Saturday 27 November 2021
DutchNews podcast – The Nijntje’s Jumbo Nightmares Edition – Week 47

DutchNews podcast – The Nijntje’s Jumbo Nightmares Edition – Week 47

While shoppers hunt for a Black Friday bargain, the Dutch government faces a Code Black scenario in hospitals as coronavirus infections continue to spread. Unrest boils again in Dutch cities as bars are forced to shut early and stricter rules are mooted for unvaccinated people. The cabinet comes in for criticism for its mixed messages, ineffective measures and late start to the booster vaccine campaign. If all else fails for Hugo de Jonge, there’s good money to be made from... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Extremadura Infection Inquisition Edition – Week 46

DutchNews podcast – The Extremadura Infection Inquisition Edition – Week 46

2G or not 2G? That is the question vexing Dutch politicians as coronavirus cases keep soaring and the calls for tighter restrictions grow louder. The coalition talks are still on track despite a careless party leader leaving confidential documents on a train. Sparks fly in parliament as far-right party FVD is accused of threatening behaviour. And that could be the only flashpoint we see this winter after ministers bow to pressure to ban New Year fireworks. Want to support the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Vaccineterklaas Edition – Week 45

DutchNews podcast – The Vaccineterklaas Edition – Week 45

With Code Black looming in hospitals, the Dutch government brings in a ‘lockdown lite’ in the hope of bringing infections down by Sinterklaas. But at least there’ll be less black on the faces of the saint’s entourage, as research show ‘sooty Piets’ have become the dominant strain. December 5 is also the date when Mark Rutte hopes to have his fourth cabinet installed, a mere nine months after the general election. In sports news, Feyenoord’s plans for a new stadium... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Assistance Admiral Walrus Edition – Week 44

DutchNews podcast – The Assistance Admiral Walrus Edition – Week 44

With coronavirus cases on the rise again, experts call for firm, decisive action to bring infections down. Politicians, however, prefer to tinker with work from home rules, rely on a patchy QR code system and put the hard decisions off for another week. Elsewhere this week the Netherlands clocked up a record number of billionaires, while Amsterdam announced plans to restrict the city’s housing market for private landlords. Ajax marched on in Europe but Rotterdam’s mayor lost his rag with... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Not All Nazis Refused The Vaccine Edition – Week 43

DutchNews podcast – The Not All Nazis Refused The Vaccine Edition – Week 43

New climate change forecasts this week were the stuff of Dutch nightmares: if the Netherlands doesn’t step up its efforts to cut emissions, it risks becoming a Mediterranean country. Even more urgently, the rising tide of coronavirus infections has raised the prospect of restrictions being imposed again. And there’s still the question of when we’ll have a new government as the coalition breaks its own record for the longest formation in history. Bad news too for Ronald Koeman, sacked after... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Sinterklaas Mortal Kombat Edition – Week 41

DutchNews podcast – The Sinterklaas Mortal Kombat Edition – Week 41

Sinterklaas ophef comes round earlier every year, but there’s a twist this time around: it’s not about Zwarte Piet. A critical review of the government’s coronavirus strategy comes out just as cases soar again and ministers promise to repeat the same mistakes as last year. Infections are certainly moving much faster than efforts to compensate for the victims of the child benefit scandal, with MPs, judges, the ombudsman and the Council of Europe all criticising the handling of the affair.... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Stef Blok Snert Rap Edition – Week 40

DutchNews podcast – The Stef Blok Snert Rap Edition – Week 40

This week the coalition talks moved into an exciting new phase as the four parties from the last government finally agreed to make up the numbers. Also making up numbers was junior justice minister Ankie Broekers-Knol, who was rounded on by all sides after she suggested 100,000 Afghans could be on their way to the Netherlands. Other numbers causing concern are the coronavirus infections, which are rising again, and the figures on your next gas bill. Can Wopke Hoekstra come... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Hugo de Johnson Edition – Week 39

DutchNews podcast – The Hugo de Johnson Edition – Week 39

The pandemic put paid to the usual Budget Day pageantry again, but the economic revival gave parties plenty of scope to embellish the balance sheet with extra cash for teachers, healthcare staff and new houses. The abolition of the 1.5 metre rule failed to bring a rapprochement with the hospitality sector over the compulsory corona check app. Leonardo di Caprio became the latest celebrity to sign up to the Dutch fake meat revolution. And as a hen changes sex in... More >


DutchNews podcast: The Hexit Pursued By A Rhino Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Hexit Pursued By A Rhino Edition

D66 leader Sigrid Kaag will be spending more time with Johan Remkes after she resigned over the chaotic operation to evacuate Kabul. Remkes’s task of forming a new coalition became more complicated as the ChristenUnie and Labour played significant parts in Kaag’s downfall. The cabinet abolished the 1.5 metre society and set up the Corona Check Club, despite loud protestations from the hospitality industry. Max Verstappen proved a pain in the neck for Lewis Hamilton at Monza while taxi app... More >


DutchNews podcast: The Grategate Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Grategate Edition

There are three levels of crisis in the Netherlands: moderate, severe and ‘call Johan Remkes’. The self-styled Plumber of Groningen has given himself a month to unclog the blockage in the coalition negotiations, which has grown fatter this week following Sigrid Kaag’s gossamer-veiled attack on Mark Rutte. Despite warnings from viral experts that coronavirus infections are set to rise as we move into autumn, Hugo de Jonge still plans to relax the pandemic restrictions later this month. There’s plenty of... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Immaculate Stingray Edition – Week 35

