DutchNews podcast – The Dog Ate My Flag Edition – Week 46

In this week’s podcast we ask how the government can afford to give away €1.4 billion to foreign shareholders but only has €100 to spend on a flag for the Parliament chamber. Our favourite football manager Dick Advocaat bows out on a high note, a student fights for the right to be employed by Deliveroo and the OECD confirms what we’ve always suspected about Dutch doctors. Meanwhile, gummy bears caused a commotion in Utrecht while raw herring and manure were tainted with the whiff of corruption. In our discussion we investigate why the MH17 disaster has become a target for peddlers of fake news and conspiracy theories.

Top story

Government stands firm on dividend tax plan

News

Deliveroo courier takes company to court over freelance contracts

Dutch doctors least likely to prescribe antibiotics

Foreign students at Dutch universities double in 10 years

Herring test results ‘unreliable’ (NOS, Dutch)

Flag in Parliament cost €100 (Telegraaf, Dutch)

The manure mob: Livestock farmers ‘commit major fraud’

Sport

Romania 0 Netherlands 3: Advocaat signs off in style

‘No real reason’ why Formula One can’t return to Zandvoort

Sport can be a dangerous thing: 121,000 ended up in hospital last year

Discussion: Fake news and MH17

Omtzigt does not have to resign despite role in priming fake MH17 witness

MH17 investigation could be hurt by Omtzigt’s fake witness

Russia used hundreds of fake accounts to tweet about Brexit (Guardian)

Russian influence reached 126 million through Facebook alone (New York Times)