The Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte: his party has just produced a seven-page position paper suggesting it’s time for Europe to close its borders to refugees and asylum-seekers. Photograph: Thierry Charlier/AFP/Getty Images

Austerity and terrorism have made people in The Netherlands more conservative

Dutch Prime minister Mark Rutte talks to journalists after a debate in the parliament about the resignation of Dutch Justice minister Ivo Opstelten and his deputy Fred Teeven, in The Hague.

Police found Walther P22 gas pistol, ammunition and silencer at home of 17-year-old

Electronic cigarettes: Dutch research found that the products varied considerably. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Research showed vapour contained impurities at levels that could be detrimental to health

Sudan’s president Omar Hassan al-Bashir addresses Sufi supporters during a campaign rally of the ruling National Congress Party ahead of a presidential election next month. He has been wanted since 2009 on charges of genocide in Darfur. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

International Criminal Court is weakened by the UN Security Council

Aisling Casey: ‘There’s huge interest in Irish music here [Amsterdam]. But I wanted to show that the range of that music is much broader than most people expect.’ Photograph: Fred van’t Slot

Casey co-founded Dutch-Irish music festival in Amsterdam, in a venue she helped create

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the DAF factory in Eindhoven in February. Rutte’s Liberal Party and his junior coalition partners, Labour, are expected to lose heavily to Geert Wilders’ right-wing Freedom Party in provincial elections. Photograph: Getty Images

Government suffers second setback just days after prime minister Mark Rutte said jihadists would be ‘better dead’ than returning t(...)

Gemalto chief executive Olivier Piou said an internal investigation had shown that in 2010 and 2011 there had been ‘two particularly sophisticated intrusions’. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Security services tried to steal encryption keys, says world’s largest SIM card maker

Gemalto chief executive Olivier Piou said an internal investigation had shown that in 2010 and 2011 there had been ‘two particularly sophisticated intrusions’. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Security services tried to steal encryption keys, says Gemalto

Campaigners supporting the Assisted Suicide Scotland Bill during a rally outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh on February 17th. The Netherlands legalised assisted suicide in 2002 but the issue remains controversial there. Photograph: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Hague Letter: A new survey shows nearly two-thirds of doctors had helped patients to die

The cyberattack on the Netherlands began at 10am local time on Tuesday and continued for at least seven hours, during which all the main government websites were out of action. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Alarm over fact that site host mistook external attack for technical problem

Conspiracy theories: the West says the killers were Russian-backed separatists while Moscow claims the missile was fired by Ukrainian air force. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/EPA

Dutch unwillingness to set out details of warning has led to growing suspicion

Croatia’s justice minister Orsat Miljenic (left) shakes hands with his Serbian counterpart Nikola Selkovic prior to a session of the International Court of Justice in The Hague  yesterday. Photograph: AP Photo/Peter Dejong

International Court of Justice draws line between ethnic cleansing and genocide

Facebook: in a world where hacking is increasingly the criminals’ tool of choice, how well-equipped are we to drive cyber investigations in pursuit of crucial evidence?  Photograph: Reuters/Dado Ruvic

From mobile phone records to Facebook postings – courts must consider a new world of evidence

The moment the gunman is arrested in the studio for disrupting the evening news, reportedly demanding airtime. Photograph: AFP Photo/ANP/NOS

Quick-thinking guard leads to him to studio full of security cameras and police pounce quickly

Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb: ‘If you don’t like it here because some humourists are publishing a little newspaper you don’t like, may I say that you should just f*** off.’ Photograph: Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images

Rotterdam Letter: Ahmed Aboutaleb a sure-footed politician in melting-pot city

Dutch cartoonist Bernard Willem Holtrop, aka Willem, who lives in France and has contributed to Charlie Hebdo from the very first issue. Photograph: Pierre Duffour/AFP/Getty Images

Long-time ‘Charlie Hebdo’ contributor Bernard Holtrop lost ‘colleagues and friends’

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta: his case “has created a playbook for countries wanting to frustrate ICC proceedings”, according to law professor Eugene Kontorovich. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

International Criminal Court would face huge challenge in taking up Palestinian suit

Workers transport wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the site of the aircraft crash near the village of Hrabove in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, earlier this month. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

Ambassador’s tactless approach compounds grief felt by families

Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders: “I said what millions of people think and believe. The public prosecutors should be going after jihadists instead of me.”   Photograph: Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Dutch far-right leader seen on TV leading his supporters in anti-Moroccan chanting

