There they are. It may take a while, but the twenty ministers and nine state secretaries of the new Rutte IV cabinet are sworn in. This also includes a landing scene with the king at Noordeinde Palace. Of course, all can be followed live on RTL Z and online from 10.55 am.
And now get to work. This is also the case at the Ministry of Finance, where D66 leader Sigrid Kaag will digitally take over the key to the treasury from outgoing minister Wopke Hoekstra due to her corona infection this afternoon. Among other things, she must submit a Dutch corona recovery plan in Brussels as soon as possible.
Back to school. Some much-needed relief for all (home) working fathers and mothers in this lockdown: primary and secondary schools will open again after the extended Christmas holidays. Additional corona rules do apply at school, such as preventive testing from group six.
National case. While our neighboring countries Germany and Belgium are exchanging nuclear energy for natural gas, the Netherlands wants to get rid of gas and build two new nuclear power plants. Connoisseurs do not understand this yo-yo policy. But as long as energy is a national matter, the EU can do little more than watch.
Exit Grand Vision. The Dutch optical chain that we mainly know here from the Pearl glasses is no longer listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange. The French-Italian EssilorLuxottica swallowed GrandVision last year, although it was preceded by a real glasses war.
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This piece was the most shared this weekend: Many shopkeepers are fed up with the lockdown, which means they have to keep their doors closed. In an open letter to the cabinet, bookstores appeal to be able to open again and Gooie shopkeepers drank coffee with their customers in silent protest.
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Sint Maarten is a special Caribbean island: a country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, but it is also a part of France. In the Dutch part you will find the nightlife, but for a good dinner the French side beckons: Saint Martin.
And this you may have missed this weekend:
Grocery delivery service Picnic sold almost 80(!) percent more to Dutch customers in 2020 than a year earlier. The turnover is indeed sky high, but the loss is also about 45 million euros.
This could come along at the coffee machine:
ps After the threat from Kaag, we can no longer look away, argues Leo Lucassen.