RNW Press Review, Monday 28 April 2008
Catch the news in brief from the roundup of today’s press from Radio Netherlands28 April 2008
Sweet Victory for Feyenoord
De Telegraaf and the AD reports on the Feyenoord team celebrating their Dutch Football Association Cup win on Sunday.
It was the first time the Rotterdam club had won a major prize since their UEFA Cup win in 2002. De Telegraaf quotes Feyenoord coach Bert van Marwijk: "I'm glad we did it. We just had to win this final. But that was easier said than done," he gushes.
Pre-membership pact with Serbia comes with conditions
Trouw picks up on a major diplomatic coup designed to allow the European Union to sign a pre-membership pact with Serbia.
Other EU countries wanted to get the treaty through before Serbian elections to help pro-European parties. The Netherlands and Belgium have, however, been blocking the move, citing Serbia's lack of co-operation with the UN's Yugoslavia tribunal in The Hague.
This, they argue, is illustrated by the fact that such figures as Radovan Karadic and Vlatko Mladic are still at large. A compromise has now been agreed whereby the treaty will be signed but Serbia will not receive any benefits until it is shown to be co-operating with the court in The Hague.
On an inside page, two academics argue that the Dutch-Belgian position is actually more likely to stop the two suspected war criminals being arrested. They contend that if the extreme right win in the Serbian elections, we may as well forget the idea of the two being brought to justice.
The far-right slogan "The European Union doesn't like us", they say, has hit home with the Serbian electorate.
Thirty-five wok restaurants found guilty of tax evasion
The AD shocks us with the news that many restaurants serving fast food cooked in woks are fiddling the taxman. The authorities raided 66 restaurants and found that 35 of them were guilty of offences including tax evasion and employing illegal immigrants.
However, a restaurant sector spokesman warns: "It would be wrong to conclude that half of the country's wok restaurants are crooked. The tax office had already selected suspect ones to be raided."
Flower Pageant attracts 1.2 million
Finally, a picture in the AD shows two youngsters lying on the roadside's warm tarmac, watching a float with huge figures and letters made up of thousands upon thousands of brightly coloured flowers.
The Flower Pageant trundled through The Netherlands' flower-bulb region north of The Hague over the weekend. Good weather meant the spectacle attracted a record 1.2 million spectators.
[Radio Netherlands / Mike Wilcox / Expatica]
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