DutchNews podcast – The Perishing Parrots Edition – Week 42

Qatar is the successor to Russia as the host of the World Cup and supplier of European gas. Photo: Depositphotos
Qatar is Russia’s successor as World Cup host nation and supplier of European gas. Photo: Depositphotos

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Wopke Hoekstra says Netherlands needs a ‘constructive’ relationship with gas-rich Qatar as he rejects parliament’s calls to boycott the upcoming World Cup. Let’s hope the relationship is constructed more carefully than the stadiums for the tournament, which cost the lives of thousands of migrant workers. Asylum minister Erik van der Burg is caught between a rock and a hard place after a court orders him to improve conditions for refugees, but his own VVD party and local councils won’t give ground. After a two-day nationwide search, police find the bodies of a disabled 10-year-old girl and her care worker who went missing. And we report on the conclusion of a long-running court case involving a load of hot air, some ruffled feathers and a ballooning compensation bill.

Ophef of the week: Utrecht outraged at being cut down to size by CNN


Cabinet in a bind over refugee crisis, COA unlikely to meet December deadline

Court orders Dutch state to improve housing conditions for refugees

Police recover bodies of missing disabled girl and care worker from ditch

Cabinet will send delegation to World Cup in Qatar in face of strong opposition

‘Thirteenth province’ created to give Dutch nationals abroad a Senate vote

Balloon owner ordered to pay damages to owner of petrified parrots


Netherlands qualify for Super 12 stage of T20 despite losing to Sri Lanka

Two Eredivisie clubs knocked out of Dutch cup by amateur sides

Ajax go back to top of Eredivisie with 7-1 win as Feyenoord win at AZ

Two Eredivisie captains under fire for declining to wear rainbow armband

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