Thursday, October 28, 2010

Dating covered by your health insurance company....yes!!

Dutch health insurer VGZ has announced it will pay for the first date arranged through a dating site for singles.
Research has shown that people who are in a long-term relationship are happier - and therefore healthier - than singles. The action is also aimed at promoting its new supplementary policy for singles.
A spokesman says that for seven days those interested in the supplementary health insurance can contact the dating site via the VGZ website. There is no obligation to sign up for a policy. It's not clear for me what will be covered...the date including diner, a bottle of wine, a bottle of cognac?.)!

Dual citizen ship in the Netherlands

The two governing political parties in the Netherlands new coalition government have shrugged off objections raised by Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders to the dual nationality of Deputy Health Minister Marlies Veldhuijzen van Zanten.

The anti-Islamic Freedom Party has agreed to support the new government in parliament. Three years ago, Mr Wilders demanded the resignation of both a Dutch-Moroccan minister and a Dutch-Turkish deputy minister. The motion was rejected and they stayed in office.
At the time, Mr Wilders said about one of them, "Even if [Social Affairs Deputy Minister] Mr Aboutaleb had had a blond mop and a Swedish passport, I would still want him to step down." Ms Veldhuijzen van Zanten, née Hyllner, has dual Swedish and Dutch nationality.
Ms Veldhuijzen van Zanten's Christian Democrat party - one of the governing parties - sees no objections to her holding two passports. The free-market liberal VVD party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte said last Monday that for it, too, this is not an issue.
The Freedom Party's point of view is that the loyalty of ministers and deputies to the Netherlands should not be undermined by dual nationality. Most opposition parties  voted with the government - against Mr Wilders' no-confidence motion.

Day Opening - October 28

Istanbul by Brian Underdown