Thursday 18 August 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Breaking Brabant Edition – Week 15


It’s a week of shattered illusions on the podcast as a former CDA politician in Brabant is jailed for his part in the Netherlands’ biggest ever drugs farm and a Jeff Koons sculpture meets an explosive fate in an Amsterdam church. Also: is the housing market overheating, why did a singing road lose its voice, and how did hawks and sea eagles become embroiled in a treetop turf war?

Top story

Former politician jailed for hosting Netherlands’ biggest drugs lab on his farm


House prices approach 2008 record levels

First-time buyers turning to ‘bank of mum and dad’

Dutch government waters down ‘Big Brother’ tapping law after ‘no’ vote

Jeff Koons artwork accidentally destroyed by visitor

Residents’ protests silence musical road in Friesland

Nest war breaks out between hawks and sea eagles


Dutch women’s team close in on first World Cup qualification

Hamilton and Verstappen mend fences after Bahrain collision (The Guardian)

Discusion: ‘Cocaine yogis’ and the Dutch drugs trade

Netherlands ‘needs to stop romanticising drug taking’ (Nieuwsuur, Dutch)

Justice minister ’embarrassed’ by scale of Dutch drug production (Telegraaf, Dutch)

Drug taking habits in 50 European cities compared (EMCDDA)

EMCDDA’s 2017 report on drugs in the Netherlands

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