Friday 21 February 2020
DutchNews podcast – The Dick Lawyer Returns With A Leaky Suitcase Edition – Week 37

DutchNews podcast – The Dick Lawyer Returns With A Leaky Suitcase Edition – Week 37

  On this week’s podcast, we update you on Lili and Howick, further the leaks ahead of Budget Day and discuss the potential changes to the dual nationality law. Dick Lawyer returns and Paul sneaks in a bonus op hef. In the discussion, Molly interviews Gordon about his recently published memoir. All The Time We Thought We Had. Molly’s Twitter Thread Top story Government plans leak out ahead of Tuesday’s 2019 budget News Minister changes his mind, Lili and Howick... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Blok’s Book of Bigots Edition – Week 36

DutchNews podcast – The Blok’s Book of Bigots Edition – Week 36

The podcast returns after the summer hiatus with news of a foreign minister fighting to stay in his job, two children fighting to stay in the country and students fighting for space on overcrowded university campuses. We also bring you up to speed on the terrorist stabbing at Amsterdam station and ING bank’s unprecedented fine for money laundering, plus how Wesley Sneijder’s last match as a Dutch international gave a whole new meaning to playing at home. In our discussion... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Groundhog Ophef Edition – Week 28

DutchNews podcast – The Groundhog Ophef Edition – Week 28

  With the summer break looming, we decided to pick out our favourite examples of ‘ophef’ – those tornados of outrage that blow up on social media only to be forgotten within 24 hours – from the year so far. It was also a week in which Mark Rutte got caught up in another Trump whirlwind at Nato, Frisian water engineers proved to be more useful than Elon Musk, the king faced a possible fine for flying drones in his... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Rutte Gets Busy Edition – Week 28

DutchNews podcast – The Rutte Gets Busy Edition – Week 28

  As one of the longest droughts on record continues, examiners are feeling the heat after an administrative meltdown leaves hundreds of students in Limburg facing a miserable summer. The government admits that new migrants have been left high and dry by the integration process, employees are being burned by the rise of casual labour and Max Verstappen is on fire in the Austrian Grand Prix. In the discussion Paul and Molly look back at how Mark Rutte hot-footed it... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Everything Is Miserable Edition – Week 26

DutchNews podcast – The Everything Is Miserable Edition – Week 26

Own goals, defensive stalemates and an unorthodox formation – no, not the World Cup, but Rotterdam’s talks to find a coalition, which finally concluded this week. This week the podcast team discuss the last week’s political developments, which also saw former GroenLinks leader Femke Halsema come out of retirement to become Amsterdam’s first female mayor. In another first for women, sailing came home as Carolijn Brouwers celebrated victory in the Volvo Ocean Race, which finished in Scheveningen harbour. There was... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Canna-Business as Usual Edition – Week 25

DutchNews podcast – The Canna-Business as Usual Edition – Week 25

  The podcast team looks back at a week of contrasts, as falling crime levels lead the government to consider closing more prisons while rising sea levels trigger a deal to set long-term climate change targets. As PSV’s manager Phillip Cocu gets ready to fly out to Turkey, the Netherlands’ Moroccan footballers are flying home after an early exit in Russia. And police arrest four people suspected of supplying illegal guns to terrorists in France, but terrorism is ruled out... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Balls, Bans and Bangs Edition – Week 24

DutchNews podcast – The Balls, Bans and Bangs Edition – Week 24

  The podcast team looks back at a week in which the government decided that burqas were a bigger threat to society than stray fireworks, a school in Drenthe shelved plans to stage a mock shooting and Delft’s porcelain image was rattled by a series of blasts and bombings. Schiphol airport vowed to get tough on passengers who pre-load during pre-boarding and the women’s football team almost blew their chances of World Cup qualification. In our discussion we ask if... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Did You Spill My Coffee Edition – Week 23

DutchNews podcast – The Did You Spill My Coffee Edition – Week 23

This week’s podcast asks if Amsterdam can hold back the rampant spread of tourism in the age of Airbnb and stag weekends. We also look back at a week in which Mark Rutte’s handiness with a mop broke the internet, universities once again asked if English is taking over on campus, AD’s fishy judging panels kicked up a stink and two fallen giants of world football went through the motions in Turin. Ophef of the week Frosty reception for Leidschendam... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Crunching Councils, Sleeping Lion Edition – Week 22

DutchNews podcast – The Crunching Councils, Sleeping Lion Edition – Week 22

  This week’s podcast brings you up to date on the process of forming council administrations after this year’s local elections. Elsewhere, torrential rain causes havoc around the country, the Dutch government gets tough on Russia over the MH17 inquiry, opposition grows to reforming the 30% tax ruling, and a court makes a groundbreaking ruling on gender neutrality. We also look at how Tom Dumoulin narrowly missed out on the Giro d’Italia title and what happened when a purloined lion-shaped... More >


DutchNews podcast: The 8% is the Goldilocks Zone of Communism Edition

DutchNews podcast: The 8% is the Goldilocks Zone of Communism Edition

  This week’s podcast looks at the ramifications of the latest developments in the MH17 inquiry as the Dutch government and joint investigation team point the finger of blame squarely at Russia. We also find out about the Friesland community came up with an eye-catching additional member to the European Capital of Culture programme, why a soldier is being given a ceremonial burial four centuries after he died and who won the battle of the Dicks on the football field.... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Ophefgeddon Edition – Week 20

