RNW Press Review, Friday 11 July 2008
Catch the news in brief from the roundup of today’s press from Radio Netherlands.11 July 2008
Policewoman’s death stuns all
All of Friday's newspapers feature shocked responses to the murder of 28-year-old police officer Gabriëlle Cevat, gunned down on her way to work on Wednesday night.
She was shot at close range when she admonished a motorist for reckless driving. A man has since been arrested in connection with the killing.
AD leads with "Police officer's death plunges colleagues into mourning" and describes how her killing "has deeply saddened her colleagues ... and has hit the rest of the Dutch police hard".
Many of the papers focus on the fact that Gabriëlle Cevat was technically still off duty when she intervened, unarmed and out of uniform.
"Courageous or reckless?" asks nrc-next, while going on to admit "it's a question that's impossible to answer".
De Telegraaf's speaks to Gabriëlle's commanding officer, who points out that "there are no guidelines on how police officers should act when off duty".
The paper goes on to report that one police union, the ANPV, wants a public debate on whether police officers should be allowed to keep their weapons at home.
Union leader Ron Tournier argues "People expect our officers to take action, even in their own time. So give them the resources to do so."
Head of Fortis hangs by a thread
If the Dutch press are to be believed, things are not looking good for Jean-Paul Votron, the head of Dutch-Belgian financial giant Fortis.
Trouw predicts that his departure is "only a matter of time", while De Telegraaf reckons that he is "hanging by a silken thread".
It describes how Fortis has kept "a sword of Damocles" hanging above Votron's head for days while "the financial world is already counting on his exit".
Only a short time ago, Fortis looked like a winner, as part of the consortium that beat British bank Barclays to the punch to takeover Dutch financial flagship ABN Amro.
Things can turn around quickly in the world of big banking, however, as NRC Handelsblad explains: "the high price they paid for a substantial chunk of ABN Amro, combined with the general malaise due to the credit crisis, are threatening to claim their first Belgian victim."
A "furious response" from shareholders as the bank's salvage plan sent share prices tumbling looks like being the last straw. The papers believe an emergency meeting at Fortis today is likely to seal Votron's fate.
Dutch royalty to build holiday home in Mozambique
De Volkskrant reports that a number of Dutch MPs are falling over themselves in praise of Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Máxima's decision to invest in building a holiday home in Mozambique.
Labour's Anja Timmer beams: "We can only feel pride that the royal couple are not swanning off to St Tropez but benefitting the local people of Mozambique instead".
Christian Democrat Liesbeth Spies concurs: "It's to their credit that they are shouldering their social responsibilities."
You can't please all of the people all of the time, however, and Socialist Harry van Bommel strikes a more sombre note: "Mozambique is one of the poorest countries in the world, while the royals will want to vacation in the style to which they have become accustomed. That's bound to result in harrowing images."
Tongue firmly in cheek, AD columnist Aaf Brandt Corstius describes "Lex and Máx's" holiday home as "a budget maisonette ... a bargain!"
"After all, for EUR 100,000, you'd be lucky to wind up with a wooden beach cubicle at a Dutch seaside town these days."
Doe Maar shows they haven’t changed at all
AD and De Telegraaf report on the return of Dutch 80s pop icons Doe Maar, who braved rain and dark skies to perform a sell-out stadium concert Thursday in Rotterdam, the first of their career.
If you're wondering who they are, AD describes them quite simply as "the most popular group in the history of Dutch pop music" and recalls how they became victims of their own success, as the unprecedented mass hysteria of their heyday eventually became their undoing.
At Thursday's concert, AD's reporter saw no evidence of the "screaming girls and howling adolescents" who used to typify Doe Maar's fan base, but that didn't stop frontman Henny Vrienten from turning on the charm: "You haven't changed a bit! A few more guys in the crowd, but that's fine..."
[Radio Netherlands / David Doherty / Expatica]