Dutch finance minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem: said the growth figures were “hopeful but the recovery is still fragile”

New car sales in the Netherlands will hit a 45-year low this year, the industry said yesterday, as the Dutch government was warned any worsening of un(...)

Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans: Russian law promoted ‘a climate of homophobia”, which would “stigmatise” LGBT individuals and inevitably lead to discrimination against them. Photograph: Lex van Lieshout/EPA

The Dutch government is to make it substantially easier for gay people in Russian to apply for political asylum in the Netherlands, warning that th(...)

Pieces of the wreckage are seen at a crash site of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 near the village of Petropavlivka in the  Donetsk region. Photograph: Reuters

European monitors last night indicated for the first time that credit and debit cards belonging to people who died on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in e(...)

Isis members wave flags as they drive around Raqqa in Syria. Between 1,100 and 1,700 European jihadists are known to have gone to Syria since 2011, and the Worldwide Relief Foundation says young women are increasingly being targeted. Photograph: Reuters

Parents of Muslim teenagers who want to travel to Syria to join rebels fighting against President Bashar al-Assad have been warned they may have to co(...)

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 (...)

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(...)

Dutch finance minister and Eurogroup chairman Jeroen Dijsselbloem was due to attend IMF talks in Washington today. Photograph: Francois Lenoir/Reuters

Dutch finance minister and Eurogroup head Jeroen Dijsselbloem has cancelled a trip to the annual IMF meetings to deal with urgent domestic budget nego(...)

Musician Damon Albarn  and actor Jude Law  join other demonstrators to protest against the detention in Russia of Greenpeace activists, outside the Russian Embassy in London on October 5th. Photograph: Olivia Harris/Reuters

Russia was last night dismissive of a legal action by the Dutch government to free the Greenpeace ship Arctic Sunrise and its 30 passengers, claiming (...)

Commander of the Dutch peacekeepers in Srebrenica in 1995 Lieut Col Thomas Karremans, whose request for two F16 fighter jets to neutralise the Bosnian Serbs’ heavy armour was ignored. Photograph: Ed Oudenaarden/AFP/Getty Images

It is a fact of history usually forgotten when recalling the massacre of 8,000 Muslim men and boys by Bosnian Serb troops in Srebrenica in 1995 that w(...)

ABN AMRO yesterday reported second-quarter net profit down 3 per cent to €402 million from the first three months as impairment charges increased by €292 million

The Dutch government plans to sell lender ABN AMRO in an initial public offering (IPO) a year from now but is unlikely to recoup its costs.It put the (...)