections really about? "This is a beauty contest for the new government."

"Visiting prostitutes is immature"

Visiting prostitutes is a very damaging form of immature behaviour. The government should actively discourage it, argues Karina Schaapman in the Aletta Jacobs lecture today.

De Pers

Neelie Kroes reads the horoscopes

One of the most powerful women in Europe finds support in a particular form of spirituality: European Commissioner for Competition Neelie Kroes has consulted a personal astrologer for the past 15 years.

"Franeker will rise again"

The sinking of the town of Franeker is not irreversible. If salt mining is stopped, the area will return to its previous level.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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