Relatives and friends of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines  disaster at  a national commemoration ceremony in Amsterdam yesterday. Photograph: Jasper Juinen-Pool/Getty Images

The day is already being remembered as 17/7, the Netherlands’ own 9/11 – and so it was fitting that the centrepiece of yesterday’s national day of r(...)

The convoy of funeral hearses arrives at the Korporaal van Oudheusdenkazerne in Hilversum, The Netherlands today after a Dutch Air Force C-130 Hercules plane and an Australian Royal Australian Air Force C17 transport plane brought back 74 more coffins containing remains of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines MH17 plane crash, from Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine to the Eindhoven air base in the Netherlands. Photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/EPA

Two more military aircraft carrying remains of victims from the Malaysian plane disaster have arrived in the Netherlands today, while Australian and D(...)

 Hearses carry coffins containing unidentified bodies from the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 leave the airport  in Eindhoven, Netherlands.  Photograph:  Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 2:13

Things run as they should in the Netherlands. So at 3.45pm precisely church bells around the country began to ring, tolling solidly for five minute(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte signs a condolence register at the ministry of safety and justice in The Hague for relatives and friends of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

As the Netherlands observed a national day of mourning yesterday, during which the number of Dutch confirmed to have died on flight MH17 rose to 189,(...)

“White workers are better than non-white workers,” said  Wesley de Laat, owner of Budget Cleaning Brabant

In a row eerily redolent of apartheid in South Africa or the “colour bar” in the United S(...)

Russian police detain a gay rights activist during a protest in StPetersburg on May 1st last year. Russian gay rights activists have expressed concern about “conflicting messages” regarding Dutch government support for their cause. Photograph: Reuters

When a senior Dutch diplomat was attacked and beaten in his Moscow apartment in October and the letters “LGBT” scrawled in red lipstick on a mirror, t(...)

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima during the annual summer photocall last week. Photograph:  Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images

Judges in The Hague have left the Dutch public flabbergasted by ordering new portraits of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima removed from the cour(...)

People attend the celebrations for the new King Willem-Alexander who succeeds his mother Queen Beatrix, in Amsterdam’s Dam Square today. Photograph: Kevin Coombs/Reuters

King Willem-Alexander has become the first Dutch male monarch in more than a century after his mother Beatrix abdicated to end a 33-year reign.(...)