Friday 10 July 2020

DutchNews podcast – The Sjopperdepop Seat Snatch Switch Edition – Week 22


On the eve of the first big relaxation of lockdown rules, the podcast team asks if it’s safe to take a seat on the train or at the bar. Police close an abattoir in Gelderland following a coronavirus outbreak, shining a spotlight on conditions for migrant workers. The Netherlands continues to aggravate its EU partners over financial support for corona-hit countries, while at home there are more unsavoury twists in the tax office fraud scandal. And we bring you up to date on a spate of new political appointments as ‘Mister Stikstof’ Johan Remkes takes his last bow.

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Ophef of the week: Seat-snatching merry-go-round as VVD outcast Van Haga joins FvD

Coronavirus news

Fitness centres cleared to open in July if corona numbers stay low

Ventilation is key to stopping corona, Dutch researchers find

Coronavirus total nears 6,000 as government prepares to ramp up testing

Police close Apeldoorn slaughterhouse after owners breach Covid-19 rules

Third meat plant closed after one in six workers test positive

Other news

Dutch and ‘frugal four’ partners present EU recovery plan

Grapperhaus rules out arming street wardens following wave of attacks

Tax officials ‘promised immunity’ for co-operating with benefits scandal inquiry

Mark Rutte’s mother dies in nursing home, PM observed ban on visits

Mayor of Utrecht Jan van Zanen takes over in The Hague

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