The ICC has been identified as the one potential source of justice if alleged CIA torturers and their masters are to be called to account. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Laws and loyalty to the US hamper the International Criminal Court

Trucks carrying the wreckage of the Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH17 that crashed in Ukraine arrive at Gilze-Rijen airbase in Gilze-Rijen in The Netherlands. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

Investigators, led by Dutch, hope wreckage will provide evidence of what happened

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta: described the ICC case against him, which collapsed on Friday, as “a travesty”. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

ICC humiliated by collapse of three-year pursuit of Kenyan president

A man sits  in the harbour of Rotterdam, where armed detectives in Rotterdam seized their biggest haul of cocaine in a decade at the weekend. AFP PHOTO/ANP/ROBIN UTRECHT

Seizure means major distribution networks in Europe have been disrupted, say police

Laurent Gbagbo: he denies four charges  including murder and rape during  post-election clashes between December 2010 and April 2011. Photograph: Michael Kooren/AFP/Getty

Laurent Gbagbo to seek party leadership despite awaiting trial for crimes against humanity

Bloodstains are visible on a wall as men collect human remains at a site hit by what activists said was an air strike by forces loyal to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria, which is controlled by Islamic State militants. Photograph: Nour Fourat/Reuters

Teenager had travelled to Raqqa to marry jihadist boyfriend

Dutch far-right Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders in Schilderswijk: there have been problems  with supporters of Islamic State flying the flag, literally, for the new caliphate. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

Hague Letter: Council has been told it is not ready to deal with a possisble threat

 Dutch right wing  Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders:  “The popularity of the government is dwindling again and the threat of attack posed by returning jihadists with connections to Islamic State gives Wilders a stronger profile.” Photograph: Sander Koning/EPA

Poll of polls says Freedom Party would be beneficiary of government’s loss of seats if election held now

Relatives and friends of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines  disaster at  a national commemoration ceremony in Amsterdam yesterday. Photograph: Jasper Juinen-Pool/Getty Images

Names of 196 Dutch nationals who died in downing of aircraft over Ukraine read out

The red light district in Amsterdam. Dutch police have warned that drug dealers in the city are selling heroin in place of cocaine to unsuspecting tourists.

Drug believed to have killed 22-year-old British visitor to Amsterdam

Lead investigator Fred Westerbeke confirmed his team was preparing a “request for assistance” from Russia. Photograph: Alyona Zykina/EPA

Moscow claims missile was fired by Ukrainian aircraft

Euro group president and Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem: The Netherlands will pay €642 million bill “if the facts are correct”. Photograph: Koen van Weel/EPA

The price of Dutch economic success is calculated by Brussels at €642m

The Netherlands outgoing foreign minister Frans Timmermans (right) transfers his duties to Bert Koenders at the foreign ministry in The Hague on October 17th.  Photograph: Valerie Kuypers/ EPA

Bert Koenders to replace foreign minister who revealed detail about flight MH17

In most cases, the losses accumulated during the downturn have been retrieved

All 298 passengers and crew died when the  Malaysia Airlines jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur crashed on July 17th. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters

Foreign minister apologises for revealing mask was deployed when jet was shot down

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta was charged after more than 1,200 people died in post-election violence. Photograph: Peter De Jong/EPA

Kenya’s president in relaxed mood as he faces judges in The Hague

Uhuru Kenyatta, dressed in blue, arrives at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday as he departs to attend the hearing at the International Criminal Court at The Hague. Photograph: Noor Khamis/Reuters

Analysis: Hearing in the Hague comes amid doubts over the prosecution case

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta was officially informed at the weekend that his trial for crimes against humanity would not go ahead. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya

The Hague summons seen by MPs as an attempt to ‘humiliate’ him

A skater in Friesland. The Frisian National Party sent 18 delegates to monitor the Scottish independence campaign

Frisian regional government nothing more than ‘window-dressing’

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta had pleaded not guilty to five counts of crimes against humanity. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Kenyatta case will not open due to insufficient evidence

The flag of jihadist group Islamic State. Photograph: EPA/Etienne laurent

Six children aged between eight months and nine years taken into care

Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem: said the growth figures were “hopeful but the recovery is still fragile”

Buyers shifting from car as status symbol while global unrest also threatens growth

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott (third from right) speaks to Australian forensic researchers during a visit yesterday to the Korporaal Van Oudheusden barracks in Hilversum, in the Netherlands, the location where the victims of flight MH17 are being identified. Photograph: EPA/Robin van Lonkhuijsen

