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 (...)

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(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

It’s a sign of how fractious the European debate over the future of Schengen has become that the only coherent proposal this weekend is one f(...)

Prime minister Mark Rutte: a No vote would be hugely embarrassing for him. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

The Netherlands has named April 6th as the date for a referendum on a treaty forging closer ties between the EU and Ukraine, a vote which is in danger(...)

Inhabitants react during a council meeting about the arrival of refugees in their town Steenbergen, The Netherlands  . Photograph:  Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images

So vicious has the debate over the increasing number of refugees arriving in the Netherlands become – with one politician being sent a bullet in the(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. There have been reports of one prospective politician telling a youth wing meeting of Rutte’s Liberal party that he feared “beheadings” on the streets. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

It should be reassuring for all of Europe when the national counter-terrorism co-ordinator for the Netherlands takes the unusual step of saying public(...)