DutchNews podcast – The Blazing Bicycles and Ferris Wheels Edition – Week 1

Christmas street lighting in Duindorp. Photo: Henriete Guest/ANP
Christmas street lighting in Duindorp. Photo: Henriete Guest/ANP

2021 begins with a muted bang and the prospect of a long, cold winter lockdown. Health minister Hugo de Jonge showed his disdain for ‘symbolic’ gestures as the Netherlands’ vaccination programme was finally launched at a televised press conference. The mayor of The Hague, Jan van Zanen, came under fire for a New Year protest that bore an uncanny resemblance to a street party. And speaking of parties, a record number signed up to take part in the March 2021 election. Plus, live and exclusive, we announce the soaraway winner of our Ophef of the Year Awards for 2020.

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Ophef of the week: NPO criticised for timing of documentary about Sigrid Kaag (Villamedia, Dutch)


Coronavirus infections close to 10,000 again but hospital numbers drop

Lockdown effect still to be felt as positive test rate rises

Lockdown may be extended as British mutation hits Dutch primary school

Care home worker kicks off Netherlands’ vaccination programme

Health minister ‘too optimistic’ about vaccine delivery schedule

Theo Hiddema rules himself out as FVD candidate in latest U-turn

Amsterdam plans to ban foreign tourists from cannabis cafes

Locals up in arms over plans for giant Ferris wheel in Amsterdam

Call to make New Year fireworks ban permanent after drop in injuries

Mayor of The Hague faces questions over Duindorp ‘dance demo’


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