Wednesday 23 June 2021

DutchNews podcast – The 510 Square Metres of Eurovision Edition

Eurovision: no caption needed. Photo: AFP/ Kenzo Tribouillard

At long last coronavirus infections have started to fall, but not soon enough to make this year’s Eurovision Song Contest an even more tasteless experience than usual. Also falling rapidly is Forum voor Democratie’s seat count as three MPs defect in the wake of the latest row and the Brabant coalition collapses. A village north of Amsterdam has its quiet afternoon rudely interrupted by a scene straight out of a heist movie. And we have the inside scoop on how our very own Molly Quell’s horticultural mix-up ripped through social media like Japanese knotweed.

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Ophef of the week: How Molly’s heavy plant wire-crossing took over Twitter

Coronavirus news

Hospital cases fall below 2000 for first time in two months

Gym before breakfast on a cafe terrace: this week’s rule changes

King’s Day clusters were confined to Amsterdam, nearly 500 infected

Brussels and MEPs agree deal on coronavirus travel permit

MPs back call for coronavirus tests for travellers to be free

Politics news

Parties call for coalition forming talks to be speeded up

Noord-Brabant coalition collapses after CDA and VVD ditch FVD

Forum splits again in row over Baudet’s Liberation Day poster

Eurovision news

Line-up for Eurovision Song Contest finale completed

Iceland unable to perform live in final after positive corona test

The all-miming, all-dancing DutchNews guide to the Rotterdam extravaganza

Eurovision highlights:

Ding-A-Dong, classic Dutch entry from 1975 – www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI78Bqp6z6g
– Jemini – Cry Baby, UK Eurovision entry 2003 – www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAJ62IG3gBo

Other news

Alarm as health ministry fails to account for €5bn of its annual budget

Two more sought following Amsterdam gold heist which left one suspect dead

 

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