Financial picture Rutte IV | Ultimatum for Heineken | And inflation through the roof

What do all the plans of Rutte IV mean for the household book of the Netherlands? Today we know, because then the Central Planning Bureau (CPB) will publish its calculation of the coalition agreement. Mighty interesting to see which financial strings are hidden in the grass. Who is going to pay for all those billions of investments to solve the nitrogen and housing crisis?

Immediately a nice reading job, for the House of Representatives that comes back from recess. The agenda is otherwise empty, pending the debate on the government statement, which is scheduled for next week.

Life has become more expensive in December at an even faster pace than in the months before. Inflation was no less than 5.7 percent in December. This is mainly because gas, electricity and district heating became more expensive.

Something different than farmers, teachers or healthcare staff: angry gym owners in The Hague. They demand that sport be labeled an essential service so that they can open their doors again. The forced closure hurts financially, especially because it falls in the most important month of the year: that of good intentions.

Heineken has until 5 p.m. to come up with a better offer for a new collective labor agreement. Or else… Then there could be a strike, threatens FNV. The plan to raise wages by 1.5 percent this year and 2 percent next year is far too flimsy, the union said.

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Every year, a million Dutch people go on winter sports, especially to Austria. Not all companies will be happy with this, now that the omikron variant is prevalent among (Dutch) ski instructors. Can your employer forbid you to travel to the snow?

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Test yourself before you visit someone, the government advises. However, these tests quickly cost 3 euros each. If you have to test the family a few times during a busy week, you will lose tens of euros. So give them away for free, argues an epidemiologist.

And this you may have missed last night:
KLM is continuing its sustainable footing. Guess who has to pay the bill for that.

This could come along at the digital coffee machine:

Good day!

ps Never before have ‘we’ had so many ministers. But is bigger always better? Sam Trompert figured it out.

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