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(...)

Dutch Prime minister Mark Rutte talks to journalists after a debate in the parliament about the resignation of Dutch Justice minister Ivo Opstelten and his deputy Fred Teeven, in The Hague.

An 18-year-old youth who sent messages to his girlfriend via the mobile messaging service, WhatsApp, threatening to “get” Dutch prime minister, Mark (...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte at the DAF factory in Eindhoven in February. Rutte’s Liberal Party and his junior coalition partners, Labour, are expected to lose heavily to Geert Wilders’ right-wing Freedom Party in provincial elections. Photograph: Getty Images

The Dutch government suffered its second embarrassment in a week when two ministers resigned over misleading parliament about a payment to a convic(...)

Conspiracy theories: the West says the killers were Russian-backed separatists while Moscow claims the missile was fired by Ukrainian air force. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/EPA

Who knew what and when? The answers to those questions have turned many a chain of what seemed at first to be chaotic events into that worst nightmare(...)

A policeman passes between cars destroyed in an attack on the Ukrainian city of Mariupol last weekend, in which 30 people died. Photograph: EPA/Sergey Vaganov

EU foreign affairs ministers travel to Brussels today for an emergency meeting on Ukraine, prompted by last weekend’s attack on the Ukrainian city of (...)

 Quantitative easing wasn’t the only item on the agenda in Davos. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

While the ECB’s announcement of a quantitative easing programme dominated events in Davos last week, a range of other issues were quietly under discus(...)

 Quantitative easing wasn’t the only item on the agenda in Davos. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

While the ECB’s announcement of a quantitative easing programme dominated events in Davos last week, a range of other issues were quietly under dis(...)

Enda Kenny speaks next to Alexander Stubb, prime minister of Finland, during ap panel session of the  World Economic Forum  in Davos. Photograph: EPA

The Taoiseach has indicated tacit support for a further renegotiation of Greece’s bailout, but warned that the country must respect it obligations (...)

Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte (L), speaks next to Alexander Stubb (R), prime minister of Finland at the World Economic Forum. Photograph: EPA

European governments seeking to boost growth will be happy to let the European Central Bank lay the groundwork, according to Finnish prime minister Al(...)

Walk on by: Snowmen representing countries worldwide during an exhibition from the NGO, action/2015, on the sideline of the 45th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: EPA

The European Central Bank is expected to announce today that it will spend billions buying the debt of euro zone member states in order to kickstart t(...)