DutchNews podcast – The Belgium is Cancelled Edition – Week 10

Photo: Joshua Morley via Flickr
Photo: Joshua Morley via Flickr

Plenty of ground to cover in this week’s podcast, from Ajax’s swashbuckling conquest of Madrid to Wopke Hoekstra’s peacemaking mission to Paris and a setback for Albert Heijn in Belgium. Dutch ministers call for short-haul flights to Brussels to be scrapped, IS fighter Yago Riedijk is told he’ll have to find his own way back to Arnhem and Willem Holleeder’s long career as the Netherlands’ most notorious gangster may be running out of road. In our discussion we look at the latest moves to return works of art taken during the colonial era to their countries of origin.

Top story: Willem Holleeder trial

Public prosecutor demands life sentence for Willem Holleeder

Feature: The hottest ticket in town is a seat at the Holleeder trial


Economic growth forecast cut to 1.5% for this year

Housing market shows signs of cooling down

Jihadi Yago Riedijk ‘will not be allowed to bring his family to the Netherlands’

France and Netherlands make up in wake of Air France-KLM shares raid

Dutch MPs call for flights to Brussels to be phased out

Belgium shoots down Albert Heijn’s ‘buy 1 get 2 free offer’


Ajax dump Real Madrid out of the Champions League in sensational style

Patrick Roest retains world allround speed skating title

Nadine Visser crowns successful European Indoor Championships with gold (Runners World, Dutch)

Discussion: Should Dutch museums give back stolen colonial art?

Dutch museums willing to return stolen art to former colonies

The counter for returning stolen art has been opened (Trouw, Dutch)

Rijksmuseum investigates source of colonial collection (Volkskrant, Dutch)

Benin Bronzes: Why western museums should hold on to their treasures (Guardian)

France’s return of African artefacts sets tricky precedent (New York Times)

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