Saturday 15 August 2020

DutchNews podcast – The Ginger and Lime Brexit Edition – Week 48

Photomontage for DutchNews podcast featuring Trouby the dog variously in a cage on top of a stack of PostNL boxes with a Bokito Proof sign, in a harness on a yoga mat, asleep on a sofa beside a bottle of Hertog Jan Bastaard beer, and on top of a pile of Van Dale dictionaries with a banana in the foreground.

The past looms large in this week’s podcast as rail operator NS agrees to compensate Holocaust victims who were transported on its trains. Amsterdam’s mayor comes under pressure to enforce the so-called burka ban, there’s a run on contraceptive pills, Mark Rutte delivers a ‘deal or no deal’ message on Brexit and health insurers sound the death knell for reincarnation therapy. In our discussion we look at the contenders for the annual Word of the Year competition.

Ophef of the week: Forum voor Democratie members are mostly there to make up the numbers


Railway operator NS agrees to pay compensation to Holocaust victims


Burka ban will not be prioritised in Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Utrecht

British nationals will not be able to vote in next year’s European elections

Scarce contraceptive pills being sold on Marktplaats for four times cover price

Insurer CZ stops covering reincarnation therapy and other ‘ridiculous’ treatments


Ajax reach knock-out stage of Champions League for first time in 13 years

PSV march on with 13th straight win in Eredivisie as top three all win

Verstappen cautious about prospects for 2019 after ending season on a high


Blokkeerfries, testosterontweet or intimiteitscoördinator: What will be the Dutch word of the year for 2018?

Vote for the Dutch word of the year here at the Van Dale website

Or check out the Flemish edition here

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