Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The unions claim his government should have ensured that healthcare workers had adequate protective equipment, while schools and daycare centres should have been properly ventilated. Photograph: Sem van der Wal/EPA

Opening shots in row that’s gaining traction across Europe

Bill first tabled by former D66 MP Pia Dijkstra  would have made assisted suicide available to citizens over 75 who declared themselves irrevocably ‘tired of life’. Photograph:  Bart Maat/ANP/AFP

Government’s highest advisory body says proposed Bill lacks adequate safeguards

 Flowers placed at Lange Leidse Dwarsstraat in Amsterdam when crime reporter Peter R de Vries was shot on July 8th, 2021. Photograph: Patrick van Katwijk/BSR Agency/Getty

Hague Letter: Aggression towards reporters also driven by Covid curbs and migrant issue

 Dutch detectives observed sports and shopping bags stuffed with cash being moved around by family members. Cars had hidden spaces  and offices had furniture with secret compartments.  Photograph: iStock

Authorities investigating crime networks through which trafficking money disappears

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima in Hillegom, Netherlands. Photograph: Patrick van Katwijk/Getty

After a series of royal missteps and a shift in public mood, anti-monarchists sense change

Piet Costa was arrested in mid-2020 following a four-year undercover investigation into a shipment of more than 3,700kg of cocaine that was intercepted in Rotterdam in 2016. Photograph: iStock

‘Piet Costa’ built his business through contacts with Colombian cartel

Dutch foreign minister Wopke Hoekstra: he said the yachts would be placed under ‘extra supervision’ until it could be established whether they were subject to EU sanctions. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

Rutte’s coalition government has been accused of failing to act quickly enough against Putin supporters

Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb, at the opening of his war crimes trial at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/ICC

Suspect accused at ICC of directing Arab Janjaweed fighters responsible for campaign of murder and rape in Darfur, western Sudan

A worker stands amid rubbish at CoopFuturo, a sorting collective  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Microplastics have been identified in faeces and placentas, but never before in the blood itself. Photograph: Carl de Souza

Scientists warn of biological pollution and ‘worrying’ presence in organic material

Russian president Vladimir Putin: The difficulty is to establish a chain of evidence than links the 21st-century dictator to the visceral horrors of a bloody onslaught and its victims. Photograph: MikhailKlimentyev/Kremlin/ Sputnik

Hague court challenges include getting Putin physically in dock to try him for war crimes

Het Loo Palace  on the outskirts of Apeldoorn. A castle on the palace grounds has been offered as a refuge for a number of families fleeing the war in Ukraine. Photograph: Getty Images

Fifteenth century hunting lodge last played host to Japanese crown prince and princess

 Firefighters  at a residential apartment building in Kyiv after it was hit by a Russian attack. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

Ukraine says Russia has falsely claimed acts of genocide against Russian-speaking people in Donetsk and Luhansk to justify its inv(...)

The reconstructed wreckage of  Flight MH17 on display during a press conference in the  Netherlands. Photograph:  Peter Dejong/AP Photo

Both countries say they are seeking ‘full reparations’ and an apology from Moscow

Hundreds of thousands of Lebanese turn out to mourn the one year anniversary of the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri. Photograph: Ghaith Abdul-Ahad/ Getty

The appeals judges say the original verdict was fundamentally defective

People waiting  to board an evacuation train at Kyiv central train station. More than 1.2m people have fled Ukraine into neighbouring countries since Russia launched its  invasion on February 24th. Photograph:  Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP via Getty Images

While UN’s court’s rulings are binding on members, it is not unusual for them to be ignored by large states

Ukrainian servicemen walk by fragments of a downed aircraft in Kyiv: On Wednesday, 38 governments came together to refer the Ukraine crisis to the ICC prosecutor for investigation. Lithuania made a separate referral on Monday. Photograph: Oleksandr Ratushniak

Analysis: Speedy and muscular reach for justice builds on previous evidence for Russia

A demonstrator in Geneva, Switzerland, on Saturday. Photograph: Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP

Evidence of Russian war crimes being gathered by prosecutors

Roel Akkermans is proclaimed the City Prince of Maastricht by the local carnival association. Photograph: Marcel Van Hoorn/EPA

Virologist warns that more gradual easing of restrictions would make more sense

 Commander-in-chief of Myanmar’s armed forces senior general Min Aung Hlaing. Photograph:  Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Critics say junta has no mandate to represent Myanmar and no formal standing at UN

The latest revelation comes after a previous such fertility scandal, which emerged in public only last week, was described as ‘the tip of the iceberg’. Photograph: Getty Images

