Wake-up service 20/2: Civil servants on strike in Amsterdam • AIVD and MIVD look back on years of war in Ukraine

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Good morning! The intelligence and security services AIVD and MIVD look back on a year-long war in Ukraine and in Amsterdam municipal officials, including the city cleaning department, are on strike for a better collective labor agreement.

The weather: today it is cloudy in many places, locally there is sometimes drizzle. With a strong westerly wind it will be about 11 degrees.

Are you going on the road? Here you will find an overview of the activities. Check the rail timetable here.

What can you expect today?

  • Municipal officials in Amsterdam are on strike all week for a better collective labor agreement. The city cleaning service is also shutting down.
  • The intelligence and security services AIVD and MIVD are today reflecting on the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Friday a year ago. It is the first time that the services jointly give their opinion on an event like this, and also on what the consequences could be for the Netherlands.
  • King Willem-Alexander announced last week that he would like to invite a hundred Dutch people for lunch for his 10th anniversary as king. Anyone who knows someone who has contributed to the Netherlands in a special way can pass on that name. Today is the deadline for submission and it may become known how many people have been nominated.

What did you miss?

Minister Kaag of Finance was welcomed yesterday afternoon by a group of about fifty demonstrators in Diepenheim, in Overijssel. Part of the group carried flaming torches. Kaag talked to them for a short time.

The D66 minister was in Diepenheim to campaign for the elections for the Provincial Council. Then she participated in a political meeting in Herberg De Pol. Tractors were parked along the road to the cultural center. She wouldn’t be able to pass there by car and then had to get out and cover the last 500 feet on foot.

Several politicians are outraged at the protesters’ action. At the beginning of January last year, Amsterdammer Max van der B. stood in front of Minister Kaag’s house with a burning torch. He shouted slogans at her. His action was filmed and posted on social media.

Other news from the night

  • President Santokhi lifts some measures after riots in Paramaribo: he did not say whether the National Assembly, which was stormed by demonstrators on Friday, will reopen.

  • Severe weather claims lives in Brazil, carnival canceled in several cities: In the city of Sao Sebastiao, about 200 kilometers east of the city of Sao Paulo, 35 people died.

  • North Korea fires missiles again, warns of ‘shooting range’ in ocean: The missiles were aimed at targets 395 kilometers and 337 kilometers away.

And then this

Although many carnival celebrants had certainly had a day of partying yesterday morning, that did not prevent churchgoers in Zaltbommel from coming to mass after all. Almost all churchgoers appeared in the Sint Martinuskerk in carnival costume.

Church packed for carnival mass: partying in the evening, going to church in the morning, that’s how it should be’

Have a nice Monday!

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