For holidaymakers who just want to see what they really shouldn't miss, we provide an overview of today's most important news.

Today's news overview

Dutch economy shrinks by an unprecedented 8.5 percent
The Dutch economy shrank by 8.5 percent in the second quarter of this year compared to the previous quarter. Even then there was already talk of a decline. Such a contraction has never been measured before, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).

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Success coach Wiegman exchanges Orange women for England
after the Games Sarina Wiegman will start as the national coach of the English football women after the 2021 Olympic Games. This will end her successful employment as national coach of the Orange Women next year.

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The Netherlands will tighten travel advice for the United Kingdom to orange
The Netherlands is tightening up the advice for travel to the United Kingdom, because the British government has imposed a quarantine obligation for travelers from the Netherlands. The measure will take effect on the night from Friday to Saturday at 5:00 am.

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More than twenty people interrogated for disturbances in The Hague
More than 20 people who were arrested during disturbances in The Hague's Schilderswijk during the night from Thursday to Friday, were questioned on Friday morning. The suspects have been arrested for various crimes, such as sedition, destruction and assault on a cop.

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Panda baby Ouwehands Zoo named after Vincent van Gogh
The giant panda that was born at the beginning of May in the Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen is definitively named after the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh. The panda has been given the name Fan Xing. It is a gender-neutral name, as the sex of the young is not yet clear.

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Arrested protesters in Belarus say they have been assaulted in prison
The Belarusian authorities released about a thousand arrested protesters on Friday in an attempt to calm the anger among the population. In interviews, the released protesters say they have been severely abused during their imprisonment and describe how they were treated.

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European Commission takes over vaccine deal from the Netherlands
The deal that the vaccine alliance of the Netherlands, Germany, France and Italy made with AstraZeneca, for the supply of 300 to 400 million potential vaccines, has been taken over by the European Commission. That means less financial burden for the cabinet. The question is whether a smaller proportion of the vaccines will eventually go to the Netherlands.

See also: Brussels takes over vaccine deal from the Netherlands, France and Germany

Rutte continues to care against wage rises, but awaits a ruling from the House
The uproar and indignant reactions after the vote on the increase in health care salaries earlier this week did not change Prime Minister Mark Rutte to think any differently about higher pay for health care workers. "There have already been significant wage increases. It is not that nothing is happening," he said on Friday after the cabinet meeting.

See also: Rutte continues to care against wage increases, but awaits Parliamentary ruling

News in pictures

Day of action for aid to victims of explosion in Beirut

Friday is the national Giro555 action day for relief efforts for the victims of the devastating explosion in Beirut. This bus travels across the country to collect money.

Weather on vacation

Benelux : Periods with sun will be interspersed with cloud fields this weekend and showers will fall throughout the region during Saturday. There is a chance of thunder.

Germany : In Germany it is sweltering hot this weekend with maximums between 25 and 30 degrees. In the north and northeast it gets above 30 degrees. There are sunny periods, but especially on Saturday thunderstorms can develop. Especially the central part of Germany and the southeast are sensitive to these showers.

Norway : Most of Norway will remain dry this weekend with sunny periods. The picture is different in the north. There is more cloud and it can also rain. Especially in the far north there is a strong wind.

Austria and Switzerland : On Saturday it will remain dry in Switzerland almost everywhere. It will be a summer day with maximums between 28 and more than 30 degrees in the lower parts. In Austria, showers are possible on Saturday.

France : It will be fine weather in France on Saturday. There is a lot of sun and the temperature is between 26 and 32 degrees. Along the French northwest coast it stays a lot less warm with 20 degrees.

Spain and Portugal : In the extreme northwest and north of Spain it can rain, but elsewhere it remains dry. However, there are also more cumulus clouds in the north in the afternoon. It will be 25 to 30 degrees. In Portugal, the northwest is also prone to showers. Elsewhere it stays dry with a lot of sun. In the northwest it will be about 21 degrees, in the interior it will be 25 to 30 degrees.

Italy : The chance of showers has almost completely disappeared in Italy this weekend. Also in the north it remains dry almost everywhere. The sun is shining and the temperature is between 30 and 35 degrees. Regionally it can get a little warmer inland.

Greece : Over the Greek mainland, a thunderstorm can develop in the north in the afternoon. On the islands it remains dry and it is downright sunny. The maximums are between 25 and 30 degrees. Above the Aegean Sea there is still a lot of wind from the north.

Read a more detailed weather report or the forecasts for other holiday countries here