Morning newspapers – 8 February 2007
De Telegraaf, CPB Scraps AOW Compromise
CPB Scraps AOW Compromise
The new coalition’s compromise regarding the general old age pension (AOW), which had been so difficult to reach, is creaking at the seams.
The Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) said it was not realistic.
Parents Happy About Schoolbook Subsidy
Parents are happy that high school textbooks will become less expensive thanks to the subsidy of 300 euros per child.
Het Financieele Dagblad
The Dutch Tight Online Too
The Dutch are tight spenders, everyone knows that. A recent survey has shown that they are also tight spending money online. The Dutch purchase things on the internet more frequently than other Europeans, but want to pay less for what they buy, the survey carried out by the European Interactive Advertising Association showed.
Snow Coming: NS Cancels Trains
The Dutch weather forecast service KNMI has issued a weather alert as a heavy snowfall is expected across the whole country. Especially the evening rush hour is expected to experience problems.
Higher Incomes More Tax
Everyone with a higher income will pay more tax than they do today, reads the new coalition accord officially signed yesterday by the Christian Democrats (CDA), the labour Party (PvdA) and the ChristenUnie. The new government’s programme has got a motto: “Working Together, Living Together”.
CDA Wants Muslim Minister
A group of Christian Democrats (members of the CDA) have given an interesting recommendation to the new coalition: one of the CDA ministers should be a Muslim.
More Intensive University Education
Universities are going to step up educational programmes for the students in their first years. There will be more seminars introduced and the teachers will be encouraged to provide closer guidance to the students.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news