DutchNews podcast – The Ministry of Silly Dancing Edition – Week 11


In a week when the government agreed to bring in a “polluter pays” tax on CO2 emissions, the atmosphere turned poisonous at an Amsterdam school where staff are accused of having terrorist sympathies and in the fishing community of Urk, where a mob descended on the home of a migrant family. Mark Rutte nears the end of his tether over Brexit, though if if he’s hopping mad or stockpiling Marmite he’ll have to stay away from the Foreign Affairs ministry’s canteen. We also try to keep up with the all-conquering Dutch speed skaters and discuss how (and whether) you can vote in next week’s elections.

Ophef of the week: Politicians condemn De Wereld Draait Door presenter Matthijs van Nieuwkerk’s gargantuan salary

Top story

Parents meeting about Islamic schools cancelled after too many turn up


Two arrested after mob attack migrant family in Urk

Solution to Brexit impasse should come from London, says Rutte

Climate plans may miss target but will cost less than thought

Ministry bans dancing, mass meetings and excessive photocopying


Skating glory as Nuis rewrites record books and Schulting makes shorttrack history

Discussion: Provincial and water board elections

National issues and national government dominate provincial elections debate

Find out if you can vote in the water board elections and look up stemwijzers

Opinion polls indicate coalition will lose 11 seats in Senate (NOS, Dutch)

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