Thursday 09 February 2023

DutchNews podcast – The Johan Remkes for Dictator Edition – Week 35 2022

Upside-down flags have become a symbol of the farmers’ protests this summer. Photo: ANP/Sander Koning

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Exactly 350 years after the disaster year of 1672, the government faces an energy crisis, a refugee accommodation crisis and a nitrogen pollution crisis all at once. Wopke Hoekstra experiences an identity crisis as he oscillates between supporting the government’s nitrogen policy as a cabinet minister and attacking it as leader of the Christian Democrat party. The earthquake crisis in Groningen triggers seismic levels of blame-shifting at the parliamentary inquiry. And we look back at a sporting summer in which Sarina Wiegman became the most powerful Dutch person in England since William III and Spain ruled the southern provinces again as the Vuelta a España rolled through Brabant.

Ophef of the week: Singer Glennis Grace gets cold shoulder at refugee centre


New spending power deal described as ‘handsome package’ but no relief this year

Baby dies as conditions at Ter Apel refugee reception centre worsen

Accommodation provided for asylum seekers sleeping rough at Ter Apel

King Willem-Alexander postpones US trip with lung infection, coughing at Ter Apel

New nitrogen measures considered but 50% reduction target is immovable

Hoekstra under fire as cracks grow in coalition over nitrogen policy

Groningen gas inquiry: former mining director says gas firms had government’s ear


Manchester United get their man as Antony leaves Ajax for €100m (Guardian)

Women win six medals at European Athletics Championships, Bol bags three

More than a million turn out to watch opening stages of Tour of Spain

Also check out:

Jeugdjournaal (children’s news show) YouTube channel

NRC Vandaag podcast: Why the long-expected accommodation crisis at Ter Apel wasn’t prevented (Dutch)

For the anoraks: The full eight-hour broadcast of the infamous CDA conference in 2010 when the party voted to support a supply-and-demand deal with the PVV

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