After relying on the Netherlands to help them beat the taxman, U2 appropriately hire a Dutchman to beat the drums for them in Las Vegas. There’s more smashing news on the tennis court, where two home-based players reach the quarter-finals of the ABN AMRO tournament. The VVD wins the race to become the first party to pull out of an election debate this year as Mark Rutte’s strategy unravels. Celebrities staff the phone lines to drive up donations to the Giro 555 earthquake appeal. A councillor wins a five-year legal battle to stop racial profiling by border guards. And campaigners ask the king to honour a diplomat who was reprimanded for breaking visa rules to save thousands of Jews from the Holocaust.
Ophef of the week: RTL walks out on its own TV debate after losing patience with parties
Twitter users turn up the heat on PvdA MP Mei Li Vos over her ‘thanks, Putin’ tweet:
Had net een knullige tweet geplaatst nav bericht NOS over besparing energie. Dat leek alsof ik geen weet had van de energiearmoede bij veel mensen. Ik was enthousiast over het feit dat bedrijven het wel kunnen, besparen. Maar dat stond er niet. En nu is t NOS bericht ook weg.
— Mei Li Vos 💙💛❤️💚 (@meilivos) February 13, 2023
- And here’s the stemwijzer to help you cast your vote in the water board elections
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