Thursday 24 September 2020
DutchNews podcast – The Crime Doesn’t Pay Dividend Tax Edition – Week 42

DutchNews podcast – The Crime Doesn’t Pay Dividend Tax Edition – Week 42

Fireworks and firearms are to the fore in this week’s podcast as we rake over the ashes of Rutte’s dividend tax debacle, find out how police blew open a suspected terrorist cell in Arnhem, and reveal how Amsterdam plans to make New Year a less explosive occasion. Plus the Night Watch gets a very public makeover and for once there’s plenty to cheer about in the sporting arena. In our discussion we look at how local mayors are increasingly being... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Pitchforks and Pindakaas Edition – Week 41

DutchNews podcast – The Pitchforks and Pindakaas Edition – Week 41

  It’s been a week of departures as D66 leader Alexander Pechtold handed over the reins to Rob Jetten, Mark Rutte pulled the plug on his dividend tax plan, Unilever rowed back from Rotterdam and the Zwarte Piet motorway blockers had to leave their clogs at the door. Plus Bibian Mentel hangs up her snowboard as she reveals she’s been diagnosed with cancer for the 10th time. In our discussion we take a look at the ongoing efforts to reunite... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Blackface Barbies and Bonnetjes Edition – Week 41

DutchNews podcast – The Blackface Barbies and Bonnetjes Edition – Week 41

  It’s been a week of comings and goings after Russian spies were ejected from The Hague, Pim Fortuyn’s assassin was allowed to emigrate, and Zwarte Piet got a last-minute reprieve. Ajax returned from Germany with a point in the Champions League and Unilever looked poised to stay in Brexit Britain despite the Dutch government’s offer of a tax sweetener. In our discussion we try to bring you up to speed on the national soap opera that is the Willem... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Smoke and Terrorist-Free Bubble Edition – Week 39

DutchNews podcast – The Smoke and Terrorist-Free Bubble Edition – Week 39

  Partnerships made the headlines this week as Sigrid Kaag answered Rihanna’s call to invest in education, Mark Rutte called on the UN to secure justice for the victims of the MH17 disaster and new fathers were given more time off work to spend with their babies. One baby that stirred more controversy was Morgan the orca’s calf, born in Tenerife despite a ‘no breeding’ clause in the contract that regulated her move to Spain. And police and security services... More >


DutchNews podcast – The All The King’s Belgian Horses Edition – Week 38

DutchNews podcast – The All The King’s Belgian Horses Edition – Week 38

  In this week’s podcast we bring you the latest news on the tragic accident in Brabant that cost four young children their lives. As it was budget day we also analyse the government’s financial plans, including controversial measures on the dividend tax and the 30% ruling, as well as who wore the best hats and how government statisticians and Belgian horses made up the numbers. And while Dick Lawyer returned to the field for a last hurrah, a group... More >


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 >