DutchNews podcast – The Everything Is Miserable Edition – Week 26

Own goals, defensive stalemates and an unorthodox formation – no, not the World Cup, but Rotterdam’s talks to find a coalition, which finally concluded this week. This week the podcast team discuss the last week’s political developments, which also saw former GroenLinks leader Femke Halsema come out of retirement to become Amsterdam’s first female mayor. In another first for women, sailing came home as Carolijn Brouwers celebrated victory in the Volvo Ocean Race, which finished in Scheveningen harbour. There was also a disturbing attack on the Telegraaf’s newspaper offices, the ophef that erupted when when writer Tommy Wieringa joked about it, an oil spill in Rotterdam harbour and a victory for the PVV as the burqa ban becomes law a mere 13 years after they first proposed it.

Top story

Police find getaway car used in Telegraaf newspaper attack burned out


Major clean-up in Rotterdam after 220 tonnes of oil are spilled

Fraudsters try to scam immigrants with fake fines

Students who failed exams after administrative blunder given more time to pass

Nijmegen lamppost fails pole fitness test (De Gelderlander, Dutch)


Carolijn Brouwer makes history as first woman to win Volvo Ocean Race

Discussion: Ending political stalemates

Six-party alliance in Rotterdam forms coalition without ‘winner’ Leefbaar

Happy, proud and humble: Femke Halsema is Amsterdam’s first female mayor

Clean-up of Amsterdam’s red light district branded a failure

Senate backs burqa ban in government buildings

Aboutaleb beefs up security after receiving death threats

Three in 10 local politicians victims of violence or intimidation


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