Wednesday 15 July 2020

DutchNews podcast – The Trojan Herring Edition – Week 24

Two men eating new herring in the traditional way, by dropping it into their mouths

Photo: cheeseslave via Flickr

The podcast team look back at a week dominated by bread and circuses, as the fairground wagons circled on the Malieveld and the first batch of new herring went to a good cause. The government is told to beef up its nitrogen reduction plans and warned of dire economic times ahead. Coronavirus testing is rolled out amid questions about why it took so long, while trials of a potential vaccine take a step forward. And we bring you the final chapter of a story that began 40 years ago with a trip to the library.

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Ophef of the week: Political circus invades The Hague as Baudet joins fairground protest

Coronavirus news

No coronavirus spike since lockdown restrictions were eased

50,000 coronavirus tests carried out in first week of June, 2% positive

Labour leader Asscher demands answers on unused Covid-19 tests

Trials of Leiden coronavirus vaccine to start in July

Central bank says economy will shrink by 6.4% in 2020

180,000 companies and consumers apply for financial help

Nearly half of Dutch residents plan to stay home this summer

Other news

Femke Halsema survives no-confidence vote over Dam Square BLM protest

Over 11,000 gather for anti-racism demonstration in Amsterdam

MH17 hearings resume after three-month break

Government’s nitrogen strategy slammed in new report

‘Return to Oegstgeest’ taken back to library after 40-years


Van der Sar calls for major Eredivisie games to be played after Christmas

Amsterdam councillor wants ‘safe swimming’ spots for summer season

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