Saturday 13 August 2022
DutchNews podcast – The Six Degrees of Johan Remkes Edition – Week 27 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Six Degrees of Johan Remkes Edition – Week 27 2022

Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks of drop, gin and stroopwafels healthy? Click here to become a Patreon backer Farmers this week stepped up their protests against the government’s nitrogen policy by blocking deliveries of food to supermarkets. That was especially bad news for the government’s new team of tax inspectors who have the Herculean task of classifying fruit and vegetables. While the farmers came under fire for ploughing up a nature reserve, police are facing... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Sledgehammer Diplomacy Edition – Week 26 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Sledgehammer Diplomacy Edition – Week 26 2022

Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks of drop, gin and stroopwafels healthy? Click here to become a Patreon backer Farmers stepped up their protests this week, bringing two cows to The Hague to illustrate the effect of the government’s nitrogen reduction plans. One cow would go to the slaughterhouse today, the other would go back to the farm to be slaughtered later. Police described the hardliners’ approach as a threat to democracy as CDA MP Derk... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Big Farmageddon Edition – Week 25 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Big Farmageddon Edition – Week 25 2022

Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks of drop, gin and stroopwafels healthy? Click here to become a Patreon backer After a two-year ceasefire during the pandemic, farmers warn their tractors are not for turning as a new wave of protests begins against the government’s plans to cut nitrogen emissions. Coronavirus infections are rising but health minister Ernst Kuipers sees no cause for alarm, as long as everyone follows his lead and washes their hands. Mark Rutte... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Speedy Boarding for Russian Spies Edition – Week 24 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Speedy Boarding for Russian Spies Edition – Week 24 2022

Want to support the DutchNews podcast and keep our stocks of drop, gin and stroopwafels healthy? Click here to become a Patreon backer It was the week the Dutch government discovered the truth of what a famous Scotsman once said about the best laid schemes of mice and men. Schiphol airport announced thousands of flights will be cancelled this summer because it can’t recruit enough staff. Agriculture minister Christianne van der Wal was doorstepped by angry farmers and censured by... More >


DutchNews podcast – The 1922 Boomers and Bangers Edition – Week 23 2022

DutchNews podcast – The 1922 Boomers and Bangers Edition – Week 23 2022

The Netherlands needs to ramp up its efforts to cut nitrogen production, including measures to reduce the agriculture sector, nature minister Christianne van der Wal warned this week. Also in line for a shake-up is the police force, where racist officers will face stronger sanctions and senior officers take on the macho culture. Rotterdam city council stretches the boundaries of ‘big tent’ politics as polar opposites Leefbaar and Denk go into coalition together. And as a New Year fireworks ban... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Great Pencil and Baboon Migration Edition – Week 22 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Great Pencil and Baboon Migration Edition – Week 22 2022

In a week dominated by queues and logjams, Schiphol airport struck a deal with ground staff to try to avoid a summer of misery for air passengers. Dutch motorists began queueing for petrol in Germany as Russia put the squeeze on fuel prices. A housing bottleneck left people sleeping on chairs at Ter Apel refugee centre, while Westland’s greenhouse industry wastes no time in exploiting Ukrainian workers. The waiting list for compensation for earthquake damage in Groningen could grow longer... More >


DutchNews podcast: The Nokia Pigeon Post Archive Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Nokia Pigeon Post Archive Edition

It turns out Mark Rutte doesn’t have the most unreliable memory in the Netherlands: that accolade goes to his trusty old Nokia 301. We digest the fall-out from Nokiagate and ask what happened to Rutte’s promises of a more open style of government. Collective paralysis also seems to have afflicted the coronavirus response, with health experts warning of an autumn lockdown as minister Ernst Kuipers tells businesses to make their own pandemic control plans. The CBS warns of economic stagnation... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Volendam Aural Torture Chamber Edition – Week 19 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Volendam Aural Torture Chamber Edition – Week 19 2022

The shiny new administrative culture was put back in its box this week as Mark Rutte and Sigrid Kaag roamed the parliamentary corridors drumming up support for their spring budget package. In the debating chamber, parents who were targeted in the childcare benefits scandal walked out as a coalition MP refused to take questions during his maiden speech. Eleven gangsters were jailed in a gruesome case in which a sea container was fitted out as a makeshift torture chamber. Erik... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Drunken Baby Bird Liberation Edition – Week 18 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Drunken Baby Bird Liberation Edition – Week 18 2022

The women take over this week as we remember the dead of World War II and celebrate freedom, while three peregrine falcon chicks escape their eggs on a ledge high above the Rijksmuseum. We ask can Hugo de Jonge solve the housing crisis, as he did coronavirus, or would he perhaps be better off trying to sort out the mess at Schiphol airport? The Netherlands has tumbled in the annual press freedom index but is there a link to the... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Grey Monk’s Eyeopener Edition – Week 17 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Grey Monk’s Eyeopener Edition – Week 17 2022

More evidence this week that the Netherlands is recovering from the coronavirus pandemic as people try to offload the jigsaw puzzles and DVDs they bought during lockdown on the King’s Day street markets. The government has a clear-out of its munitions depots to support Ukraine’s war effort, as Ukrainian refugees boost net migration in the first quarter of 2022. King Willem-Alexander finally makes it to Maastricht, while Amsterdam keeps up its Koningsdag tradition of imposing an alcohol limit that everyone... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Pull the Gilles Beschoor Plug Edition – Week 16 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Pull the Gilles Beschoor Plug Edition – Week 16 2022

