Friday 23 April 2021
DutchNews podcast – The Trump Star Wars Brothel Edition – Week 16

DutchNews podcast – The Trump Star Wars Brothel Edition – Week 16

Three months after introducing a curfew to drive coronavirus infections down, Mark Rutte says it’s ‘responsible’ to lift restrictions now that cases are 25% higher and hospitals have started cancelling heart surgery. There’s another setback in the efforts to form the next government as it emerges ministers pre-cooked the evidence they gave to parliament about the tax office scandal. There’s shocking footage of a journalist’s car being attacked by a shovel truck in Gelderland. And we investigate whether curfews are... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Jurassic Park Comes to Hogwarts Edition – Week 15

DutchNews podcast – The Jurassic Park Comes to Hogwarts Edition – Week 15

As infections rose again this week, the government agreed to organise a series of mass events for people who are sick of lockdown, so they can get sick with coronavirus instead. We also explain why a D66 MP gave up his seat after just 15 days while Geert Wilders was uncharacteristically silent on the subject. Newly published tape recordings shed light on the case against the four men accused of shooting down flight MH17. And police are trying to trace... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Resurrection Rutte Edition – Week 14

DutchNews podcast – The Resurrection Rutte Edition – Week 14

In an Easter week of remarkable comebacks, none was so spectacular as Mark Rutte’s career diving and resurfacing like a Dutch submarine catching a glimpse of barbecue sunshine. Forum voor Democratie’s prodigal pensioner Theo Hiddema returned as a senator and veteran negotiator Herman Tjeenk Willink came out of retirement to head the coalition formation talks. We ask what could possibly go wrong as Hugo de Jonge unveils a cunning plan to hold mass public events in the middle of a... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Great Alkmaar Cheese Scam Edition – Week 12

DutchNews podcast – The Great Alkmaar Cheese Scam Edition – Week 12

While Dutch salvage experts worked to free a 200,000 tonne cargo ship blocking the Suez canal, back home everything ground to a halt this week. The coalition talks were stalled by Kajsa Ollongren’s positive coronavirus test and then torpedoed by her documentary faux pas. Hugo de Jonge struggled once again to convince MPS he was turning round the Netherlands’ vaccination strategy. And the football team’s World Cup dreams were marooned in the doldrums as Turkey inflicted a 4-2 defeat in... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Blame My Wife For The Pandemic Edition – Week 11

DutchNews podcast – The Blame My Wife For The Pandemic Edition – Week 11

The podcast team asks all the important questions in the wake of the election results. Who will be the fourth wheel on Mark Rutte’s fourth cabinet? Where did the vote for the traditional left-wing parties go? Why did Sigrid Kaag’s footwork succeed while Wopke Hoekstra stumbled? Will anyone ever wear a turtleneck to a television debate again? Plus we pick over the latest coronavirus figures, the problems with the AstraZeneca vaccine and a stand-off between health minister Hugo de Jonge... More >


Election night podcast: The Thank God You’re Not Hugo Edition

Election night podcast: The Thank God You’re Not Hugo Edition

We react to a dramatic exit poll that the election campaign scarcely deserved, with big wins for D66, disappointment for PVV and CDA and devastation for GroenLinks and the SP. Can the coalition ‘motorblok’ go it alone or will they try to bring a fourth partner on board? And we look at the four new parties entering parliament – with the Farmers’ Citizens’ Movement bringing the total to a record 17. Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Superspreading Nazi Hippos Edition – Week 10

DutchNews podcast – The Superspreading Nazi Hippos Edition – Week 10

In a week dominated by elections, infections and corrections, Mark Rutte engaged some elaborate verbal trickery to justify extending the coronavirus curfew that he’s been promising for weeks to abolish. Less than a week before election day, we ask why Rutte’s VVD seem unassailable in the polls and what their rivals are doing to bridge the gap. The Dutch pick up plenty of gold in the sporting arena, with Suzanne Schulting sweeping the board in short track speed skating. And... More >


DutchNews podcast – The It’s All Happening in Drenthe Edition – Week 9

DutchNews podcast – The It’s All Happening in Drenthe Edition – Week 9

A mixed week for boutique entrepreneurs as hairdressers and beauticians went back to work while cafe owners and sex workers protested against the lockdown. The first leaders’ debate featured a painful confrontation for Mark Rutte, a pointed exchange between Sigrid Kaag and Geert Wilders, and an own goal by Jesse Klaver. We explain why cut-out penguins popped up in Drenthe, how researchers read a 300-year-old letter without opening it and why Rutte raised hackles in Groningen again. And with less... More >


DutchNews podcast: The Dancing German Gangsters Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Dancing German Gangsters Edition

The third wave of coronavirus rolls in just as deliveries of the vaccine grind to a halt and Amsterdam becomes the superspreading capital. Shipments of heroin and cocaine are also disrupted by police, while one of Germany’s most wanted men is tracked down to Amsterdam. Finance minister Wopke Hoekstra slips up in Friesland, where ice stadium bosses are accused of engineering overblown results. In pot and kettle news, Hugo de Jonge accuses AstraZeneca of reneging on its promises. And we... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Wrong Way Icebreaker Edition – Week 6

DutchNews podcast – The Wrong Way Icebreaker Edition – Week 6

Coronavirus plays second fiddle to skating fever this week as temperatures plunge and politicians call for the Elfstedentocht to go ahead, whether Friesland is ready for it or not. While the snowstorm rages outside, Thierry Baudet is caught up in a fresh racism storm as the FVD’s WhatsApp chats leak out. Amsterdam eclipses London as Europe’s share trading hub, overshadowing some bad news on the jobs front. And we tell you why three Dutch lions got the cold shoulder from... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Hugo Is Skating On Thin Ice Edition – Week 5