DutchNews podcast – The Immaculate Stingray Edition – Week 35

Scientists were stunned this week when a stingray at Harderwijk’s Dolfinarium gave birth seven years after its last sexual encounter, but it will take an even bigger miracle to form a new Dutch government by Christmas. With the coalition talks deadlocked, Mark Rutte and Sigrid Kaag have bowed to the inevitable and called in ‘Mister Stikstof’ Johan Remkes to fix the crisis. Elsewhere there is concern about the decision to abandon the 1.5 metre rule on university campuses, a mudfight... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Komkommertijd Is Cancelled Edition – Week 27

DutchNews podcast – The Komkommertijd Is Cancelled Edition – Week 27

It’s the last podcast before the summer holiday, but there’s little respite in prospect for thousands of people in Limburg hit by unprecedented flooding in the Maas valley. The chances of anyone going abroad are diminishing fast as the surge in coronavirus cases turn the Netherlands red on the EU’s travel map. The country is shocked by the murder of investigative journalist Peter R de Vries in broad daylight in Amsterdam. Mark Rutte apologises after clashing with reporters over the... More >


DutchNews podcast: The Third Wave Dancing Shoes Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Third Wave Dancing Shoes Edition

Alarming news dominates this week’s podcast as journalist Peter R de Vries is shot in the street and coronavirus infections spread like wildfire through the country’s nightspots. Was De Vries targeted for his investigations into the Netherlands’ drug gangs? And what measures will the government bring back to save everyone from long Cov- sorry, from having to cancel their holidays? MPs say goodbye to the Binnenhof for the last time before a renovation that’s expected to last five years, so... More >


DutchNews podcast: The August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben Edition

DutchNews podcast: The August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben Edition

After Oranje checked out early from Euro 2020, the state broadcaster brought further shame on the nation by posting the wrong lyrics to the German national anthem. Fans looking to drown their sorrows had to move fast to beat the ban on cut-price alcohol promotions from July 1. Elsewhere it was a week of success in Dutch sport, with Max Verstappen and Mathieu van der Poel scoring victories on four wheels and two. In other motoring news, Sigrid Kaag got... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Everything’s Gone Belgian Edition – Week 25

DutchNews podcast – The Everything’s Gone Belgian Edition – Week 25

Coronavirus infections are receding, Janssen vaccines are being snapped up like hot cakes and football fans are looking forward to watching Oranje on the big screen again. But will the Delta variant spoil everyone’s party this summer? As the coalition talks get stuck in the mud, Mark Rutte gets stuck into Victor Orbán over Hungary’s law banning the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality. And we explain how modern technology has cast fresh light on Rembrandt’s Night Watch. Want to support the DutchNews... More >


DutchNews podcast: The Amsterdam Penis Ban Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Amsterdam Penis Ban Edition

Face masks are on the way out and tourists are on the way back as the end of the pandemic looms into view. But after 50 years of milking British stag parties, Amsterdam is looking to lure a different class of post-corona visitor. In other bad taste news, streets around the country are turning orange as the Dutch make a bright start to Euro 2020. Pieter Omtzigt splits with the CDA after his memo saying he has lost trust in... More >


DutchNews podcast: The Magnetic Orange Teringhond Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Magnetic Orange Teringhond Edition

The government is looking to speed up the end of lockdown as coronavirus infection rates hurtle downwards, but at the Binnenhof everything’s grinding to a halt. Wopke and Mark can’t drive a wedge between Jesse and Lilianne, Sigrid doesn’t see a future with Gert-Jan, and Pieter has served up a giant can of worms. Elsewhere, four men go on trial accused of murdering all 298 people on board flight MH17 seven years ago. The Dutch football team get ready to... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Philanthropic Zeesluisosaurus Edition – Week 22 2021

DutchNews podcast – The Philanthropic Zeesluisosaurus Edition – Week 22 2021

Mark Rutte and Hugo de Jonge joined the 10 million people to be vaccinated this week, just as museums, restaurants and the Droomvlucht ride at the Efteling reopened for business. The Janssen – sorry, Johnson & Johnson vaccine was taken out of circulation over concerns about blood clots, while controversy raged about the face mask deal that netted CDA protégé Sywert van Lienden €9 million. Wopke Hoekstra spent the week tilting at windmills as he failed to prise apart the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Fifty Shades of Stef Blok Edition – Week 21

DutchNews podcast – The Fifty Shades of Stef Blok Edition – Week 21

A mass coronavirus experiment, outrage over drugs tourists and pariah status for Belarus: this year’s Eurovision Song Contest really had it all. Museums, bars and restaurants are set to open sooner now that coronavirus is on the wane, even in Rotterdam. In a landmark judgment, global polluter-in-chief Shell is told it has an obligation under human rights law to prevent climate change. While the coalition talks grind on at glacial speed, one cabinet minister signs off work with exhaustion, raising... More >


DutchNews podcast – The 510 Square Metres of Eurovision Edition

DutchNews podcast – The 510 Square Metres of Eurovision Edition

At long last coronavirus infections have started to fall, but not soon enough to make this year’s Eurovision Song Contest an even more tasteless experience than usual. Also falling rapidly is Forum voor Democratie’s seat count as three MPs defect in the wake of the latest row and the Brabant coalition collapses. A village north of Amsterdam has its quiet afternoon rudely interrupted by a scene straight out of a heist movie. And we have the inside scoop on how... More >