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(...)

John Bruton: “We would lose the common EU framework for the whole island that has contributed so much to peace and is specifically acknowledged in the Belfast Agreement.”  Photograph: David Sleator/The Irish Times

A departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union could lead to the introduction of passport controls within the island of Ireland for the fi(...)

Geert Wilders of the Freedom Party: said the uncontrolled movement of refugees across Europe represented an “Islamic invasion” that had to be stopped. Photograph: Michel Porro/Getty Images

In an indication of the extent to which the influx of migrants from the Middle East is hardening attitudes towards migration, a new survey in the Ne(...)

Geert Wilders: claims arrival of refugees from war-torn countries being used as cover by economic migrants. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images

Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders described the mass migration from the war zones of the Middle East to the European Union as “an Islamic inv(...)

A volunteer sorts donated clothes and items at the Emergency Shelter for Refugees in the America hall in Apeldoorn in the Netherlands. The country is expected to take in 9,000 migrants and refugees. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands is willing in principle to accept a share of the migrants and regufees arriving in Europe, but only as a “temporary solution”, the gov(...)

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is facing prosecution for allegedly inciting hatred. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

The mayor of Rotterdam – the only immigrant Muslim mayor of a major European city – has challenged right-wing politician Geert Wilders to spell out ho(...)

Geert Wilders: When the cartoons did not appear on TV, Wilders reacted on Twitter, accusing NOS of “sabotage”, adding that the cartoons had been posted on YouTube. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Controversial anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders has been forced to withdraw an accusation of “sabotage” against the Dutch broadcasting associatio(...)