DutchNews podcast – The Bonfire of the Caterpillars Edition – Week 27

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Photo: Kleuske via Wikimedia Commons
The hairy terror gripping the Netherlands. Photo: Kleuske via Wikimedia Commons

It’s been a week of big-name casualties as the law finally caught up with celebrity gangster Willem Holleeder and Frans Timmermans saw a top European job slip through his fingers. While Queen Maxima came under fire for her silence in a meeting with Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, one cyclist in Groningen probably wishes she’d kept quiet when police stopped and fined her for using her phone. And it’s been a busy week for Amsterdam’s mayor Femke Halsema, who announced plans to recognise anti-slavery campaigners in the city’s street names and tackle the problems caused by tourists in the red light district. In our discussion we ask if the Dutch women can go one better than their male counterparts at the football World Cup.

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Top story

Frans Timmermans misses out on top European job in night of horse trading

Jan Anthonie Bruijn chosen as leader of new Senate


New cycling law comes into force: €95 fine if you phone and ride

Willem Holleeder jailed for life for ordering five underworld killings

Amsterdam’s mayor vows to tackle ‘tourism problem’ in red light district

Keti Koti held in Amsterdam to mark end of slavery

Climate plans are viable and affordable, say ministers

Discussion: Can the Dutch defy the odds at the women’s World Cup?

Groenen’s red-hot strike sends Oranje through to World Cup final

Netherlands aim to upset USA in final (Guardian)

Megan Rapinoe insists she is ‘extremely American’ in wake of Trump clash (CNN)

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