Saturday 19 June 2021
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 >


DutchNews podcast – The Vegan Sjopperdepop Popcorn Edition

DutchNews podcast – The Vegan Sjopperdepop Popcorn Edition

The podcast team look forward to the mouthwatering prospect of bitterballen for breakfast as step two of lifting the coronavirus restrictions looms into view. One thing falling even faster than the infection numbers is Forum voor Democratie’s seat count as the party splits faster than a uranium atom on steroids. Riots break out in Doetinchem as Go Ahead Eagles pip De Graafschaap in the heated battle to get out of the Keuken Kampioen Divisie. Afghan interpreters come under the spotlight... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Ukulele Pannenkoek Conspiracy Edition – Week 18

DutchNews podcast – The Ukulele Pannenkoek Conspiracy Edition – Week 18

For the second year in a row the May 4 and May 5 ceremonies took place without an audience. Actor André van Duin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel marked the event with moving speeches about rebuilding after the war, while conspiracy theorists commemorated it with a tasteless poster about coronavirus rules. The Netherlands’ largest online retailer bol.com was reeled in by an online phishing scam that cost it €750,000. Bees, cows and jackals all feature in our round-up of animal... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Belarus Bike Tour Edition – Week 17

DutchNews podcast – The Belarus Bike Tour Edition – Week 17

Sighs of relief alternated with sharp intakes of breath this week, with coronavirus rules being relaxed just as the number of patients in hospital reached a four-month high. Minutes of cabinet meetings confirmed that ministers tried to stonewall MPs’ efforts to expose the child benefits scandal. Another critical report shed a light on the culture of bullying and abuse in the world of gymnastics. And a Dutchman’s dream of starting a new life in Belarus was scuppered when he was... More >


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 40% 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 >