Thursday 25 February 2021

DutchNews podcast – The Hugo Is Skating On Thin Ice Edition – Week 5

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The Netherlands is bracing itself for its biggest freeze in a decade, but it still won’t be as cold as the relationship between health minister Hugo de Jonge and hospital bosses after last week’s row over vaccination numbers. Also in a frosty mood is Ajax coach Erik ten Hag over the omission of €22.5 million signing Sebastian Haller from his European campaign because somebody refused to fill in a form. Speaking of incomplete paperwork, all four coalition parties need to get their skates on to meet the deadline to file their list of candidates for the election. We celebrate a home grown winner in one of the few sporting events to go ahead this winter. And we speak to NRC’s London correspondent Melle Garschagen as he prepares to set sail for his homeland after five years dominated by Brexit and coronavirus.

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Thanks to Melle Garschagen of NRC for being our guest this week – you can buy his book for your Dutch friends and relatives here.

Ophef of the week: Muslim party give candidate the sack for ‘piemeltaarten’


Ministers draw up plan to extend curfew and encourage home working

‘British variant’ thought to account for two-thirds of coronavirus cases

Schools wrestling with rules for reopening: some planning to stay closed

Everything you need to know about the Dutch coronavirus restrictions

Coronavirus vaccine numbers revised after 17,000 doses counted twice

Netherlands steps up vaccination plan to 700,000 doses a day in June

‘500 British firms considering moving to the Netherlands’ in wake of Brexit

A record 37 parties will contest this year’s general election

Lelystad Airport, refugees and euthanasia off limits for caretaker government

Eurovision organisers still hopeful of holding live show in Rotterdam in May


Jorden van Foreest is first Dutch winner of Wijk aan Zee chess tournament for 36 years

Ajax left red-faced after forgetting to register record signing Haller for Europa League

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