Next of kin to receive ‘goodwill payment’ in advance of final compensation

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans: Russian law promoted ‘a climate of homophobia”, which would “stigmatise” LGBT individuals and inevitably lead to discrimination against them. Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

Under new rules, members of the Russian LGBT community would no longer have to prove that they had sought police protection

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (right) with Malaysia’s prime minister Najib Razak in The Hague last month. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

Mark Rutte’s Liberals would gain four seats in parliament if election held now

With more than 5,000 people expected to join a march in Amsterdam tomorrow in protest at Israeli shelling of Gaza, a Dutch police spokesman warned last night: “Nazi symbols, Hitler salutes and burning flags will not be tolerated. The same applies to the Isis flag. Demonstrators may not carry it.” Photograph: EPA/Etienne Laurent

Mayor of The Hague petitioned to resign for not taking harder line on earlier protest

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda. Photograph: Toussaint Kluiters/AFP/Getty Images

Open letter from 17 organisations says allegations of war crimes should be pursued

A piper walks with diplomats and other foreigners who live in Ukraine during a rally against terrorism in Kiev yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Dolzheko

Armed military mission to volatile area unrealistic, says Dutch PM Rutte

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans at Kharkiv airport in Ukraine yesterday: “I have the impression that the separatists may have finally got the message that it is a matter of common humanity to allow all the human remains to be removed.” Photograph: EPA/Sergei Kozlov

Forty military police due to work alongside 23 Dutch forensic investigators in Ukraine

Flowers laid in tribute to the victims of flight MH17 around a cutout reading “Why”, near the entrance to the military airport in Eindhoven, southern Netherlands yesterday. Photograph: Marcel Van Hoorn/EPA

Netherlands seeking approval from all countries involved for mission

 Hearses carry coffins containing unidentified bodies from the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 leave the airport  in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Dutch Safety Board to lead international inquiry into cause of tragedy

Forensic experts from the Netherlands check bodybags holding the remains of victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine, before their transfer by train froim Torez to Kharkiv. The bodies of Dutch victims are to arrive in Eindhoven by military transport aircraft on Wednesday. Photograpgh: Robert Ghement/ EPA

Several legal avenues open to Malaysian Airlines crash investigators

 King Willem-Alexander and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte leave the Congresscentrum, Utrecht, after meeting relatives of the victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Monday  in Utrecht, Netherlands. Photograph: Getty

Some criticism directed at royals who had not been in evidence since downing of MH17

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte calls for a swift and united hardening of the European Union’s stance against Russia. Evert-Jan Daniels/EPA

Rutte asks Putin to exert influence on separatists controlling area

Widi Yuwono holds a photograph of his sister, Yuli Hastini, with her Dutch husband, John Paulissen, and their two children, Arjuna and Sri, who were on board the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17. Photograph: AP Photo

The dead included scientists, lobbyists, delegates and as many as 80 children

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte signs a condolence register at the ministry of safety and justice in The Hague for relatives and friends of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

PM Rutte vows perpetrators will be brought to justice as number of Dutch deaths rises to 189

A huge consignment of 280,000 ecstasy pills was at the centre of the Dutch police operation

Briefcase disappears despite being tracked and monitored by police

Relatives of passengers walk past members of the media  as they arrive at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam yesterday. Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/AP

Tearful scenes as relatives gather at Schiphol airport seeking information

Bosnian women of the Srebrenica Mothers’ Association listen to the announcement that the Dutch state was responsible for the deaths of more than 300 Srebrenica victims in a court ruling in The Hague yesterday. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Nineteen years after Srebrenica, the question of who to blame is still raw

The mayor of The Hague, Jozias van Aartsen, revealed yesterday that of 33 young local jihadists known to have joined the Syrian rebels since the conflict began in 2011 seven had already been killed. Photograph: Freek van den Bergh - Pool/Getty Images

Netherlands may withdraw national status of radicals with dual citizenship

 Vojislav Seselj appearing before the war crimes tribunal on charges of crimes against humanity and violations of the customs of war in  2003 in The Hague. Photograph:  Michel Porro/Getty Images

Former deputy prime minister in custody since 2003 awaits verdict since 2012

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, whose trial is scheduled to start on October 7th, denies orchestrating post-election violence in 2008 in which some 1,200 people died. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri/Reuters