Henk Nagel fathered at least one child between 1977 and 1985 at Den Bosch facility

In vitro fertilisation was open to abuse in the Netherlands from its early days in the 1970s up to the introduction of a  law in 2004. This law gave children of IVF the right to learn the identity of their biological parents once they reach the age of 16. Photograph: iStock

Doctor who fathered at least 21 children is third such scandal to emerge in three years

Dutch law also limits the number of children who may be fathered by any single sperm donor to 21. Photograph: Getty Images

Inquiry after Jos Beek’s DNA found to match that of people trying to trace biological parents

Dutch bars, restaurants and theatres can now open until 10pm every evening – despite record infection levels expected to peak in March. Photograph: Evert Elzinga

Social distancing, venue capacity limits and mask requirements remain amid ‘real risk’

The Standard Bearer, completed in 1636, is regarded as the most important work by Rembrandt still in private hands

Rothschild family selling 1636 painting ‘The Standard Bearer’ through trust in tax haven

Clashes erupt between police officers and antivaxxers affiliated to far-right parties, near Museumplein, in Amsterdam, earlier this month. Photograph: Pierre Crom/Getty Images

Tweeting by medic about importance of vaccines is what led to ‘price put on his head’

‘You just scream into the wind and let yourself go,’ says Julie Scott. Photograph: iStock

Businesses find means of staying afloat by offering novel ways to release pent-up anger

Mark Rutte, leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy: The  number of murder and attempted murder cases in which minors were suspected of playing a role was over two times higher in 2021 than in 2020.  Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Hague Letter: Data suggests organised gangs manipulating vulnerable youth

Burned bikes after a protest against the partial lockdown and against the 2G government policy in Rotterdam. Photograph: Jeffrey Groeneweg/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

Young people with learning difficulties or volatile families most at risk, researchers say

Vienna: the idea of public housing established itself and has never gone away, making the city a world leader in the practice. Photograph: iStock

Vienna has a head start on social housing, but Berlin and Amsterdam face big problems

 King Willem-Alexander, Princess Amalia and Queen Maxima: Have a habit of forgetting to follow Covid-19 curbs.  Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen

Hague Letter: Health and safety restrictions appear to be only for the little people

 Dutch prime minister and leader of the People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy  Mark Rutte: a canny manager in a crisis with an instinct for when to stop digging. Photograph: Phil Nijhuis

Housing, education and climate change will be in Rutte’s in-tray – along with Covid-19

Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte is widely expected to return at the head of his fourth consecutive cabinet. Photograph: Bart Maat

Parties finalising agreement after year of rows, accusations and political paralysis

A poster warns Dutch citizens about reinstated social distancing rules and face masks requirements, in the centre of Amsterdam, on Wednesday.  Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/EPA

U-turn on coronavirus restrictions comes as 23,000 new infections recorded in 24 hours

 People stand near burning objects after a protest turned into riots, with protesters setting fires in the street and destroying police cars and street furniture in Rotterdam on Friday. Photograph: Vln Nieuws/EPA

Large numbers ‘swarmed’ Rotterdam in response to social media messages – police

Dutch MP Gert-Jan Segers, leader of Christian Union, left the document on the train to the Hague. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

‘I’m human and I’ve done something really stupid,’ tweets leader of Christian Union

Visitors have their Covid QR code checked at the entrance to the Christmas market in Valkenburg. Photograph: Marcel Van Horn/EPA

Largest provider of ‘test for entry’ certs being investigated by police and health inspectors

A healthcare staff member at Maastricht hospital. The new wave of infections in the Netherlands has put pressure on hospitals, forcing them to scale back regular care. Photograph: Sem van der Wal/ANP/AFP via Getty

New measures include early closing for cafes and bars and ban on spectators at all sports events

The University of Amsterdam. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/EPA

Doctors in region may soon have to decide what care is available to individual patients

As part of the new restrictions, students will have to wear face masks at school when they walk between classes. Photograph: iStock

Mask wearing reintroduced in shops and other settings as cases soar in Netherlands

Dutch caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte is expected to announce some  restrictions. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

In open letter, intensive care consultants say they are at ‘breaking point’ amid pandemic

The fact the Hitler code works indicates it was made using real digital “keys” – and because these QR codes are part of an EU reciprocal arrangement, once they work in one country, they work in all 27. Photograph: Patrick van Katwijk/BSR Agency/Getty

Working CoronaCheck QR code in any name offered on online hacker forum for €300

The International Criminal Court has yet to respond to the filing against Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and his administration. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP via Getty

Hague Letter: Austrian group file suit against Bolsonaro over administration’s actions

