DutchNews podcast: The Hipster Santa Claus Landslide Edition

DutchNews podcast: The Hipster Santa Claus Landslide Edition

In this week's podcast we try to unravel the logic behind the European election debate featuring two men who weren't in the running but not the leader of the winning party, the blunder that led to hundreds of children being sent to the wrong secondary school, and the end-of-season football relegation play-offs. Duncan Laurence's Eurovision victory inspires an archetypal Dutch discussion about splitting the bill, Erik Wiebes triggers rumblings of discontent in Groningen and another VVD minister, Mark Harbers, resigns in a row over statistics. We also discuss justice minister Ferd Grapperhaus's plan to bring the laws on sexual assault up to date. If you’d like to back us on Patreon please follow this link – we’ll give you a shout-out and let you ask the podcast team a question. Ophef of the week: Eurovision presenter burns Madonna and riles (some) colleagues Top story Rutte v Baudet debate prompts flood of votes for Timmermans News Asylum minister Mark Harbers resigns in row over crime statistics Hundreds of 12-year-olds given wrong school advice Groningen hit by 3.4 earthquake as gas extraction impact continues Cities begin lobbying to stage next year's Eurovision – but there'll be no public cash Sport KNVB ditches end-of-season Eredivisie relegation play-offs Discussion: Reforming rape laws Dutch get tough on sex crimes and sexual intimidation online New sexual assault law must make sex without consent and sexual intimidation offences (KRO, Dutch) Dutch government page outlining justice minister's proposals (Dutch) The current law explained (Dutch) And if that was a bit heavy, here's Tucker the labrador reacting to a head massager:   More >

Wynia's Week: of taxation and inflation

Wynia’s Week: taxation and inflation – citizens are out of pocket The Dutch government knows how to look after itself but is leaving its citizens out of pocket, writes commentator Syp Wynia. The third Mark Rutte-led government is still failing to deliver on spending power.  Supermarket prices and energy bills are rising faster than wages. Taxes have been mounting to a record high, resulting in budget surpluses and rapidly diminishing government debt. Meanwhile the economy is showing signs of fatigue before people have even started to enjoy the fruits of its growth. It is a little known fact that the Netherlands is the inflation champion of the European Union. Only some Eastern European countries are showing similarly high price hikes. In the Netherlands price increases – almost 3% in April on a yearly basis – are almost entirely the result of tax hikes under Rutte III. Without them Dutch inflation would be at the European average of 1.5%. And while wages are not completely stagnant, a raise of almost 3% is not on the cards. Dutch workers...  More >

How to sell a house in the Netherlands

Time to leave NL or move somewhere bigger? Here’s how to sell a house You might think you can go it alone without an estate agent, but selling a house is about more than simply putting a 'te koop' label on your home and waiting for the offers to flood in. In today's housing market you need to all the help you can get to avoid the sharks and reel in the maximum profits. 'A photo of a grey street with a grey sky and untidy garden is not exactly going to get the potential buyers queuing up at your door,' says Mie-Lan Kok, an estate agent who runs a small team which specialises in helping internationals both buy and their sell their homes. 'People often don't realise it, but the first couple of photos that prospective buyers see on the website Funda are crucial - if your home's best feature is the gorgeous, sunny sitting room, that is what you should be showing, not the front door.' Dreary photographs aside - if you've decided to sell your home - perhaps because you are ready for something bigger, or because you are leaving the Netherlands for pastures...  More >

Game not over: video arcade games in NL

Game not over: the video arcade renaissance in the Netherlands Video arcades were all but extinct by the end of the 20th century, but they’ve managed to bounce back in recent years. Here in the Netherlands, you can find retrocades, arcades, barcades, pinball parlors, clubs, hotels, and museums devoted to the best games of the past, present, and future. De TonTon Club - Amsterdam (various locations) This small chain of cafes/barcades in Amsterdam was among the first in the recent string of video game centres to pop up in the Netherlands. The original location in De Wallen has been in operation since 2013 and has undergone several renovations over the years. The ball pit, which posed a serious risk to the health and safety of anyone who went near it, has thankfully been replaced with an expanded seating area where visitors can play tabletop games or just enjoy a beer along with a slice of pizza or a bowl of pasta. Jenga seems to be a particular favourite among the jet-lagged backpackers and stag parties who frequent this location after...  More >

The woman behind a 'vote for a woman' idea

Why vote for a woman? The campaign trying to stir up politics Strongman, iron lady…the awed terms we give our leaders are all wrong, according to Devika Partiman. This 31-year-old Dutch woman wants to radically change politics in the Netherlands and Europe, so that more people see themselves reflected in a diverse team of politicians. ‘We tend to look at the number one on the list – but he may not be the best politician but is probably the best spokesman, debater or salesman,’ says Partiman.’ The number five might be a former teacher who knows everything about education, and the number seven might be someone from healthcare. There’s no such thing as one best: in a good political system you have people from different backgrounds who make the best group.’ 36% of MPs In the Netherlands, women certainly aren’t well represented amongst their MPs – in fact, since 2010, the proportion of women among the 150 politicians has fallen, from 42.7% to 36% (and the number of women at the top of leading Dutch businesses is  also...  More >