African equivalent to Hague court will grant immunity to sitting heads of state

Isis members wave flags as they drive around Raqqa in Syria. Between 1,100 and 1,700 European jihadists are known to have gone to Syria since 2011, and the Worldwide Relief Foundation says young women are increasingly being targeted. Photograph: Reuters

Dutch girl detained by German police while on her way to Syria

Dutch King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and Princess Amalia and Princess Alexia: Dutch media have agreed not to invade their privacy. Photograph: EPA/Sander Koning

10-year-old heir to Netherlands’ throne was photographed playing hockey

Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical manifesto  ‘Mein Kampf’ was for sale at an Amsterdam antiques shop. Photograph: Roger Viollet/Getty Images

Adolf Hitler's autobiographical manifesto was banned in the Netherlands in 1974

Dutch court: Women overtook men on the Dutch bench in 2008, and since then the imbalance has become more and more pronounced.     Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images

On average across the country’s courts, 56 per cent of judges are women, while in Utrecht the figure is 64 per cent

A civil defence member tries to put out a fire at a site hit by what activists said was a barrel bomb dropped by forces loyal to Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad in the al-Maadi neighbourhood of Aleppo yesterday. Photograph: Reuters/Hosam Katan

Alleged crimes a 50-50 breakdown between Assad regime and rebel groups

Architect Daniel Libeskind (left) presents a model of the Holocaust Names Monument to Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan at the town hall of Amsterdam. The memorial that will bear the names of all the Dutch Holocaust victims. Photograph: Remko de Waal/EPA

Architect Daniel Libeskind to design memorial

While it may not seem like it as he bathes in the reflected glory of Marine Le Pen’s historic 25 per cent share of the French vote, in his home country Geert Wilders has gone from heading the polls to trailing in them in the space of just three months. Photograph: Reuters/Francois Lenoir

Freedom Party leader’s ties with Front National have hurt him politically

A computer-generated image of what the International Criminal Court in The Hague will look like

Kenyan president’s case crucial to The Hague’s reputation

Far-right politician Geert Wilders: floundered in the wake of three solidly pro-Europe parties. Photograph: Michael Kooren

Exit polls in Netherlands confirms Wilders’s party is biggest loser

Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders on the campaign trail ahead of the European elections in Amsterdam. Photograph: Robin Utrecht/EPA

Geert Wilders’s other problem ahead of polling day appears to be voter apathy

A prostitute waits for clients behind her window in the red light district of Amsterdam. The sex industry in the Dutch city turns over, conservatively, between €80 million and €100 million a year, but it also supports an illegal underbelly of gangsterism, abuse and human trafficking. Photograph: Anoek de Groot/AFP/Getty Images

Amsterdam Letter: Venice is an oasis of taste and calm compared with this ‘adult Disneyland’

Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders speaks during an interview in The Hague on April 17th. REUTERS/Michael Kooren

Series of resignations follows row over anti-Moroccan chanting at rally

Dutch cardinal Adrianus Simonis (centre) blesses the coffin of former Dutch bishop Jo Gijsen prior to a pontifical mass in the St Christoffel cathedral of Roermond, southern Netherlands, in June 2013. Photograph: Marcel van Hoorn/AFP/Getty Images

Amsterdam Letter: admission about the late Johannes Gijsen has led to anger as well as relief among victims

 Dutch Party for Freedom  leader Geert Wilders in a bid to rouse the crowd,  turned to a reliable old bogeyman, Moroccan immigrants. Photograph: EPA

Right-wing leader’s outburst about Moroccans widely denounced

US president Barack Obama appears on two large screen as he delivers his speech during the closing session on the last day of the nuclear summit in The Hague yesterday. Photograph: Frank Augstein/EPA

Commitments on nuclear security are often at odds with domestic politics

Anti-nuclear activists protest in The Hague ahead of the Nuclear Security Summit. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

Two-day gathering of 58 nations likely to propose security measures for military and civilian materials

An Amsterdam city hall spokeswoman  told The Irish Times the letters “prompted quite a few calls from Irish people.

Amsterdam authorities sign off as Gaeilge

Germain Katanga appears on a monitor in the press room of the International Criminal Court in The Hague yesterday. Photograph: EPA/Phil Nijhuis

Congolese warlord found guilty at International Criminal Court of being an accessory to war crimes

Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk called on Russia “not to violate the Budapest Memorandum” nuclear non-proliferation agreement as it became apparent that was what President Putin was ready to do. Photograph: AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky

Meeting in The Hague will aim to enhance co-operation against nuclear terrorism and underpin existing non-proliferation agreements(...)