Dutch former prime minister Mark Rutte. Photograph: Olivier Matthys/Pool/EPA

More than 1,100 children were taken into care as their families faced financial ruin

 Part of the Amsterdam Dance Event  at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on  October 16th, 2021. Social distancing measures were abandoned in  the country three weeks ago. Photograph:  EPA/Ramon Van Flymen

The country’s hospitals and intensive care wards are once again under pressure

Police outside the court during the first session in the case against the suspects in the murder of Peter R de Vries, in Amsterdam. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

Suspected gunman remains silent as suspected getaway driver denies involvement

 Gerald Roethof, lawyer for defendants Giermo B and Moreno B:  “This was a gangland killing,” said the judge. “It was a paid-for hit.” Photograph: Evert Elzinga

Hired assassins killed Derk Wiersum who worked ‘in the service of the rule of law’

A mobile checkpoint at the Stadhuisplein, Rotterdam. Photograph: Ramon Van Flymen/EPA

Argument that system to gain entry to indoor public spaces is discriminatory unsuccessful

The ACLU has warned that the net effect of the change of direction by Karim Khan, above, would be to ‘indefinitely delay a measure of justice for victims of US torture programmes‘. Photograph:  Mahmoud Hjaj/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Hague Letter: Decision to ‘deprioritise’ alleged US, CIA and Afghan government war crimes in Afghanistan criticised

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte famously likes to cycle to and from work in The Hague, frequently on his own. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Dutch PM’s protection set to be 24-hour, following shooting of journalist in July

The Netherlands is preparing to end social distancing rules. File photograph: Sem Van Der Wal/EPA

Court ruling comes as the country prepares to end social distancing rules from Saturday

A policeman investigates the Hoogbosweg in Nederweert: most poignantly, €47 million a year is the economic cost of young people who leave school early for a criminal career. Photograph: Marcel Van Hoorn/ANP/AFP

Gangland costs Dutch billions in policing, jails, addiction and money laundering

 Dutch foreign affairs minister Sigrid Kaag: Hundreds of Dutch citizens, many of Afghan origin, and an unspecified number of civilians who worked in support roles were left behind in Afghanistan. Photograph: Sem van der Wal/EPA

Sigrid Kaag of foreign affairs and Ank Bijleveld of defence step down over evacuation

Hashim Thaci: the former Kosovan prime minister and president, now facing war crimes charges,  was once described by the now US president Joe Biden as “Kosovo’s George Washington”.

Former Kosovan prime minister Thaci and a commander of the KLA among those facing charges

A haul of over 200kg of cocaine at the offices of the Federal Police East Flanders  in Dendermonde, Belgium. Photograph: Nicolas Maeterlinck/via Getty Images

European gangs buying the drug directly from Colombian suppliers following the disbandment of Farc rebels

Protesters during the protest at Dam Square in Amsterdam. Photograph: Ramon van Flymen/EPA

Amsterdam anti-vaccination march fails to attract large numbers organisers predicted

The exterior of the Stedelijk Museum on the Museumplein in Amsterdam. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

Painting by Russian artist Kandinsky has been at the centre of a nine-year legal battle that has transfixed the art world

A protest against the amendment to the Broadcasting Act, in Poznan. Photograph: Jakub Kaczmarczyk/EPA

Legislation to curb foreign-owned media criticised for curtailing press freedom

This is the second major operation targeting PPE fraud involving gardaí since the pandemic began

Businesses in at least 20 countries targeted by criminals pretending to sell wholesale items

Police investigate a crystal meth lab at the Hoogbosweg in Nederweert,  the largest and most professional facility found to date. Photograph: Marcel van Hoorn/EPA

Laboratory producing €1m of illegal drug daily uncovered via messaging app ‘sting’

Carlo Heuvelman (27)   was kicked repeatedly in the head while lying on the ground. He died from his injuries in a local hospital.

