Podcast: The Fake Kremlins and Rotten Parliaments Edition

The cost of renovating the Dutch parliament is growing spectacularly. Photo: Depositphotos

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In the week that Hugo de Jonge revealed that the Binnenhof renovation will cost €2bn and last until 2028, we ask if there is any chance of a government being in place by then. The king thanks his Spanish counterpart for putting up Princess Amalia in Madrid after she was threatened by gangsters, while Prinsjesdag is set for a populist makeover. In a bad week for pensioners, six people in their 70s go on trial for distributing a suicide powder, while canal boat tours fall foul of Amsterdam’s anti-tourism drive. Flower growers get creative at the Bloemencorso, and we explain how a Dutch socialist heathen architect rekindled an Olympic tradition.

Ophef of the week: Ex-D66 minister flies into a storm over Russian Fun and Sun seekers


Coalition talks sidetracked again by social media rows

Cost of renovating Dutch parliament to pass €2bn mark

Extra money for Ukraine, councils and refugees in spring statement

Senate votes to end gas drilling in Groningen this year

Princess Amalia lived in Madrid for a year to escape threats

Prinsjesdag pomp to get a populist makeover this year

Amsterdam council rules on selling food at Koningsdag markets (amsterdam.nl)

Suicide powder group member sold Substance X to over 600 people

At least 172 people found to have died using Substance X powder

Amsterdam to slash river cruise stays in latest anti-tourism drive

Route of the 2024 Bloemencorso (Bloemenstreep Omroep)


Bright spark: how a Dutch architect revived the Olympic flame

Gracenote predicts 18 golds and record haul for Dutch team in Paris

Ajax conflict deepens as Kroes and Van Praag head for showdown

View the Olympic torch route on the Paris 2024 website

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