The action-adventure video game Dante’s Inferno. A Dutch study has found that some youngsters are gaming for up to 18 hours a day.

Amsterdam Letter: more adolescents and preteens in the Netherlands are seeking help for gaming addiction

Lawyer Fergal Gaynor, who appeared in the International Criminal Court on behalf of the victims of the violence which swept Kenya after the 2008 elections. Photograph: Clara Sanchiz

A Malawi-born Irishman is representing victims of the 2008 Kenyan massacres at the ICC in The Hague

Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders has taken a strategic decision to run candidates in just two strong locations in next month’s local elections. Photograph: EPA/Koen van Weel

Geert Wilder’s party would now be in strong position to form government

Dutch rail company NS says its research shows that 3 per cent of commuters have had a romance with a fellow passenger.

Train commuters offered lessons in the delicate art of flirting

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta is pleading not guilty to five counts of crimes against humanity for allegedly masterminding the 2008 post-election violence that left over 1,200 people dead and 250,000 displaced. Photograph:  Reuters

Prosecutor accuses Kenyan government of actively obstructing case

The African Union has urged Uhuru  Kenyatta to boycott his trial 
– something he has refused to do. Photograph: Tiksa Negeri(ETHIOPIA - Tags: POLITICS)

Prosecutor tells International Criminal Court that Kenyan government has deliberately obstructed charges against Uhuru Kenyatta (...)

Ratko Mladic “I do not recognise this court. It is a Nato creation. It is a satanic court,” he said, when asked to take the oath. Photograph: AP/ICTY

Former Bosnian Serb army leader dismisses Hague court as ‘satanic’

A Free Syrian Army fighter adjusts his weapon as he rests with his comrades, at a front line at Aleppo International Airport earlier this week. Photograph: Reuters

‘Yilmaz’ quit army to join training camp because of ‘slaughter’ of Syrians people

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic: he has denied responsibility for the massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys 
executed by Bosnian Serb forces
the town of
Srebrenica in July 1995

Both deny genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity for allegedly executing policy of ethnic cleansing

The crew of the Amsterdam-registered Greenpeace Arctic Sunrise were released in December 2013, at about the same time as Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina – a “sequence of events has left much of the Dutch public scratching their heads”. Photograph: Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images

High-profile delegation from Netherlands signals pragmatic approach

Lebanese citizens and policemen gather at the site of a car bomb  at a stronghold of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group, in the center of the predominantly Shiite town of Hermel, northeast of lebanon, which is about 16km from the Syrian border. Photograph: AP

Suspects in the murder of former Lebanese prime minister remain on run

Cyclists pass over the Herengracht canal in Amsterdam. In a climate of unprecedented austerity, the final cost to the taxpayer of the housing benefit blunder will probably be somewhere between €1.5 million and €2 million. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Dutch capital paid out €188 million instead of €1.8 million, with some receiving €34,000

Despite deep cuts in public spending, Amsterdam’s city council allocated an initial €20,000 to fund a six-month trial to shelter animals owned by victims of domestic violence. Photograph: Peter Adams

Council points to evidence that animal cruelty is often a sign of interpersonal violence

Jacqueline and Pieter Piket were walking along a stretch of coastal dyke in Zeeland over the holidays, when their dog began playing with a plastic bottle and they noticed a piece of paper inside.  Photograph: Getty Images

Couple in the Netherlands find bottle

South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir (left)  meets with Kenya’s 
president Uhuru Kenyatta during peace talks in the capital, Juba. Photograph: Hakim George/Reuters

Blow to court’s credibility if it abandons trial of Kenyan leader

A passenger boarding a bus departing for western Europe at the central bus station in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Thursday. A survey in the Netherlands has found that six out of ten Dutch voters believe there are already “too many” immigrants from eastern Europe in the country. Photograph: Vassil Donev/ EPA

Two-thirds of population believe that new arrivals from Bulgaria and Romania are likely to abuse the social welfare system

 Manchester United’s Robin Van Persie: footballers enjoy a special pension scheme under which they are allowed to save up to €5,000 tax-free per month. Photograph: Reuters

Lawyer says similarities between the two professions are striking

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta: his lawyers claim evidence against him in the ICC’s case has been tainted by false statements. Photograph: Hakim George/Reuter

Insufficient evidence to charge Kenyan president, says International Criminal Court

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