DutchNews podcast – The Nuclear Badger Bunker Edition – Week 12

Badgers have heeded the BBB's call to 'stop the train'. Photo:
Badgers have heeded the BBB’s call to ‘stop the train’. Photo:

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The polder system is being hollowed out and threatens to go off the rails at any moment. Yes, those pesky badgers have been building their setts under railway lines and forced NS to cancel some trains. Meanwhile, the Christian Democrats lick their wounds at a corporate hotel near Utrecht as the coalition parties continue to reel from the aftershocks of the BBB’s electoral coup. Feyenoord and the Dutch cricket team reassure the CDA that even the worst losing streaks come to an end eventually. Russia fires a broadside at the ICC while China threatens to serve up an extra hot portion of patatje oorlog if ASML stops supplying Dutch chips. And has an orange chicken curry put paid to the football team’s chances of a famous win in Paris?

Ophef of the week: Carpaccio comparison gets wafer-thin support on social media

Provincial elections

Hoekstra to stay on as CDA leader as discontent simmers in coalition parties

BBB projected to win 17 seats in Senate, CDA coalition support strained

Van der Plas and Timmermans to meet, but will it be Brussels or The Hague?

D66 provincial party leaders leaders refuse to budge on nitrogen deadline

Farming industry piles on pressure on cabinet to drop compulsory buyouts


ICC issues warrant against Putin over forced adoption of Ukrainian children

Netherlands pledges an extra €1 million to ICC for Ukraine investigations

Nato technology innovation fund to be based in Netherlands

Chinese ambassador warns of consequences if chip exports are stopped

Dutch rank high in happiness index and have a low ‘happiness divide’

Amsterdam wants to limit e-bike speeds to 20kph to improve safety

Dutch commuters are ditching their cars for e-bikes

Fines for traffic offences go up by average 9%, mobile phone use will cost €380

Burrowing Brabant badgers to be evicted from their train sett

Badgers are burrowing under train tracks in at least 40 places

Meerkats escape from captivity and roam around Westland town


Virus fells five Oranje players ahead of European Championship qualifier in France

Feyenoord open up six-point lead with first win in Amsterdam for 18 years

Cricket team wins thriller against Zimbabwe to end 15-match losing streak

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