DutchNews podcast – The Talented Mister Stikstof Edition – Week 41

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The city of peace and justice resembles a Wild West frontier town this week after a corruption scandal and an inferno on the beach brought down The Hague’s entire government. But the new sheriff, Johan Remkes, arrives with some heavy baggage as his report on the nitrogen ruling is cited as one reason why the renovation of parliament will be delayed by a year. We also update you on a scientific breakthrough for premature babies in Eindhoven, the ban on texting while cycling, the UN’s view of racism in Dutch society and Oranje’s quest to qualify for Euro 2020. In our discussion we look at the candidates to lead the three largest coalition parties into the next election.

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Ophef of the week: Simmering row over plan to serve Dutch food only in parliament canteen

Top story

The Hague’s mayor resigns over fireworks report days after coalition collapses

‘Mister Stikstof’ Johan Remkes appointed temporary mayor of The Hague


Eindhoven scientists say they can develop artificial womb within five years

Renovation of parliament running late and over budget before work even starts

Burka ban has no place in equal society, says UN racism rapporteur

More than 9,000 fines handed out for texting while cycling

Number of cyclists admitted to hospital with injuries rises 30% in 10 years


Netherlands 3 Northern Ireland 1: Oranje snatch win with two late goals

Zonderland’s fall means no ticket to Tokyo for Dutch men’s gymnastics team

Discussion: Coalition party leadership contenders

Rob Jetten is D66 parliamentary leader for 1 year but future is uncertain (EenVandaag)

The gloves are off: D66 and CDA begin search for new leaders (Volkskrant)

Will Rutte stay in the Binnenhof for 2021? (Volkskrant)

Rotterdam calls for compulsory contraception for incompetent mothers (2016)

Wopke Hoekstra: Rutte III’s secret weapon packs a punch (Elsevier)

Tom Louwerse’s peilingwijzer (poll of polls)

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