DutchNews podcast – The Ophefgeddon Edition – Week 20

  The podcast returns after a two-week break with a round-up of the minor outrages that have been swirling round social media, from the French family who cheated death at a safari park to Hema’s protracted protractors and Thierry Baudet’s unsettling ode to a baguette. Elsewhere, find out why Mark Rutte had some unlikely guests on his flight back from the Caribbean, how Amsterdam is planning to turn back the tourist tide and why universities are concerned about the growth... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Shortbread and Chill Edition – Week 18

DutchNews podcast – The Shortbread and Chill Edition – Week 18

  It’s an especially taxing edition of the podcast this week as we ask if the government has left expats high and dry with its changes to the 30% rule. Elsewhere, the Prime Minister fires a warning shot over the EU’s plans to raise its budget after Brexit, passengers at Schiphol are stranded by a power cut, FC Twente crash out of the Eredivisie, Max Verstappen crashes out of another Grand Prix and an eight-year-old girl has an uplifting experience... More >


DutchNews Podcast – The More Coke Less Drop Edition – week 16

DutchNews Podcast – The More Coke Less Drop Edition – week 16

We have a second shot at discussing the war on drugs in the week’s podcast: is the Netherlands really becoming a narcostate, and are so-called ‘cocaine yogis’, with their healthy eating, hard partying lifestyles really to blame? We also bring you the latest news on British citizens’ efforts to secure their rights ahead of Brexit, the expats who are allegedly taking over Amstelveen’s schools, the impasse in Rotterdam’s coalition talks and a rugby club that’s going to surreal lengths to... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Breaking Brabant Edition – Week 15

DutchNews podcast – The Breaking Brabant Edition – Week 15

  It’s a week of shattered illusions on the podcast as a former CDA politician in Brabant is jailed for his part in the Netherlands’ biggest ever drugs farm and a Jeff Koons sculpture meets an explosive fate in an Amsterdam church. Also: is the housing market overheating, why did a singing road lose its voice, and how did hawks and sea eagles become embroiled in a treetop turf war? Top story Former politician jailed for hosting Netherlands’ biggest drugs... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Arm All Prostitutes Edition – Week 14

DutchNews podcast – The Arm All Prostitutes Edition – Week 14

After scoffing all their Easter chocolate in record time, the podcast team return with news of the Dutch lawyer jailed for his part in Donald Trump’s rise to power, why the supermarkets came under fire for their part in English football fans’ latest rampage through Amsterdam, and the man ordered by his local council to hunt down and catch a school of vanishing goldfish. We also look at proposals to change the security law, in the wake of the sleepwet... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Spekkoek and Straciatella Edition

DutchNews podcast – The Spekkoek and Straciatella Edition

It’s an election results special in this week’s podcast, as we discuss why local parties rule the roost, how D66 lost out in the cities, whether it can get any worse for Labour and who fared best of the newcomers, including Denk, the PVV and the Animal Rights Party. There’s also news of the ‘dragnet’ referendum, technological advances in football and death in the Oostvaardersplassen. Local election special GroenLinks and local parties are big election winners How the parties fared... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Disaster Tourism Edition – Week 11

DutchNews podcast – The Disaster Tourism Edition – Week 11

With a week to go until the local elections, we bring you up to speed on the soap opera that is Rotterdam’s campaign and explain how and where you can cast your vote. Elsewhere, was ING’s about-turn on its CEO’s pay rise a victory for people power, and did Unilever’s decision to close its London headquarters really have nothing to do with Brexit or the Dutch government’s abolition of dividend tax? There’s also the remarkable story of the Paralympic athlete... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Uber Dull Blok Edition – Week 10

DutchNews podcast – The Uber Dull Blok Edition – Week 10

In the week when the most boring man in politics returned to the cabinet, a plot by taxi drivers to storm Uber’s offices with fireworks and molotov cocktails was foiled Dutch cyclists won a clutch of medals at the indoor track world championships, we dig deep to find some more riveting news – like the car abandoned in the middle of the sea and the homeless man who was fined for cooking heron’s legs. We also have the second part... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Broken Referendum Edition – Week 9

DutchNews podcast – The Broken Referendum Edition – Week 9

    It may be just about the coldest start to March on record, but there’s plenty of hot topics to digest on this week’s podcast. We find out why Geert Wilders’s efforts to thaw relations with Russia got a less than warm reception from the MH17 relatives, how a teenager won the right to brand himself a prince and what burning issues the Netherlands plans to tackle as chair of the UN security council. Plus the Winter Olympians return... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Bad Red Bat Bulb Edition – Week 8

DutchNews podcast – The Bad Red Bat Bulb Edition – Week 8

In this week’s podcast we bring you the latest news on the campaign to prosecute tobacco firms for damaging public health, the row over whether Parliament should deny the people a referendum on its plan to scrap referendums, and the Dutch gold rush at the Winter Olympics. We also find out why a Bible belt town took a dim view of its new bat-friendly street lighting and asked if new Dutch fathers will have the energy to cheer plans to... More >