The election campaign moves into top gear with the first TV debate, Pieter Omtzigt’s manifesto launch and the first candidate to resign in disgrace for abusive tweeting. Mark Rutte meets Israeli and Palestinian leaders to discuss the conflict in Gaza, while safety concerns prompt the cancellation of a speech on genocide and a march commemorating Kristallnacht. The safety board criticises the government’s pandemic control plan for being too narrowly focused on healthcare and calls for better communication. The cricket team come down to earth with a crash against Australia. Maurice Steijn’s ill-starred reign as Ajax coach comes to an end. And a rare turtle that went even further off course than Ajax’s first team is said to be recovering well in Blijdorp.
Ophef of the week: Farmers’ party candidate quits the field over Nazi troll tweets
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