Tuesday 02 June 2020

DutchNews podcast – The Anne Frank and Crystal Meth Edition – Week 26

Quintessentially Dutch: the cheese market at Gouda. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Cheese, canals and cycling – the podcast team tries to identify the DNA of Dutch identity in a week when the Dutch sense of order was turned on its head. The 112 emergency services hotline broke down, the women’s football team won a match with a late penalty and a midsummer Elfstedentocht was staged in 30-degree heat. We also look at moves to atone for two dark episodes in the nation’s history, the latest vaccination figures and yet more changes to the inburgering criteria.

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Ophef of the week

Rapper ‘Anne Frank’ changes name again after social media storm [AD, Dutch]

Dutch police find 2.5 tonnes of crystal meth behind false wall

PVV submit motion in Parliament calling for ‘pitpoesjes’ at Zandvoort GP

Top story

112 emergency line goes down for hours as major disturbance hits KPN

KPN officials summoned to explain 112 emergency line failings


Amsterdam council votes to apologise for slave trading past

Dutch railway operator agrees to pay tens of millions to Holocaust victims

Nine children and one adult diagnosed with measles in Bible Belt village

Vaccination rate levels off but remains well below 95% target

Tropical temperatures expected to return at weekend

New inburgering system focuses on work and participation


Leeuwinnen have narrow escape against Japan and face Italy in quarter-final

Olympic swimmer Maarten van der Weijden completes four-day Elfstedentocht

Discussion: What makes up Dutch identity?

Language is Dutch but elegance is not: what makes up the nation’s identity?

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