European Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans says most of those fleeing to Europe are economic migrants. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

More than half of those fleeing to Europe from the Middle East and Africa are economic migrants and not asylum seekers fleeing the horrors of war in I(...)

Mayor of Amsterdam Eberhard van der Laan, who has said two sexual assaults in the city in the past six months ‘appear’ to have involved asylum seekers. Photograph:  ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images

In a telling illustration of how European sensitivities have changed since the New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne, the mayor of Amsterdam felt obliged (...)

Something about the boy? In total, 82,000 boys were born in the Netherlands last year, 720 of whom were named Liam. Photograph: Getty Images

In an extraordinary example of cultural homogenisation, the most popular boy’s name in the Netherlands last year was Liam, regarded by the Dutch as a (...)

Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party: it would “not be long” before the Netherlands faced Cologne-style “group attacks” on women. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Two dead pigs have been removed by police from the site of a proposed centre for 500 refugees in the south of the Netherlands – the second time that p(...)

Police stand in front of protesters during a demonstration about plans to open a refugee centre in the town of Geldermalsen, the Netherlands, in December. The debate around the refugee crisis has become increasingly heated in the country. Photograph:   Jeroen Jumelet/AFP/Getty Images)

Children cycling to and from a special needs school in the small town of Loon op Zand, in the south of the Netherlands, are to be given an official es(...)

Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders: his comments led to a record 6,400 complaints to the police. Photograph: AFP/ ANP/Martijn Beekman

Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders has been given a date of March 18th for his second trial for inciting racism and hatred – at a time when his(...)

Dutch right-wing anti-immigrant politician Geert Wilders:  warned that Dutch workers faced being priced out of their jobs. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/AFP/Getty Images

It’s an indication of the enormous gap between perception and reality when it comes to potentially explosive issues such as immigration that a new su(...)

Police officers face protesters outside   a council meeting in Geldermalsen, the Netherlands, on Wednesday night  over plans to open a  centre for 1,500 refugees. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/EPA

Armed police fired warnings shots and fought running battles with hundreds of protesters who staged riots in the centre of a small Dutch town on Wedne(...)

The reconstructed wreckage of the Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777, which was shot down over Ukraine in July. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

The Dutch government has been warned that the criminal case against those who shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 could be undermined because the(...)

Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders, who said it would be good for Europe and America if Donald Trump became the next US president. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders has said he hopes Donald Trump will become the next president of the United States – because it would be “g(...)