Morning newspapers – 7 May 2007

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All newspapers reported on Nicolas Sarkozy’s victory in the French presidential elections.

All newspapers reported on Nicolas Sarkozy’s victory in the French presidential elections.

De Telegraaf

Security cameras linked

Security at shopping centres, parking garages and business parks will improve dramatically now that all security cameras in a city will be linked to a central security control centre.

De Volkskrant

Speakers connected via satellite

The most important speakers at the fifth Palestinian conference in Europe were unable to attend the event in person but spoke to their “brothers and sisters” in Rotterdam via telephone or satellite conferencing.


Involve ethnic parents at school

The Platforms for Ethnic Parents and Education has the aim of involving parents of ethnic background more closely in their children’s school career. 25 parent groups have already been set up throughout the Netherlands.


Concern about mobile disaster alerts

Special interest organisations for the elderly are concerned about the new way of warning the public in the event of a disaster. The new system sends messages to the mobile telephones of persons in a disaster area and could eventually make warning sirens superfluous.

Van Agt denounces boycott of Hamas

The Christian democrat CDA has distanced itself from comments made by prominent party member Dries van Agt this weekend. At the Palestinian-European conference in Rotterdam Van Agt sad the boycott of the Palestinian government by the US and the EU is “foolish, unjustified and even reprehensible.”

Het Financieele Dagblad

Tendering of public transport not mandatory

The EU will not require the Netherlands to tender out public transport in the large cities. New regulations from Brussels allow the possibility of keeping city public transport out of the free market. There is limited leeway however, say sources in Brussels familiar with the regulations.

Banks brings out higher bid on LaSalle

The consortium of Fortis, Royal Bank of Scotland and Santander brought out a bid of USD 24.5 billion on ABN Amro subsidiary LaSalle this weekend. The consortium has also made a proposal to ABN Amro to discuss a bid that values the bank as a whole at EUR 39 per share, including a EUR 0.60 dividend.

Nederlands Dagblad

Haniyeh angry with Verhagen

Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh lashed out at the Dutch government during his satellite address to the Palestinian-European conference in Rotterdam on Saturday. Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen refused to give the Hamas politician permission to enter the Netherlands; his request for a visa was rejected.

De Pers

“RBS bids on LaSalle”

Insiders say the atmosphere at the Amsterdam Amstel Hotel was icy on Friday evening. Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Sir Fred Goodwin, ABN Amro CEO Rijkman Groenink and numerous negotiators met at the hotel to discuss the future of ABN Amro.

Mohammed B. in court one last time

Mohammed B. will appear in court on Wednesday as a witness in the appeal case against the Hofstad group. This may be the last time he is allowed to leave the high security prison in Vught. The 29-year-old is serving a life sentence for the murder of Theo van Gogh.

Limburgs Dagblad

Six injured in terrace accident

Six people were injured when a Mercedes convertible with French plates drove into a café terrace in Maastricht at about 6.30 pm on Sunday.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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