RNW Press Review – Wednesday, 23 April 2008
Catch the news in brief from the roundup of today’s press from Radio Netherlands.23 April 2008
Labour Party gets new leader
De Volkskrant reports the election of Marietta Hamer as leader of the parliamentary Labour Party. "Robust lefty-ness hands Hamer victory" trumpets the front page of de Volkskrant.
The paper writes that Hamer won the support of her fellow party members by emphasising classic leftwing sentiments - the sacrosanct labour ideals of social justice, workers rights and, "not thinking in terms of structures but in terms of people".
Trouw's headline reads, "Hamer: not a cabinet at the beck and call of employers". The Protestant daily writes that Labour Party has chosen one of its most experienced members to head of the parliamentary party and quotes her opponent Diederick Samsom as saying, "despite my disappointment, this is a good choice".
Extend invitation to Dalai Lama
NRC.next reports that a majority of Dutch MPs support a request by the Green Left party to invite the Dalai Lama to The Netherlands.
The paper says that a majority in the lower house feel that if the cabinet and the European Union fail to invite the Tibetan spiritual leader, then the lower house has to do it.
Green Left leader Femke Halsema asked parliament's executive committee to invite the Dalai Lama to The Netherlands before the Beijing Olympics begin.
Trouw reports that the Democrat D66 party, Labour and the Christian Union have all called for the EU to issue the invitation but that if Brussels fails to do so, then they will support the initiative.
The opposition VVD and SP have given their unqualified support to the Green Left initiative, but the Christian Democrats opposed the initiative. Trouw writes that the party, part of the coalition cabinet, is in favour of stepping up efforts to bring China and Dalai Lama to the negotiating table.
Open book, open mind for Amsterdam
Trouw reports on the launch of Amsterdam as UNESCO's World Book Capital on Wednesday.
Over the coming year, the Dutch capital will celebrate books and reading and writing. Judith Belinfante, chair of the committee running the yearlong book fest, says the UNESCO initiative is aimed at "encouraging reading and writing".
According to Belinfante, Amsterdam has always been a world book city: "In the 17th-century, one sixth of Europe's books was printed here". She adds, "We still have more bookshops than butchers".
Amsterdam will celebrate books under the motto "open book, open mind".
[Radio Netherlands / Jacqueline Carver / Expatica]
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