In this week’s podcast we tackle the biggest, blackest hot potato of our times – when and how will the Zwarte Piet debate end? It’s been a week of bitterness and recriminations, with a chaotic end to the Yugoslavia tribunals in The Hague and the Dutch government facing accusations of fitting up an airline pilot who spent eight years in an Argentinian jail before being cleared this week of throwing dissidents out of planes in the 1970s. We also pick our favourites from the shortlist for Dutch Word of the Year and look at Ajax’s attempts to export their renowned academy system to China – just as Dutch football clubs plunge in the European pecking order.
Contenders announced for Dutch word of the year (Metro, Dutch)
Discussion: Is the Zwarte Piet debate getting darker?
The Netherlands’ racist blackface tradition needs to go (Washington Post)