The Netherlands imposed a partial lockdown Friday, amid a surge in COVID-19 infections, but the entertainment business escaped unscathed, with movie theaters remaining open, and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) set to run as an in-person event as planned.
Dutch police arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of stealing paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Frans Hals with an estimated value of £18m during night-time raids on museums in the Netherlands last year.
Thousands of pieces of art deemed looted by Dutch colonialists could be returned to their country of origin after the Netherlands’ most famous museums backed a report proposing a wholesale “recognition and rectification of these injustices”.
The Dutch welcomed new proposals on a massive EU stimulus fund on Saturday in a second day of negotiations among the bloc’s leaders though a final deal on how to revive growth stifled by the coronavirus pandemic remained far off.
Two of the Netherlands’ premier tourist attractions, the Rijksmuseum national gallery and Van Gogh museum, closed to the public as a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people was imposed in response to the coronavirus epidemic.