DutchNews podcast – The Assistance Admiral Walrus Edition – Week 44

Freya the walrus enjoying a free ride on board the HNLMS Dolfijn. Photo: Koninklijke Marine
Freya the walrus is still living it up on board HNLMS Dolfijn. Photo: Koninklijke Marine

With coronavirus cases on the rise again, experts call for firm, decisive action to bring infections down. Politicians, however, prefer to tinker with work from home rules, rely on a patchy QR code system and put the hard decisions off for another week. Elsewhere this week the Netherlands clocked up a record number of billionaires, while Amsterdam announced plans to restrict the city’s housing market for private landlords. Ajax marched on in Europe but Rotterdam’s mayor lost his rag with Feyenoord supporters who went on the rampage in Berlin. And if you want to get away from plagues and hooligans, a new ferry route is starting up between Eemshaven and Norway.

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Ophef of the week: Pension pinching politician Henk Krol pulls out of B&B project (AD, Dutch)


Cabinet tightens rules on QR codes, masks and working from home to curb corona

All you need to know about the latest changes to the coronavirus rules

Coronavirus risk raised to ‘severe’ as hospital numbers hit highest level since May

Health council advises third vaccine dose for over-60s

Ministry faces having to destroy millions of unused face masks

Netherlands must reform tax breaks for freelancers and homeowners to get EU funding

Record number of billionaires in Netherlands as Dutch rich get richer

Inflation rises to highest level in 20 years as gas prices drive up costs

Amsterdam plans to ban investors from buying properties to rent out

New shipping line plans ferry from Eemhsaven to Norway


Ajax through to Champions League last 16 after 2-1 win in Dortmund

Aboutaleb hits out at Feyenoord hooligans who vandalised Berlin Wall (Rijnmond, Dutch)

Leading athletics coach Rana Reider to be investigated over sexual misconduct claims (Guardian)

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