Monday 19 April 2021

DutchNews podcast – The Blame My Wife For The Pandemic Edition – Week 11

Thierry Baudet (l) at a distance of one Kees van der Staaij from Sigrid Kaag. Photo: ANP Pool/ Bart Maat

The podcast team asks all the important questions in the wake of the election results. Who will be the fourth wheel on Mark Rutte’s fourth cabinet? Where did the vote for the traditional left-wing parties go? Why did Sigrid Kaag’s footwork succeed while Wopke Hoekstra stumbled? Will anyone ever wear a turtleneck to a television debate again? Plus we pick over the latest coronavirus figures, the problems with the AstraZeneca vaccine and a stand-off between health minister Hugo de Jonge and the nation’s favourite grumpy grandpa.

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Ophef of the week: Maarten van Rossem clashes with De Jonge over early vaccine

Coronavirus news

Coronavirus numbers up by 24% in last week, RIVM calls trend ‘worrying’

Use Janssen vaccine for over-60s first, health council advises

Netherlands restarts AstraZeneca vaccine programme

AstraZeneca vaccines held up by investigation into side-effects

Election news

New government has work to do, says Rutte as VVD tops the poll again

VVD and D66 both appoint scouts as coalition forming process begins

Dutch media: D66 is ‘moral winner’ of election, anti-lockdown stance boosts FVD

Analysis – Same team, different blend as Rutte just misses out on dream ticket Results, map and ‘build your own coalition’ tool

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