Press Review Tuesday 13 July 2010
The World Cup is over, but the papers are still full of football. The Dutch team may have lost in the final, but they are still getting a massive 'victory' parade in Amsterdam; every detail save one is discussed ad infinitum - no one mentions how much it is going to cost the taxpayer. Interestingly enough, all the papers do report that there were a record number of bankruptcies in 2009 and the prospective coalition parties are negotiating record budget cuts.De Telegraaf plasters its front page with photographs of the Dutch football team: there’s one of two F-16s escorting the team plane into Dutch airspace, a second photo shows the players standing on the tarmac clutching bouquets of flowers and a third photo is of a large crowd of people waving as the team coach passes by. The players look pretty miserable in the photo: perhaps they had heard footballing legend Johan Cruijff's assessment of their performance in the final. Cruijff said the Dutch teams' performance was "ugly, rough and far too defensive". Do they really deserve to be treated as heroes? "Oranje expects a massive welcome," writes AD underneath a photograph of coach Bert van Marwijk looking extremely sour. "Despite the heartache of the loss, the Dutch team expects a huge welcome in Amsterdam today". At least a million fans are expected to travel to the Dutch capital to welcome the team," says the paper, but then contradicts it immediately with a huge headline that says "Dutch go on vacation en masse after World Cup loss". It appears that the Dutch are coming to terms with the defeat by going on holiday; one travel agency tells the paper that this week's bookings are 40 percent higher than last week's. Originally, the team would only be paraded through the canals if they had won the World Cup, but Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan tells the paper, "The players really wanted the victory parade through the canals". The front page of the sports section writes, "the team could barely muster a smile as they posed for photographers at Schiphol airport yesterday," and asks, "Will the parade soften the blow?" Dutch champions at fouling De Volkskrant writes that the Dutch team are foul play world champions: "Oranje were head and shoulders above the rest when it came to yellow cards, no one else even came close". The left-wing paper reports that Bert van Marwijk was asked if the Netherlands was taking part in a football tournament or a kung fu tournament. The paper says that if the referee had followed the regulations, Van Bommel and De Jong would have been sent off in the first half. The Netherlands star striker Wesley Sneijder told journalists after the match that the team had been robbed by the referee's decisions, but Trouw asks "did any of the players wonder why the Netherlands got more yellow cards than any other team?" and adds, "Dutch players have been known to delude themselves on more than one occasion". An editorial in De Volkskrant asks, "Was there a single player who said or even thought 'we came second and we've ruined the reputation of Dutch football'. I fear not". Coalition talks going well Trouw reports that the coalition negotiators are "optimistic" about the latest attempts to form a government after no clear winner emerged in the Dutch general election on 9 June. The paper says that, although the negotiators did not report any huge breakthroughs, "the talks got off to a good start". Trouw's report is mirrored in De Volkskrant, although the left-wing paper reports, "the mood at the negotiating table is positive". Senator Rosenthal told journalists, "there are still big differences between the parties, but that's not news". AD takes Senator Rosenthal's announcement and twists it into a headline: "Purple parties still can't agree on anything". The populist tabloid reports the same facts as Trouw and De Volkskrant but manages to put a negative spin on them. De Telegraaf follows a similar line and snaps, "after a week of intensive negotiations, the negotiating parties still haven't managed to agree on any of the really difficult issues". Record number of bankruptcies in 2009 De Volkskrant reports that there was a "sharp increase in the number of bankruptcies in 2009," and the Netherlands, Spain and Ireland are top of the bankruptcy table in Western Europe. Trouw goes even further and writes, "historic number of bankruptcies in 2009". The Protestant paper says the number of companies that went under last year rose by 73 percent over the year before. Credit insurer Euler Hermes surveyed bankruptcies in 35 countries and released its report yesterday. Risk director Walter Toemen tells Trouw, " 80 percent of our economy is dependent on exports. World trade came to a standstill in 2008 due to the banking crisis and that has had a huge effect on Dutch businesses". Summer storm hits the Netherlands A massive storm hit the Netherlands yesterday and cause quite a bit of damage. Trouw opens with a photo of the crumpled face of a church clock in someone's front garden. The paper reports that one insurer received 5,000 damage claims after yesterday's storm. "Damage and fun after storm," writes De Telegraaf above a photograph of children playing in a flooded street. The paper writes that streets in Groningen turned into a huge swimming pool after massive rainstorms swept across the country. It wasn't all fun and games; the populist broadsheet says the storm caused millions of euros of damage.
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