Wednesday 22 March 2023

DutchNews podcast – The Sledgehammer Diplomacy Edition – Week 26 2022

Final straw: Farmers’ protests spread across the country this week. Photo: ANP/HH/Jean-Pierre Geusens

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Farmers stepped up their protests this week, bringing two cows to The Hague to illustrate the effect of the government’s nitrogen reduction plans. One cow would go to the slaughterhouse today, the other would go back to the farm to be slaughtered later. Police described the hardliners’ approach as a threat to democracy as CDA MP Derk Boswijk was forced to stay home after his family was visited by a fleet of tractors. Hard-hitting tactics were also favoured by jewel thieves who raided the Tefaf art fair in Maastricht using a sledgehammer. It’s not just farmers who have an axe to grind: family doctors held a demonstration on the Malieveld to protest against long hours and bureaucracy. Mark Rutte breaks his silence on the farmers but says it’s the wrong time to apologise for the slave trade. And tennis player Tim van Rijthoven sets the grass on fire in a more positive way as he reaches the fourth round of Wimbledon.

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Rutte condemns violent protests after farmers target MP and minister’s homes

Cabinet may appoint mediator to ease tensions as farmers’ protests escalate

Family doctors stage week of protests, no disruption to services

RIVM voices concern about risk of spreading monkeypox at Pride

Health minister proposes euthanasia protocol for children under 12

DNB chief apologises for bank’s role in colonial slave trade

Police release Belgian suspects as hunt for Tefaf robbers continues


Tim van Rijthoven breezes into fourth round at Wimbledon (Omroep Brabant)

Sharon van Rouwendaal wins 10K open water swimming title in thrilling finish

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