DutchNews podcast – The Balls, Bans and Bangs Edition – Week 24

The podcast team looks back at a week in which the government decided that burqas were a bigger threat to society than stray fireworks, a school in Drenthe shelved plans to stage a mock shooting and Delft’s porcelain image was rattled by a series of blasts and bombings. Schiphol airport vowed to get tough on passengers who pre-load during pre-boarding and the women’s football team almost blew their chances of World Cup qualification. In our discussion we ask if Mark Rutte’s speech to the European Parliament signals a seismic shift for the prime minister and the European Union.

Top story

Dutch senate set to pass ban on burqas on public transport

News

School postpones ‘active shooter’ safety drill after parents complain

Cabinet refuses to ban New Year fireworks despite safety warnings

Police investigating series of shootings at businesses in Delft

Schiphol to crack down on drunk and dangerous passengers

Sport

Late Martens strike keeps Lionesses on course for World Cup

Poll: 30% of Dutch backing Belgium at World Cup in Russia

Discussion: Has Mark Rutte become a Europhile?

Dutch PM: ‘Europe should under-promise and over-deliver’

Full text of Mark Rutte’s speech to the European Parliament on government website

Mark Rutte says more EU is not the answer (Deutsche Welle)

Profile: Mark Rutte, quiet rebel of the north (Politico)