Thursday 20 January 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Komkommertijd Is Cancelled Edition – Week 27

The king and queen with Limburg governor Johan Remkes in the flooded province. Photo: ANP/HH Arie Kievit

It’s the last podcast before the summer holiday, but there’s little respite in prospect for thousands of people in Limburg hit by unprecedented flooding in the Maas valley. The chances of anyone going abroad are diminishing fast as the surge in coronavirus cases turn the Netherlands red on the EU’s travel map. The country is shocked by the murder of investigative journalist Peter R de Vries in broad daylight in Amsterdam. Mark Rutte apologises after clashing with reporters over the failures of the government’s coronavirus strategy. And justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus unveils plans to make doxing a criminal offence.

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Ophef of the week: Canoe clean-up team seek to overturn council jobsworth’s ruling


Sirens warning as dyke is breached in Limburg following unprecedented heavy rain

Limburg floods declared a national disaster as high water moves downstream

Coronavirus cases continue to rise but growth rate is slowing

Ministers reinstate ‘work from home’ rule following criticism from MPs

Summer trips in jeopardy as Netherlands turns red on EU coronavirus map

Rutte regrets not apologising for relaxing coronavirus rules too quickly

CDA management board steps down in wake of election report

Tributes pour in for murdered crime journalist Peter R de Vries

Grapperhaus wants to make ‘doxing’ a criminal offence


Anna van der Breggen to retire after winning Giro Donne for fourth time

Louis van Gaal set to return as Netherlands head coach (Football Oranje)

Arjen Robben brings down the curtain on distinguished career (, Dutch)


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