DutchNews podcast – The Park Your Bike In Our DMs, Prime Minister Edition – Week 23

Mark Rutte and foreign minister Stef Blok pedalling through The Hague. Photo: Wikipedia
Mark Rutte and Stef Blok pedalling through The Hague. Photo: Wikipedia

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This week we look at how a rogue news agency flapping its wings stirred up an international media storm about a Dutch teenage girl’s death. We also bring you news of some real storms that exposed one of the country’s largest cocaine labs, Ivanka Trump flying into The Hague to near-universal disappointment, two healthy developments in football and an apology from Mark Rutte to the people of Groningen. In our discussion we report on why it took nine years to reach a deal on pensions and what it means for employees and ZZP’ers.

Ophef of the week: Denk MP clashes with Arib in latest ‘Made for YouTube’ Tweede Kamer row

Top Story: Noa Pothoven

Award-winning teenage writer ends her life due to ‘unbearable suffering’

Column: Why international newspapers wrongly reported the death of Noa Pothoven as euthanasia


Rutte apologises to Groningen for slow response on earthquakes (NRC, Dutch)

Dutch public broadcaster faces overhaul, cuts advertising on TV channels

Ivanka Trump sent to The Hague for summit on entrepreneurship

KNMI issues third weather warning in a week, more storms due on Friday


Dutch women’s footballers to earn same as men by 2023

KNVB orders smoiking to be banned in stadiums by 2020

Discussion: the new pension deal

FNV members to vote on pension deal after nine years of negotiations

Mark Rutte meets opposition leaders to restart pension talks

Freelancers’ organisations furious at plan for compulsory incapacity insurance

Dutch pension system leads world rankings but reforms are still far off

And here’s that Rob Jetten video…

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