Thursday 18 August 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Rutte Gets Busy Edition – Week 28


As one of the longest droughts on record continues, examiners are feeling the heat after an administrative meltdown leaves hundreds of students in Limburg facing a miserable summer. The government admits that new migrants have been left high and dry by the integration process, employees are being burned by the rise of casual labour and Max Verstappen is on fire in the Austrian Grand Prix. In the discussion Paul and Molly look back at how Mark Rutte hot-footed it from Brussels to Washington to the Catshuis as he attempted to fix all the world’s major problems, including Donald Trump, by Tuesday lunchtime. And spare a thought for the delivery drivers who broke down in a sweltering van with no way out and a huge pile of money for company.

Ophef of the week: Lilianne Ploumen’s app mishap

Top story: Summer arrives in June

Dry, warm weather to last another week, say forecasters


Swans caught up in oil spill need longer to recover

School boards accused of failing to prevent Limburg exams fiasco

Growth of casual labour is depressing wages, says OECD

Government to overhaul failed integration exam system


Verstappen insists he can mount a late challenge for F1 title

Discussion: How Rutte tried to save the world in 48 hours

Prime minister urges Donald Trump to call off trade war

Rutte tells Theresa May ‘more clarity’ is needed on Brexit

Rutte hails EU migration deal as big step forward

Dutch refugee groups disappointed by EU migration deal

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