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

It’s indicative of what a hot topic immigration has become in the Netherlands that prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal Party has just produced a seven(...)

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

The Dutch are famously straight-talking, but even they were left with their jaws in their laps in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings when the(...)

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

An award-winning Dutch cartoonist who has worked with Charlie Hebdo since it opened in 1970 travelled by train to Paris on Wednesday morning – and (...)

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 Geert Wilders remains unrepentant after being told he is to be prosecuted for inciting hatred and discrimination towards Mor(...)

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

It was quite surreal to hear that the Netherlands faces an EU surcharge of €642 million for better-than-expected economic growth – in the same week as(...)

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

The first political poll in the Netherlands since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine last month shows overwhelming pu(...)

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

After European elections that raised the ugly spectre of anti-Semitism in the Netherlands, Amsterdam has announced a major new Holocaust memorial –(...)

France’s far right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen hugs her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, France’s National Front political party founder, during a campaign rally. Photograph: Jean-Paul Pelissier/Reuters

A dispute over an apparent allusion to Nazi gas chambers has caused a public split between Marine Le Pen, leader of France’s National Front (FN), and (...)

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

The Dutch are a commonsense people, so they were surprised last week when, having consigned Geert Wilders to third place in the European elections (...)

Marine Le Pen, France’s National Front political party head, and Dutch far-right Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders (R) address a joint news conference at the European Parliament in Brussels Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

National Front leader Marine Le Pen pledged today to block any moves to increase European federalism in the European Parliament, as the leader made a (...)