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