This week the PvdA had to find a new leader after Lilianne Ploumen decided she was unsuited to the job and quit as an MP. But the real crisis was at D66, where Sigrid Kaag was undermined by the party’s woefully misjudged handling of a sexual harassment inquiry. Germany angered the islanders of Schiermonnikoog by announcing plans to drill for gas in the Waddenzee. Feyenoord tore up their plans for a new stadium on the Maas and Erik ten Hag... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Passion of the Hugo Edition – Week 14 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Passion of the Hugo Edition – Week 14 2022

Former health minister Hugo de Jonge tried to extricate himself from the face mask scandal this week by defending a deal that he officially had nothing to do with. Another former minister, Stef Blok, is deployed to speed up the confiscation of Russian assets as the number of Ukrainian refugees reaches 22,000. Soaring fuel prices drive inflation up to its highest level in 1976, while economic uncertainty puts the brakes on the housing market. In football news, Ajax coach Erik... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Planning Putin’s Popcorn Party Edition – Week 13 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Planning Putin’s Popcorn Party Edition – Week 13 2022

[Apology: unfortunately this week’s recording was disturbed by occasional drilling noises. We have passed the workman’s details on to Maurice de Hond.] Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy was the toast of Brielle this week as he commemorated the 450th anniversary of the town’s liberation from Spain. In his address to the Tweede Kamer he also called on the Dutch to send more weapons, stop buying Russian gas and lift the handbrake on his country’s wish to join the EU. Zwolle is... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Exploding Sluices and Vanishing Statues Edition – Week 12 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Exploding Sluices and Vanishing Statues Edition – Week 12 2022

Disgrace and disappointment dominate a week in which Hugo de Jonge again dodged questions about his part in a deal to buy substandard face masks that made three enterprising young lobbyists €20 million richer. His successor as health minister, Ernst Kuipers, warned that the pandemic isn’t over but we’re going to remove all the restrictions anyway. A book that accused a Jewish notary of betraying Anne Frank’s family is withdrawn from sale after an independent report dismantles its central claims.... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Dreadlock Him Up Edition – Week 11 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Dreadlock Him Up Edition – Week 11 2022

We do our best to help you digest the alphabet soup that is the local election results, including the sad news that Jesus will not be setting Rotterdam’s municipal tax rates for the next four years. The flu season kicks off just as the last coronavirus restrictions are lifted and Ernst Kuipers puts his faith in the common sense of the Dutch people. The Netherlands is struggling to meet its climate change targets or find an estimated €90 bn of... More >


DutchNews podcast – The War On Limburg Edition – Week 10 2022

DutchNews podcast – The War On Limburg Edition – Week 10 2022

As war continues to rage in Ukraine, we focus this week on a campaign closer to home: the municipal elections on March 16. There’s rage in The Hague too as foreign affairs minister Sigrid Kaag goes AWOL in faraway Maastricht. The government brings in measures to relieve the effect of the war on living costs, but not until July. Luckily it’s wasting no time in taking down the coronavirus restrictions just as infections crank up in the wake of Carnaval.... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Uitwaaien Olympics Edition – Week 8 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Uitwaaien Olympics Edition – Week 8 2022

A massive upheaval of the European postwar order and the invasion of a sovereign state puts a damper on the Netherlands’ coronavirus “freedom day”. Politicians roundly condemn Vladimir Putin’s incursion in Ukraine, but only after Mark Rutte makes time to chat about his car on a TV talk show. Three storms caused record amounts of damage to cars and buildings and left four people dead. A suspiciously named brand of gin triggers ‘No Go’ letters from Yoko Ono and an... More >


DutchNews podcast: The Freedom for Squirrels Party Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Freedom for Squirrels Party Edition

Freedom Day is almost here, and what finer way to celebrate than by reviving the biggest superspreading events of the last two years: Carnaval in Brabant and reopening nightclubs? Confusion abounded at political party Volt as one of its MPs was suspended over allegations of inappropriate behaviour shortly after being the target of online abuse. Ireen Wüst brings down the curtain on her illustrious skating career as the Dutch team scoop up medals in Beijing. Storm Eunice brings chaos to... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Geubbels and Göbbels Edition – Week 6 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Geubbels and Göbbels Edition – Week 6 2022

Following the cancellation of TV talent show The Voice, football club Ajax and the Dutch parliament are the latest institutions to face accusations of sexual harassment. The Dutch government brings forward plans to relax the pandemic measures and sketched out its strategy for ‘living with the virus’. Energy prices drive inflation up to its highest level in 40 years, but are wages keeping pace? Also, we explain why Big Brother is watching you on discount store cameras and how a... More >


DutchNews podcast – The Jeff’s Hef Ophef Edition – Week 5 2022

DutchNews podcast – The Jeff’s Hef Ophef Edition – Week 5 2022

We sift through the wreckage of a week when Storm Corrie battered the coastline, a German cargo ship smashed up a wind farm and the cold case team investigating the betrayal of Anne Frank ran into strong headwinds. The government trashed its plans for a 2G coronavirus pass just as half a million vaccine certificates are destined for the shredder. And billionaire Jeff Bezos sparked uproar with plans to dismantle a Rotterdam landmark to make way his gargantuan new yacht.... More >