Thursday 23 September 2021
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 >


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 >