Monday 18 October 2021

DutchNews podcast – The This Debate Should Have Been An Email Edition – Week 3

Photo: Robin Utrecht/ANP

The government caved to pressure this week to bring in a 9pm curfew after five hours of furious debate about what time it should begin. All fingers were pointing at Mark Rutte in the aftermath of the child benefits scandal as his practice of holding meetings in secret came under scrutiny. The entire world of speed skating has moved to Friesland for winter, while the big names in chess descend on Wijk aan Zee. And we speak to writer Ben Coates about the state of the Dutch coronavirus strategy.

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Ophef of the week: Limburg doctor at Amsterdam protest goes full wappie


Curfew to begin at 9pm on Saturday, flights to UK and other destinations banned

Your guide to the latest coronavirus rule and restrictions in the Netherlands

Second vaccine dose delayed to speed up programme

Mark Rutte under fire from all sides in debate on childcare benefits scandal

Police remove aggressive Zeeland seal for being road hog (


Dutch dominate European speed skating championships in Heerenveen

No women at Tata Steel chess tournament but game is growing in popularity

Follow the latest moves in the Wijk aan Zee tournament at

Ajax stay top of Eredivisie after battling win over Feyenoord

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