Podcasts galore: English radio in NL

Podcasts galore: From English-language Dutch news to art and useful advice Radio is back and the number of podcasts out there has been growing steadily for years. The Netherlands is no exception and while there are plenty of Dutch-language podcasts, there are also plenty of English-language ones as well. Here’s a roundup of podcasts, in English, about the Netherlands. DutchNews.nl jumped on the podcasting bandwagon years ago and Molly Quell, Gordon Darroch and Paul Peeters take you through the week’s news and, most importantly, the week’s ophefs. The podcast is released every week on Friday afternoon. As far as we know, it’s the only podcast with an official podcast dog, Trouby. Find it on SoundCloud and other podcasting apps: Hosted by Lily-Anne Stroobach, a South African editor and producer, Dutch Buzz covers news in The Hague. The show is broadcast live on Den Haag FM 92.0 every Tuesday from 22:00 to 23:00. You can also find the show on their website: Amsterdam has its own English-language radio as well. Broadcast Amsterdam is on twenty-four...  More >

Podcast: Eurovision Is Worse Than Brexit

DutchNews podcast – The Eurovision Is Worse Than Brexit Edition – Week 20 Plenty of sea changes in this week's podcast as Mark Rutte takes the fight to Thierry Baudet, Sybrand Buma becomes the second coalition party leader to abandon ship in mid-term and Amsterdam's mayor decides not to impose a booze ban on the city's canals. The Hague opts out of the cabinet's plan for legalised cannabis cultivation, there's a poignant edge to Ajax's title celebrations and the food safety board warns people about the dangers of eating filet americain. In our discussion we ask if anyone does, or should, care about next week's European elections. If you'd like to back us on Patreon please follow this link – we'll give you a shout-out and let you ask the podcast team a question. Ophef of the week: Rutte challenges Baudet to TV debate Top story Netherlands suspends military training mission in Iraq News Enschede's mayor brands attack on Syrian refugee family a 'disgrace' Amsterdam's mayor calls alcohol ban on boats 'undesirable' The Hague passes...  More >

A new location for Eindhoven's Expat Fair

Expat Fair & Feel Good Market get a new location in Eindhoven Want to learn Dutch? Find a house? Experience Dutch culture, find a job, make connections, or solve immigration and tax issues? Or just want to have a fun day? You can do it all at the I am not a tourist Expat Fair & Feel Good Market in Eindhoven in June. This year makes it four in a row for the I am not a tourist Expat Fair Eindhoven, organised with the Holland Expat Center South and the event is a prime opportunity for the international community in the south of the Netherlands to get the low-down on life in the ‘low countries’. By the way, If you've been to the fair before, please note, this year it takes place in a bright new location in the Klokgebouw in the city centre. Pick up your free tickets here. On Sunday June 16, 50 specialist exhibitors and more than 1,500 internationals will come together to exchange information, find opportunities, orientation and business contacts. There will be workshops on all sorts of topics: think employment & entrepreneurship,...  More >

Young Dutch Moroccans are doing well: D66

Moroccans are doing very well despite useless integration policy: D66 Despite a worse than useless integration policy, young Dutch Moroccans are doing very well in the Netherlands, write D66 parliamentary party chairman Rob Jetten and integration spokesman Jan Paternotte. It is 50 years ago this week that the Netherlands and Morocco signed to a special deal regulating the migration of Moroccan workers to the Netherlands. Despite a completely inadequate integration policy, integration has been a resounding success as the new and successful generation of Moroccans shows. Although three quarters of the Moroccan ‘gastarbeiders’ who came to this country in the 1060s have returned to Morocco, many decided to stay. They, and their children and grandchildren in particular, have found their place in Dutch society and are putting their stamp on this country’s history. Ajax’ Champions League success couldn’t have happened without Hakim Ziyech, parliament wouldn’t meet without Khadija Arib and the Voice of Holland wouldn’t be the same without...  More >

'Albert Heijn's 35% off is the best thing'

‘My favourite Dutch thing is the 35% off section at Albert Heijn’ Raquel García Hermida-van der Walle is a Spanish national who works for an animal rescue charity and has lived in the small Frisian town of Gorredijk for the past seven years. She is also standing for election to the European parliament on behalf of D66 on May 23. How did you end up in the Netherlands? I met a man from Gorredijk while I was at a bachelorette party in Barcelona. We had a long distance relationship for a while, then it became serious and I decided to move to the Netherlands. That was in 2012. We had a daughter together but have since separated. I now have a new partner, also from Gorredijk, and we have twins together. My first partner and I share the care of our daughter, which is easy in a village. I first came here as an Erasmus student and did the third year of my degree at Utrecht University. I was also working with Survival International, a job which I continued to do remotely for a year. Now I work for Stichting AAP, which is a rescue centre for animals which...  More >

Dutch destinations: Terschelling

Dutch destinations: The Wadden Sea island of Terschelling If you want to get away from it all for a few days, the Wadden Sea island of Terschelling is easy to get to, offers great empty beaches and has enough to keep you busy even if you hit a wet weekend. Terschelling and Texel are the most touristy of the Wadden islands, yet both are very different. Texel is bigger and less dominated by holidaymakers. Terschelling is more an elongated sand dune and tourism is clearly its main source of income. Terschelling can trace its history back to 850, when a small church was built on a sand hill hill near Seerip or Strip in the far south west of the island. It has always been orientated towards the sea and among Terschelling's famous sons and daughters is seafarer Willem Barendz, who survived the winter marooned on the Artic ice in 1597. The island's other main claim to fame is that it is one of two Wadden islands where cranberries grow. You will find a great deal of cranberry-related items - from chutney to cordial - for sale on the island. Things...  More >