DutchNews Podcast – The Bonfire of the Ophefs Edition – Week 2

Photomontage with a naked Thierry Baudet on top of a stack of pallets next to a strawberry stroopwafel, Emile Ratelband, a Frisian flag, Mark Rutte and a cheetah in a yellow vest on a trampoline.

The podcast returns after the Christmas holidays to blaze a trail through the opening week of the year. We ask why a 48-metre bonfire on a beach on a windy night surprised the authorities by setting things on fire, whether internationals are really responsible for Amsterdam’s sizzling hot housing market, and what British nationals in the Netherlands can do if they want to escape the firestorm of Brexit. In our discussion we choose our 10 favourite social media micro-infernos in the inaugural Ophef of the Year Awards.

Ophef of the week: Royal art collection goes under the hammer in London


Number of arrests and injuries at New Year falls again


Government to allow most British nationals to stay after Brexit even with no deal

Brexit will cost Netherlands €34 bn in first 12 years and other dismal statistics

Socialists revive calls for action to stop expats ‘displacing’ Amsterdammers

VVD in Amsterdam calls for debate on expat numbers

Discussion: Ophef of the year nominees

Click here for the online poll


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