Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  new four-party coalition will exclude the far-right Freedom Party and its leader Geert Wilders. Photograph: EPA

After taking what is now the longest period since the second World War to form a government, the Netherlands is on the verge of a new four-party coali(...)

Relatives of the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine in 2014 look at the names on the memorial during an event to commemorate the disaster in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands. Photograph:  Reuters/Remko de Waal/Pool

On a crisp summer day, poignantly reminiscent of the one on which Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was blown out of the sky over eastern Ukraine three ye(...)

Royal flight: King Willem-Alexander will switch to piloting Boeing 737s for KLM. Photograph: Natascha Libbert/KLM/AFP/Getty

For two decades the king of the Netherlands has been putting the royal in KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. King Willem-Alexander said this week that for the (...)

The Oudenbosch Basilica in the Netherlands, where Van Wilderoden (inset) planned a lavish society wedding to  Tara Elliott, daughter of a wealthy Scottish-Irish aristocrat. Photograph via Omroep Brabant

Last week Dublin Circuit Criminal Court dealt with a shoplifting case. Nothing unusual there, bar the fact that the accused was a Dutch national who (...)

Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch far-right Freedom Party, is “channelling” Donald Trump, with slogans like “Make the Netherlands great again!” Currently topping the polls, he promised that, if he becomes prime minister next year, his first act will be to call an in/out referendum on EU membership. Photograph:  Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

It’s not yet three months since the last referendum in the Netherlands. That was in April, when voters decisively rejected closer political and econom(...)

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(...)

Something about the boy? In total, 82,000 boys were born in the Netherlands last year, 720 of whom were named Liam. Photograph: Getty Images

In an extraordinary example of cultural homogenisation, the most popular boy’s name in the Netherlands last year was Liam, regarded by the Dutch as a (...)

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(...)

The cockpit wreckage of MH17: the puncture marks were caused by the shrapnel of a Russian-made Buk missile. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

There could not have been a more potent symbol of the harm done to the Netherlands and its psyche by the MH17 disaster than the magnificent reconstruc(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. There have been reports of one prospective politician telling a youth wing meeting of Rutte’s Liberal party that he feared “beheadings” on the streets. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

It should be reassuring for all of Europe when the national counter-terrorism co-ordinator for the Netherlands takes the unusual step of saying public(...)

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