UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon during the opening of the International Criminal Court complex in the Hague, The Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Koen van Weel

When King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands officially opened the first permanent home of the International Criminal Court yesterday, there was no d(...)

 Dutch police stand guard by a cordoned-off area outside Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport after it was partially evacuated following a security alert on April 12th. The Dutch government has published draft proposals that would give its security services  new powers to intercept internet traffic. Photograph: Michel van Bergen/AFP/Getty Images

The Dutch government has published draft proposals that would give its security services sweeping new powers to intercept internet traffic – powers th(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: Dutch voters rejected the trade deal by almost two to one. in Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The European Union has pledged to continue its engagement with Ukraine, despite the decisive rejection of an EU-Ukraine association agreement by Dutch(...)

First vice-president of the European Commission Frans Timmermans (L) casts his vote in the Dutch referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine in Heerlen. Voters rejected the treaty by a 64-36 margin. Photograph: Marcel van Hoorn/Getty Images

Dutch voters have overwhelmingly rejected a Ukraine-European Union treaty on closer political and economic ties, in a rebuke to their government and (...)

First vice-president of the European Commission Frans Timmermans casting his vote in the Dutch referendum on the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine. Photograph: AFP Photo/Marcel van Hoorn

The Netherlands became the latest country to go to the ballot box on EU-related matters as Dutch citizens voted in a referendum on a proposed trade de(...)

In the Netherlands the number of political parties that had their manifestos costed by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis went from three in 1986 up to ten in the last election (2012). (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Elections are the moment for political parties to present their ambitions for the nation and for citizens to set the course. Citizens are best place(...)

Edward Snowden: classified documents he published  revealed the way global surveillance programmes work. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

It’s a sign of the extent to which the world has been changed by the revelations of CIA whistleblower Edward Snowden. A legal action by two Somali tri(...)

European commissioner for competition Margrethe Vestager holds a press conference on the EU decision to set out a template for recovering unpaid taxes and preventing tax avoidance by multinationals

Oxfam Ireland has urged the Government to take immediate action to force multinational companies to publicly declare where they pay taxes. The call co(...)

The   Rembrandt wedding portraits jointly purchased by France and the Netherlands. Photograph: Rijksmuseum

The French and Dutch governments and two of Europe’s leading museums, the Louvre in Paris and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, have come together to buy(...)

Paul O’Connell: optimistic about Amsterdam’s ability to become a start-up hub.

Silicon Valley has long been considered sacred ground for start-ups but increasingly it has plenty of rivals. Cities across the globe are all worki(...)