DutchNews podcast – the Banquets and Bankruptcy Edition – Week 43


While King Willem-Alexander spiced up a royal banquet this week by mentioning Brexit and the last successful invasion of England in the same dinner speech, back in the Netherlands more recent ghosts loomed large as the government faced calls to apologise for the treatment of the so-called ‘kraut whores’ after WWII. We also focus on what happens to patients when a hospital goes bust, why religion has become a minority pursuit, the Champions League goalscoring hero who had a public message for his mother and an intrepid cat’s impromptu road trip. In our discussion we examine the legacy of former prime minister Wim Kok, who died this week at the age of 80.


Patients moved out of Slotervaart hospital after bankruptcy order


Religious allegiance drops below 50% for first time

Dover sole and Brexit on the menu as King pays state visit to UK

Call for Dutch state to apologise for publicly shaming ‘Kraut Whores’ after WWII

Hitchhiking cat goes full circle to rejoin family (Omroep Brabant, Dutch)


Last-gasp win boosts Ajax’s chances of Champions League survival

PSV claim first point as Tottenham goalkeeper sees red

Kiki Bertens reaches semi-final of WTA tennis tournament


Rutte commemorates Kok as a man of ‘total integrity’

Obituary of former Dutch prime minister Wim Kok (Guardian)

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