Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

It’s a sign of how fractious the European debate over the future of Schengen has become that the only coherent proposal this weekend is one f(...)

Inhabitants react during a council meeting about the arrival of refugees in their town Steenbergen, The Netherlands  . Photograph:  Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images

So vicious has the debate over the increasing number of refugees arriving in the Netherlands become – with one politician being sent a bullet in the(...)

Austrian Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner: Hinted at an early election. Photograph: Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Europe’s refugee crisis has begun to weigh on Vienna’s ruling coalition government, which is struggling with the rise and rise of the far-right opposi(...)

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who is facing prosecution for allegedly inciting hatred. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

The mayor of Rotterdam – the only immigrant Muslim mayor of a major European city – has challenged right-wing politician Geert Wilders to spell out ho(...)

Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who says he plans to show cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed in a television slot reserved for his anti-Islam Freedom Party. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Dutch politician Geert Wilders has said he will show cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in a television slot reserved for his anti-Islam Freedom Part(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: with relations already tense over the shooting-down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, he said: “We condemn Russia’s actions – and we have told them so.” Photograph: ANP/Siese Veenstra/AFP

Diplomatic relations between Moscow and the Netherlands worsened last night when Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte described a decision to ban three (...)

Dutch politician Geert Wilders speaks at the Muhammad art contest in Garland, Texas, on Sunday. Two gunmen were killed in an attack on the event. Photograph: Mike Stone/Reuters

When historian Geert Mak, one of the best-regarded writers in the Netherlands, recently accepted an award for his outstanding contribution to the Dutc(...)

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(...)

Head of the leftist Syriza party Alexis Tsipras waves to his supporters during a party election rally in central Athens  ahead of Greece’s general election on January 25th.

Eurosceptic parties are likely to renege on their pre-election promises if elected, according to rating agency Standard & Poor’s (S&P). In a r(...)

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(...)