Thursday 18 August 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Groundhog Ophef Edition – Week 28


With the summer break looming, we decided to pick out our favourite examples of ‘ophef’ – those tornados of outrage that blow up on social media only to be forgotten within 24 hours – from the year so far. It was also a week in which Mark Rutte got caught up in another Trump whirlwind at Nato, Frisian water engineers proved to be more useful than Elon Musk, the king faced a possible fine for flying drones in his back garden and a Dutchwoman reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon for the first time in 40 years.

Top story

Rutte pledges to raise Nato budget contribution as Trump raises stakes


Junior finance minister presses ahead with plans to restrict 30% tax rule

Dutch water engineers on standby to rescue boys trapped in Thailand caves

Anne Frank’s family may have been denied US visa by bureaucratic failure

Island of Schiermonnikoog tells visitors to leave their drones at home


Kiki Bertens’ run at Wimbledon ends at quarter-final stage

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