Saturday 24 October 2020

DutchNews podcast – The Great Tit In The Coalmine Edition – Week 39

A great tit perched in a tree

A great tit in happier times. Photo: Pixabay

Autumn is a season of missed opportunities and mellow fruitlessness for the Dutch government as its coronavirus strategy unravels. Rising infections, waiting lists for corona testing and no trace of a tracker app – we ask what’s gone wrong. Also going nuclear are the VVD, who want to build more power stations if they remain in government next year. The socialists and D66 also kick off their election campaigns, while Amsterdam takes steps to control the spread of Airbnb.

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Ophef of the week: Baudet causes diplomatic incident with fundraiser in Wassenaar

Coronavirus news

More health boards cut back on contact tracing as infections continue to rise

National measures needed to halt spread of virus, experts say

Ministers under fire on coronavirus response, more regional measures likely

Dutch coronavirus tests to be analysed in Abu Dhabi, Germany and Belgium

The sense of urgency about coronavirus must return, says Rutte

Coronavirus help: ministers invest €1.4 bn in retraining and job seeking

Fines and closures as inspectors receive 3,500 coronavirus complaints

Other news

Nuclear power, scrapping the euro and building homes in first election manifestos

Tighter rules and tougher fines brought in for Airbnb landlords

Nuclear power is a serious option to meet climate change targets, says minister

Human remains found in wreckage of wartime bomber in Markermeer

Recovery of WWII bomber in the Markermeer ends 12-year mystery

Sport

Irate Rutte tells chanting football fans: ‘keep your trap shut at the game’

Frank de Boer to sign two-year contract as national football team coach

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