DutchNews podcast – The Stormy Chihuahuas Edition – Week 7

Two happy looking chihuahuas
Photo: Douglas Muth via Flickr
Two happy looking chihuahuas
Photo: Douglas Muth via Flickr

Ciara blew into the Netherlands this week and left a trail of fallen trees, insurance claims and cancelled bicycle races. Police stepped up their search for a blackmailer who sent four letter bombs to Dutch companies and Chinese migrants spoke out against a surge in racist behaviour linked to the coronavirus. In politics, the Ceta treaty was the subject of a long and emotionally charged debate that stretched into the early hours. And 24 chihuahuas score a victory for the underdog at the Council of State. Our discussion focuses on a thorny problem in North Brabant, where local parties are under pressure to keep the far-right FvD out of talks to form a new provincial coalition.

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Ophef of the week: Matthijs van Nieuwkerk calls time on De Wereld Draait Door

Top story: Letter bomb blackmailer

Letter bomber demands payment in bitcoins


Storm Ciara batters the Netherlands; force 11 gales recorded on the coast

Chinese community starts petition against racist abuse linked to coronavirus

ChristenUnie demands guarantees on Ceta as debate on treaty heats up

Court overturns woman’s fine for keeping 24 chihuahuas at home


Ted-Jan Bloemen edges out Sven Kramer in world speed skating championships

Ajax and Chelsea ‘reach verbal agreement’ on Ziyech transfer

Storm Ciara wipes out half of weekend Eredivisie programme

Discussion: Brabant coalition talks cause tension

VVD and CDA under fire for holding coalition talks with Forum voor Democratie in Brabant

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