Thursday 08 December 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Great Pencil and Baboon Migration Edition – Week 22 2022

The temporary home of the Senate during renovations. Photo: ANP/Sem van der Wal

In a week dominated by queues and logjams, Schiphol airport struck a deal with ground staff to try to avoid a summer of misery for air passengers. Dutch motorists began queueing for petrol in Germany as Russia put the squeeze on fuel prices. A housing bottleneck left people sleeping on chairs at Ter Apel refugee centre, while Westland’s greenhouse industry wastes no time in exploiting Ukrainian workers. The waiting list for compensation for earthquake damage in Groningen could grow longer too if the government bows to pressure to raise production again. And economists warn the labour shortage is a long-term problem with no easy fix, even if the Dutch agree to work longer than 32 hours a week.

Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks of drop, gin and stroopwafels healthy? Click here to become a Patreon backer

Follow the democratic adventures of Paul’s red voting pencil on Twitter here!

Ophef of the week: No quorum for democracy as Senate debate is cancelled


Schiphol airport braces itself for long summer of queues and chaos

Schiphol unveils four-point plan to address congestion and staff shortages

Dutch tax office needs culture change to address institutional racism, says minister

Documentary shows ‘need to tackle structural problem of racism’ in police force

Defence spending boost is biggest investment since end of Second World War

Gazprom cuts off gas supply to Dutch trading platform that refused to pay rubles

Russian gas imports continue to local councils and large energy firms

Dutch motorists fill up in Germany as petrol price gap swells to 35 cents a litre

120 people left to sleep on chairs at overcrowded Ter Apel refugee centre

Ukrainian workers are being exploited in Westland greenhouses, union warns

Dutch work short hours and productivity needs to rise, says CBS chief economist

Thank you for donating to

The team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.

If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal.