Thursday 24 September 2020
DutchNews podcast – Article 13 Is Worse Than Article 50 – Week 13

DutchNews podcast – Article 13 Is Worse Than Article 50 – Week 13

  Foreign interference looms large in this week’s podcast as tulip growers tell tourists to stop trampling through their fields, the Dutch and Australian governments begin a series of highly awkward talks with Russia on the investigation into flight MH17, a Picasso is recovered from the clutches of the international underworld and Oranje’s bright young upstarts are taught a familiar lesson by the Germans. In our discussion we ask why Europe’s new copyright directive has become the most hated thing... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Owls Are Not What They Seem Edition – Week 12

DutchNews podcast – The Owls Are Not What They Seem Edition – Week 12

  Thierry Baudet’s success in the provincial elections stirred up plenty of ophef (as well as sparking a speech cobbled together from off-cuts of Oswald Spengler and rejected Nick Kershaw lyrics), but has it really changed the political landscape? We dissect the results and discuss the implications for Mark Rutte’s cabinet on this week’s podcast. Plus the latest on the Utrecht shooting, which is now being treated as a terrorist act, where the Netherlands ranks on the world happiness index,... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Ministry of Silly Dancing Edition – Week 11

DutchNews podcast – The Ministry of Silly Dancing Edition – Week 11

  In a week when the government agreed to bring in a “polluter pays” tax on CO2 emissions, the atmosphere turned poisonous at an Amsterdam school where staff are accused of having terrorist sympathies and in the fishing community of Urk, where a mob descended on the home of a migrant family. Mark Rutte nears the end of his tether over Brexit, though if if he’s hopping mad or stockpiling Marmite he’ll have to stay away from the Foreign Affairs... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Magnificent Solo Gift Card Edition – Week 9

DutchNews podcast – The Magnificent Solo Gift Card Edition – Week 9

  A week of impulse buys and dodgy transactions is capped by the Dutch government increasing its stake in Air France-KLM, sparking ophef in Paris and causing the airline’s share price to take a nosedive. We do our best to untangle the can of worms that was opened by Wopke Hoekstra’s surprise move. Elsewhere, 90,000 bottles of vodka marked for Kim Jong-Un are seized in Rotterdam, new migrants are warned not to fall for scammers posing as the Dutch immigration... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Jihadi Daycare Edition – Week 8

DutchNews podcast – The Jihadi Daycare Edition – Week 8

  The sound of doors slamming shut echoes through this week’s podcast as the Netherlands says it will turn away returning IS fighters, Venezuela closes its border with Curacao and a Dutch journalist has a full-on crockery-smashing row with a Fox News host. We also find out how the cabinet got its fingers burned over energy bills and discuss whether compelling children from immigrant families to attend pre-school will really help them integrate better. News Coalition parties projected to lose... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Everyone’s a Muppet Edition – Week 8

DutchNews podcast – The Everyone’s a Muppet Edition – Week 8

A blockbuster edition of the podcast this week as the Dutch government sends in Stef Blok to wrestle with a muppet named Brexit and try to beat Venezuela’s aid blockade by going through Curacao. We also hear how Ajax took pride from a home defeat, Amsterdam’s mayor raised the stop sign to red light tourism and a Dutch entrepreneur’s flour bomb blew up in his face. In our discussion we review the court decision that could allow dozens of people... More >


DutchNews Podcast – The Whistling Dixit Edition – Week 6

DutchNews Podcast – The Whistling Dixit Edition – Week 6

  There’s an end of days feel to the podcast as we review a week in which schoolchildren took a collective day off to demand urgent action on global warming, just days after MPs agreed to talk about it for a bit longer. We also look at how Geert Wilders became Islam’s number one recruiting sergeant, why a no-deal Brexit could trigger medicine shortages in the Netherlands, a setback for British expats and Dutch shoemakers, and perhaps the most alarming... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Tweede Derde Vierde Kamer Mint Edition – Week 5

DutchNews podcast – The Tweede Derde Vierde Kamer Mint Edition – Week 5

  It’s a high-stakes edition of the podcast as political parties are banned from receiving foreign donations, the government sees an €8 million Rubens painting go west and cyclists face €95 fines for using mobile phones. In sport, physiotherapists’ goldmine Robin van Persie leaves Ajax’s €75 million man chasing shadows in the Klassieker, while FC Utrecht call time on Dick Advocaat’s lucrative career. And we discuss whether the deal to grant amnesty for more child refugees to settle means Mark... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Barefoot Refugees Edition – Week 4

DutchNews podcast – The Barefoot Refugees Edition – Week 4

Dirty money and clean air are the hot topics on this week’s podcast as the government is warned it won’t meet the targets for CO2 emissions in the Urgenda ruling, while coming under pressure to tighten its fiscal rules to stop tax money flowing out of the country and organised criminals flowing in. In sport Frenkie de Jong celebrates his big-money transfer to Barcelona by leaking four goals to Heerenveen. And the controversial Oostvaardersplassen cull proves to be a big... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Blame David Cameron Edition – Week 3

DutchNews podcast – The Blame David Cameron Edition – Week 3

It may be winter outside, but there’s been plenty to get hot under the collar about on the news front this week. Amsterdam’s most infamous neighbourhood gets a less than clean bill of health, party leaders turn up the heat on the climate change deal and showbiz star Gordon (no relation) sees red over a spicy TV review. We also bring you the results of the Ophef of the Year vote, hot off the press, and discuss the ongoing nuclear... More >


DutchNews Podcast – The Bonfire of the Ophefs Edition – Week 2

DutchNews Podcast – The Bonfire of the Ophefs Edition – Week 2

  The podcast returns after the Christmas holidays to blaze a trail through the opening week of the year. We ask why a 48-metre bonfire on a beach on a windy night surprised the authorities by setting things on fire, whether internationals are really responsible for Amsterdam’s sizzling hot housing market, and what British nationals in the Netherlands can do if they want to escape the firestorm of Brexit. In our discussion we choose our 10 favourite social media micro-infernos... More >


DutchNews bonus podcast: The 2000 Problems But Zoutelande Ain’t One Edition

DutchNews bonus podcast: The 2000 Problems But Zoutelande Ain’t One Edition

The podcast team is taking a break over the festive season to stuff themselves full of rollade, kerststol and Advocaat, but we have a special bonus discussion for you on one of the Netherlands’ most enduring traditions, the Top 2000. Every year the nation casts its votes for its favourite pop tunes, which are then played in reverse order during the week after Christmas, inevitably culminating with Bohemian Rhapsody in the final minutes of 2018. As Gordon bemoans the whole... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Commercial Breakdown Edition – Week 50

DutchNews podcast – The Commercial Breakdown Edition – Week 50

  Our last podcast of the year features a helter-skelter game of red cards, own goals and penalties that ultimately changed nothing, while away from the Brexit negotiations Ajax qualified for the next round of the Champions League. We ask why girls are more likely to move up the educational ladder then boys, whether stints will ever be allowed back on cycle paths and why a group of Chinese villagers were told to Buddha off by a Dutch court. In... More >


DutchNews podcast – The George Soros Eye Shadow Palettes Edition – Week 49

DutchNews podcast – The George Soros Eye Shadow Palettes Edition – Week 49

  As a round-the-clock deportation-busting church service draws the attention of the world’s media, Amsterdam calls time on the giant letters outside the Rijksmuseum, Dick Advocaat causes some ophef when he gets a time out in the referee’s room and Emile Ratelband is told he can’t turn the clock back on his passport. We also discuss why the Marrakesh pact to control migration has sparked a heated debate both in the Tweede Kamer and internationally. Ophef of the week: Intratuin’s... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Ginger and Lime Brexit Edition – Week 48

DutchNews podcast – The Ginger and Lime Brexit Edition – Week 48

The past looms large in this week’s podcast as rail operator NS agrees to compensate Holocaust victims who were transported on its trains. Amsterdam’s mayor comes under pressure to enforce the so-called burka ban, there’s a run on contraceptive pills, Mark Rutte delivers a ‘deal or no deal’ message on Brexit and health insurers sound the death knell for reincarnation therapy. In our discussion we look at the contenders for the annual Word of the Year competition. Ophef of the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Piets and Pensions Edition – Week 47

DutchNews podcast – The Piets and Pensions Edition – Week 47

  Things fall apart in this week’s podcast as we update you on the increasingly bitter Zwarte Piet debate, plans to deal with a no-deal Brexit, the dispute over the 30% ruling and an electoral boycott triggered by a missing hyphen. Thankfully the football team salvaged some pride with their stunning comeback against Germany. In our discussion we ask if the breakdown of talks to reform the pension system is the beginning of the end for the Dutch polder model.... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Brex’nkaas Breakdown Edition – Week 46

DutchNews podcast – The Brex’nkaas Breakdown Edition – Week 46

  In a week dominated by dodgy deals, Molly and Paul look at the implications of the Brexit breakthrough for UK nationals in the Netherlands, find out how a cinema chain lost €19 million in an internet scam and explain why Dutch language tests have been cancelled for the rest of the year. We also catch up with the ever petulant Max Verstappen, the triumphant women’s football team and the soft cheese manufacturers who learned the hard way that ‘over... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Mosquitos Should Be Dead By Halloween Edition – Week 45

DutchNews podcast – The Mosquitos Should Be Dead By Halloween Edition – Week 45

The regular podcast team returns to discuss whether nuclear power will kill us faster than global warming, why there’s been a rash of births among sports stars and whether filming at accident scenes should be banned. We also bring you up to date on the Pakistani lawyer fleeing religious persecution, Ajax’s revival in Europe and a forthcoming feast of Rembrandt. In the discussion we ask why several hospitals were allowed to go bankrupt last month and how the government can... More >


Dutch News podcast – The Feminazis Take Over Edition – Week 44

Dutch News podcast – The Feminazis Take Over Edition – Week 44

The Dutch News podcast this week moves to Amsterdam, ditches Gordon and Paul, and introduces a whole new host of characters behind your daily news site. Senay Boztas and Deborah Nicholls-Lee join Molly to talk about the latest in the story about an electric wagon maker filing for bankruptcy, what advice Mark Rutte is giving schoolchildren and a new turn in the case of a Dutch collector accused of owning a stolen mummy. Molly talks sports and the latest with... More >


DutchNews podcast – the Banquets and Bankruptcy Edition – Week 43

DutchNews podcast – the Banquets and Bankruptcy Edition – Week 43

  While King Willem-Alexander spiced up a royal banquet this week by mentioning Brexit and the last successful invasion of England in the same dinner speech, back in the Netherlands more recent ghosts loomed large as the government faced calls to apologise for the treatment of the so-called ‘kraut whores’ after WWII. We also focus on what happens to patients when a hospital goes bust, why religion has become a minority pursuit, the Champions League goalscoring hero who had a... More >