Features October 2012
Payment card fees: Avoiding past mistakes - 16-10-2012
STRASBOURG: A message to the European Parliament from Enrique Calvet: what you wish for can harm credit card customers with higher fees. Calvet is member of the Consultative Commission on Industrial Change at the European Economic and Social Committee.
How 'social' is the student loan system? What the papers say - 11-10-2012
Student union LSVB’s elation at the abolition of the fine for slow students has quickly turned to anger at its likely alternative: the so-called ‘social student loan system’. The student takes out a loan and will start paying back, according to his means, once he has a job. The LSVB fears students could run up debts as high as €30,000. What the papers say.
Toronto Sun: Dutch architect dreams of floating cities - 10-10-2012
AMSTERDAM - When Koen Olthuis finally landed his first job after graduating as an architect, his new firm wouldn’t let him work on the most historic or prestigious accounts in Amsterdam’s 17th century centre. He got houseboats. Floating boxes.
Will criminal Holleeder 'steal the show'? - What the papers say - 08-10-2012
College Tour is a programme in which students and presenter Twan Huys interview a ‘grootheid’, or very influential person, as broadcaster NRT's website has it. On Friday the influential person will be Willem Holleeder, Heineken kidnapper, blackmailer and – allegedly – the man behind the murders of several witnesses. Should convicted criminals be given a podium? What the papers say.
MY Sinchew: Dutch city puts its jobless back to work - 06-10-2012
ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Oct 6, 2012 (AFP) - For years The Netherlands has had the reputation of being a generous welfare state, but in some cities like Rotterdam this is changing: the jobless are now put to work to earn their keep.
GroenLinks pulls plug on Jolande Sap - What the papers say - 05-10-2012
Jolande Sap has resigned as leader of GroenLinks after a vote of no confidence from the party leadership less than two years after she took over from Femke Halsema. Sap, who pledged her party would go from ten to twenty seats, had to stand by while it nosedived to four at the last election. What went wrong? What the papers say.