DutchNews podcast – The Ambushed by Napoleons Edition – Week 4 2021

Drinkers struggle bravely with the latest draconian restrictions. Photo: ANP/Rob Engelaar
Drinkers struggle bravely with the latest lockdown restrictions. Photo: ANP/Rob Engelaar

The Netherlands went into Schrödinger’s Lockdown this week, as venues everywhere opened up until 10pm while their owners fumed about staying closed. A shadowy transaction at the Binnenhof caught the eye of Twitter observers, while in the debating chamber Ernst Kuipers raised eyebrows with his claims about 3G passes. Dubious claims also put paid to the career of a VVD political adviser after Geert Wilders dug up her well documented history as a member of a terrorist group. In other discrimination news, the tax office is found to have passed its blacklists of dual nationals around government departments like pepernoten at Sinterklaas. And Amsterdam’s VU university is shocked to find that the Chinese government might have had an ulterior motive in sponsoring its human rights centre.

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Ophef of the week: ‘Dealers’ handshake’ at the Binnenhof goes viral

Coronavirus news

Lockdown ends for all sectors but ministers warn Omicron is ‘not flu’

Coronavirus cases double in children, hospital admissions up by 15%

Health minister shrugs off claims he exaggerated benefits of 3G system

Business owners dismiss 10pm closing time as ‘extension of lockdown’


Quarantine to be scrapped for travellers with booster vaccines

EMA approves Pfizer’s medicine to treat coronavirus

Everything you need to know about the current coronavirus restrictions

Other news

VVD adviser on radicalisation Soumaya Sahla steps down after Wilders attack

Tax office used appearance and nationality to identify suspected fraudsters

‘Paternalistic’ five-day waiting time for abortion set to be scrapped

VU university takes Chinese-backed human rights centre offline

Groningen cancels ‘critical thinking’ course for promoting conspiracy theories


Ajax back on top of Eredivisie after Mazraoui thunderbolt earns win at PSV

Triple Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo quits international swimming

Diede de Groot extends Grand Slam winning streak at Australian Open

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