Crucial phase formation | Cash register at Jumbo’s | And first EU-US trade summit

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Will there still be a breakthrough in the cabinet formation? We long for white smoke, but from the last ‘intensive’ conversations that Remkes had with the politicians, it is still not clear which direction the formation is going. A minority government has dropped out, Remkes makes another (desperate) attempt to continue talking with nine parties. It is ‘time for conclusions’.

Nice chat with the cashier, without the impatient customers behind you gasping on your neck. This will soon be possible at many Jumbos: they will open a special chat box. The initiative aims to combat loneliness, but the question is whether it will succeed.

The US and the EU are holding their first trade summit. The high-level political consultations were briefly called into question after the Americans concluded a defense pact without the European Union. France in particular was white-hot about this. The quarrel has now been calmed and the trade freeze is still going on.

An end to animal testing for make-up and care products. This is already officially banned, but due to loopholes in the law, chemicals for day creams, for example, are still being tested on animals. About a hundred animal rights organizations are therefore taking action today at the European Parliament.

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Two euros for a liter of petrol expensive? That is actually not that bad: adjusted for inflation, the petrol price is not that high at all and cars have become a lot more economical.

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The prospects for the Dutch economy are excellent, the IMF’s accountants conclude – although it still has some critical nuts to crack.

And you may have missed this last night:
The restaurant Waku Waku, which was closed by order of the municipality of Utrecht, partly opened yesterday evening. Drinks were sold from the doorway throughout the evening.

This could come along at the coffee machine:

Good day!

ps How many spacious households actually want to give up their attic to tackle the housing crisis, Rabobank economist Carola de Groot wonders.

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