Thursday 25 February 2021

DutchNews podcast – The Demissionary Corona Edition – Week 4

Photo: ANP/Rob Engelaar

First the government collapses, then law and order breaks down on the streets of Zwolle. January 2021 is shaping up to be quite a month. The podcast team looks back on a turbulent week of rioting, vaccine gridlock and a massive data leak in the coronavirus testing system. Yet despite imposing the first curfew since the end of the war, polls suggest the caretaker government is more popular than ever. Elsewhere, Tour de France hope Tom Dumoulin takes a break from the bike and civil servants rattle a few cages with their advice on how to watch sport in a pandemic.

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Ophef of the week: Red faces in blue as police station displays ‘Fake News’ banner


Riot police called out for third night as anti-curfew unrest flares in several Dutch cities

Spoiled, frustrated or taking a holiday from their consciences? What the Dutch press made of the riots

Netherlands starts second coronavirus vaccination round but trails in Europe

Cabinet drafts five-stage lockdown exit plan, starting with schools

Curfew and benefit fraud controversies make little impression on voters

Two arrested for selling personal data from coronavirus test system

Health board officials ‘ignored warnings on data security for months’

Dutch government ridiculed for advice on how to watch football and visit grandma


Tom Dumoulin wins support for decision to take a break from cycling (AD, Dutch)

Former Germany defender Per Mertesacker on the ‘inhumane pressure’ to perform (Spiegel)

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