Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: with relations already tense over the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, he said: “We condemn Russia’s actions – and we have told them so.” Photograph: ANP/Siese Veenstra/AFP

Diplomatic relations between Moscow and the Netherlands worsened last night when Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte described a decision to ban three (...)

Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor, welcomes David Cameron, British prime minister, ahead of a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin  on Friday. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg.

German chancellor Angela Merkel promised on Friday to work with David Cameron to clinch a deal on reforming the European Union that would keep Britain(...)

A motorbike is unloaded from a truck after a Dutch police raid in Oirsbeek where two Bandidos members were arrested. Some 400 armed police backed by helicopters targeted 30 locations in Limburg and border regions. Photograph: Henri Haenen

Dutch police who arrested 20 people this week in raids on members of the notorious Bandidos motorcycle gang – involved in a shootout in Waco, Texas, e(...)

 British prime minster David Cameron is welcomed by Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the Catshuis residence  in The Hague. The meeting with Mr Rutte, an ally, was expected to go smoothly. Photograph: Getty Images

British prime minister David Cameron began his tour of Europe in The Hague and Paris on Thursday. He intends to visit all 27 capitals before the June (...)

Part of the cigarette haul recovered at Dublin Port on Thursday. The Dorchester brand cigarettes were described on the carrying ship’s manifest as “vacuum cleaners” and are believed to be counterfeit. Photograph:  Revenue

Over nine million cigarettes have been seized at Dublin Port as part of an intelligence-led operation carried out with China’s customs authorities. I(...)

Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt – flanked by British PM David Cameron – whose decision to call an early general election marks the latest spate of electoral activity across Europe. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/AP Photo

The surprise decision by Danish prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Wednesday to call an early general election next month marks the latest spate(...)

Adults who take too much caffeine can suffer anxiety and problems sleeping

Consuming more than five espressos worth of caffeine a day could be damaging to your health, according to European food safety experts. The European F(...)

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker. The commission is proposing that a mandatory common corporate tax base be introduced on a staged basis. Photograph: Ints Kalnins/Reuters

The European Commission is to propose a mandatory common corporate tax base next month as part of a wide-ranging clampdown on corporate tax avoidance.(...)

Screengrab taken from YouTube of a video showing Islamic State  fighters, who claimed  to be British, appearing in a recruitment video for  IS. Photograph:   YouTube/PA

A group of Muslim parents is to take legal action against the Dutch state for failing to prevent their teenage children from travelling to fight with (...)

Chinese premier Li Keqiang: several parts of the country were practically on lockdown while he was ferried about Galway and Mayo

Irish officialdom went into overdrive last weekend for the visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang. Several parts of the country were practically on lockd(...)