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The coalition negotiations show signs of grinding to a halt as Geert Wilders’s cold storage freezer fills up and relations between the parties become increasingly frosty. The economic picture isn’t helping, as inflation remains stubbornly high and housebuilders are unable to keep up with demand. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine dominates proceedings at the International Criminal Court. Conspiracy theorists get their teeth into allegations of censorship at “alternative broadcaster” Ongehoord Nederland. And Ajax’s women’s team continue to make waves in the Champions League.

Ophef of the Week: Tourists pay through the nose for viral stroopwafels in Amsterdam


Sneers on social media and financial rows cast cloud over coalition talks

Parties ‘freeze all spending plans’ as €17bn of spending cuts loom

ICJ rejects plea by Ukraine to label shooting down of MH17 as terrorism

Only 73,000 houses built last year, well short of De Jonge’s target

Cities slam exorbitant rents for “sharing a chicken coop”, demand controls

Keizersgracht tenant has monthly rent slashed from €1950 to €95

Inflation rises to 3.2% in January as fuel price ceiling comes to an end

Refugee numbers rise in 2023 but come in well below forecast: CBS

2023 was the warmest and wettest year on record in the Netherlands


Transfer deadline day: Boadu to Twente, Bergwijn stays, PSV miss out on striker (NOS)

Ajax beat Roma to reach quarter-finals of women’s Champions League

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