DutchNews podcast – The Hugo Is Skating On Thin Ice Edition – Week 5

The Netherlands is bracing itself for its biggest freeze in a decade, but it still won’t be as cold as the relationship between health minister Hugo de Jonge and hospital bosses after last week’s row over vaccination numbers. Also in a frosty mood is Ajax coach Erik ten Hag over the omission of €22.5 million signing Sebastian Haller from his European campaign because somebody refused to fill in a form. Speaking of incomplete paperwork, all four coalition parties need to... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Demissionary Corona Edition – Week 4

DutchNews podcast – The Demissionary Corona Edition – Week 4

First the government collapses, then law and order breaks down on the streets of Zwolle. January 2021 is shaping up to be quite a month. The podcast team looks back on a turbulent week of rioting, vaccine gridlock and a massive data leak in the coronavirus testing system. Yet despite imposing the first curfew since the end of the war, polls suggest the caretaker government is more popular than ever. Elsewhere, Tour de France hope Tom Dumoulin takes a break... More >


DutchNews podcast – The This Debate Should Have Been An Email Edition – Week 3

DutchNews podcast – The This Debate Should Have Been An Email Edition – Week 3

The government caved to pressure this week to bring in a 9pm curfew after five hours of furious debate about what time it should begin. All fingers were pointing at Mark Rutte in the aftermath of the child benefits scandal as his practice of holding meetings in secret came under scrutiny. The entire world of speed skating has moved to Friesland for winter, while the big names in chess descend on Wijk aan Zee. And we speak to writer Ben... More >


DutchNews podcast special: The On Your Bike, Rutte Edition

DutchNews podcast special: The On Your Bike, Rutte Edition

A special edition of the podcast following the collective resignation of Mark Rutte’s cabinet on Friday. We ask what this means for the families involved and how it will affect the government’s pandemic response. We examine Lodewijk Asscher’s role in triggering Rutte’s downfall, how the question of racism was marginalised during the inquiry and what effect it might have on the election campaign. And we reveal why Rutte took a deliberate wrong turn on his bike as he set off... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Ham Sandwich Virus Edition – Week 2

DutchNews podcast – The Ham Sandwich Virus Edition – Week 2

This week’s podcast was recorded while the cabinet was deciding whether to resign over the child benefits scandal, so we’re unable to respond to the possible collapse of he government. But we can bring you up to speed on the coronavirus lockdown, the vaccination schedule and what sandwiches you can bring with you from the UK. Despite predictions of economic meltdown, fewer businesses went to the wall than ever in 2020 and one home delivery firm saw its profits soar.... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Blazing Bicycles and Ferris Wheels Edition – Week 1

DutchNews podcast – The Blazing Bicycles and Ferris Wheels Edition – Week 1

2021 begins with a muted bang and the prospect of a long, cold winter lockdown. Health minister Hugo de Jonge showed his disdain for ‘symbolic’ gestures as the Netherlands’ vaccination programme was finally launched at a televised press conference. The mayor of The Hague, Jan van Zanen, came under fire for a New Year protest that bore an uncanny resemblance to a street party. And speaking of parties, a record number signed up to take part in the March 2021... More >


DutchNews podcast bonus episode: The Dutch Design Dog Chair Edition

DutchNews podcast bonus episode: The Dutch Design Dog Chair Edition

Our special Ask Me Anything was recorded in the summer in the innocent, carefree days before the second wave. We tackled your questions on why the Dutch were being so mean to the Italians, the price of Trouby’s dog food and Belgian architecture. We also try to rank flavours of drop and Dutch ice-cream flavours, which makes us wish coronavirus would take away our sense of taste. And you can enjoy Paul’s reflections on going to see the worst Dutch... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Jesus Take The Avocado Edition – Week 50

DutchNews podcast – The Jesus Take The Avocado Edition – Week 50

We’ve got a Christmas games and puzzles edition of the podcast to wrap up the year. Hugo de Jonge leaves the rest of the CDA playing Exploding Kittens for a new leader following his unexpected departure. The government continues to play whack-a-mole with the coronavirus pandemic as infections increase. The ChristenUnie tries a new opening gambit by including contraceptives in the basic healthcare package. And there’s the riddle of the metal monolith that materialised from nowhere in Friesland. Want to... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Defenestrated Bond Villain Edition – Week 49

DutchNews podcast – The Defenestrated Bond Villain Edition – Week 49

We throw the spotlight on the bureaucratic vices of intransigence and incompetence in this week’s podcast. We take an in-depth look at the parliamentary inquiry into the child benefits system, which left thousands of families financially and emotionally ruined when they were wrongly tagged as fraudsters. There’s a whole lot of voting going on as Forum voor Democratie hold a referendum on Thierry Baudet’s leadership and the annual celebration of shopping-mall wallpaper that is the Top 2000 kicks off. We... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Forum for Democrazy Edition – Week 48

DutchNews podcast – The Forum for Democrazy Edition – Week 48

It began in the spring, died away during the summer and came back with a roar in the autumn. No, not coronavirus, but the disintegration of right-wing populist party Forum voor Democratie, which burst apart this week in a shower of resignations, poison-pen letters and video tirades, with a backing track of 80s disco. We do our best to make sense of it all and pick out the highlights, as well as ask what happens to the FVD vote. We... More >