Spanish judge rules the investigation and prosecution should be carried out by Dutch authorities

Red panda numbers in the wild have been dwindling at an alarming rate. Photograph: Getty

Half of the world’s red pandas have disappeared in past 20 years

Flowers and tributes left for crime reporter Peter R de Vries, at the spot where he was shot in   Amsterdam on July 6th. Photograph: Ramon van Flymen/EPA

Peter R de Vries died nine days after being shot as he left Amsterdam television studio

Dutch crime reporter Peter R De Vries: he was approached by a gunman as he left the studios of broadcaster RTL and shot five times. Photograph: Remko De Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

The journalist was acting as an adviser to the main prosecution witness in the country’s biggest ever gangland trial

A busy nightlife in Amsterdam on July 10th: MPs in the Netherlands have been briefed that the current wave of Covid-19 was directly linked to the  easing of restrictions on June 26th. Photograph: Evert Elzinga/ EPA

Expert says 40% of cases traced to outdoor spaces such as restaurants and nightclubs

A secured vehicle at the Schiphol Judicial Complex. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/AFP via Getty

Lawyer worked for prosecution witness who also had links with journalist shot last week

Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries. Photograph: Remko de Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty

Pair are believed by prosecutors to be the gunman and getaway driver

 Dutch crime reporter Peter R De Vries was shot at close range minutes after he left the studios of broadcaster RTL in central Amsterdam on Tuesday evening. Photograph:  Remko De Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

Attack on De Vries, who remains seriously ill, underlines challenge for state, says minister

The Amsterdam shooting of Peter R De Vries took place in the vicinity of the Leidseplein, a local hub of restaurants and bars. File photograph: EPA

Assailant fires five rounds from close range in attack family describe as ‘worst nightmare’

Dutch caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte: It’s fair to say that his  coalition has had a patchy pandemic. Photograph:  Valeria Mongelli/Bloomberg

Hague Letter: Having led four coalition governments, the caretaker prime minister was censured for ‘damaging public trust in gover(...)

“These people thought they could remain anonymous while facilitating large-scale cybercrime operations,” said Dutch public prosecutor Wieteke Koorn. Photograph: Getty

DoubleVPN’s domains and server infrastructure taken down by international team

 A re-education camp for ethnic Uighur in Hotan, in China’s Xinjiang province. The dossier supports claims that Tajikistan has been involved in a long-term process of deporting its Uighur population across the border into the Xinjiang region in northwest China. Photograph: Gilles Sabrié/The New York Times

Dossier raises question of whether new prosecutor will open investigation to challenge China

Workers help attach the new panels of Rembrandt’s The Night Watch  at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Photograph:   Ilvy Njiokiktjien/The New York Times

Masterpiece has missing sections restored using artificial intelligence at Rijksmuseum

 Shoppers with and without face masks  in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on June 19th. Photograph: Remko de Waal/EPA

Feeling past 18 months are already old news in Europe’s most densely populated country

British lawyer Karim Khan. Photograph: Haidar Hamdani/AFP via Getty

British lawyer Karim Khan has his work cut out at the International Criminal Court

The report surveyed 1,000 students at all academic levels.  Photograph: Getty

Amnesty research finds educational institutions not doing enough to help the victims

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison: ‘This is a watershed moment in Australian law enforcement history.’ Photograph: Dean Lewins/EPA

Criminals believed phones were secure, but police were reading all messages in real time

A woman walks through Camp Roj. Photograph: Delil Souleiman/AFP via Getty

Government says ‘Ilham B’ returned to stand trial amid contentious debate on issue

Marc Van Ranst, the Belgian government’s top adviser on combating Covid-19.  Photograph:  Nicolas Maeterlinck/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty Images

Hague Letter: Leading Dutch and Belgian virologists have had to face sinister threats

Dutch outgoing minister of health Hugo de Jonge: “All the figures that should be going down are going down, and those that should be going up are going up.” Photograph:  Bart Maat

Amsterdam hospital announces closure of a coronavirus unit due to fall-off in admissions

Dutch health minister Huge de Jonge: “We are now seeing the convincing drop we have been waiting for in the main indicators, and that is largely due to the impact of the vaccines”. Photograph: Bart Maat/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

Stage two sees reopening of outdoor swimming pools, amusement park and gyms

The exterior of the International Criminal Court (ICC) premises in The Hague, the Netherlands. File photograph: Getty Images

Hague Letter: US sanctions against the court may have been dropped but tensions remain

Iraqi Yazidi people who fled their homes in Sinjar. The UN team  found “clear and convincing evidence” of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes against the Yazidi by Isis. Photograph: Adam Ferguson/The New York Times

Brutal killings, especially those of children, “shocked the conscience of humanity and chilled the soul”

The scientists found that due to their highly developed sense of smell,  the bees learned how to detect the virus after just minutes of training. Photograph: Getty Images

Research could be used to help fight the pandemic in underdeveloped countries

 People  shopping in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam.   There has been a sharp rise in patients under the age of 50 being hospitalised with Covid-19 in the Netherlands. Photograph: Remko De Wal/EPA

Health minister says pressure on hospitals too great to allow further easing of restrictions

People shopping in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam on Wednesday as customers are allowed shop without appointments once again. Photograph: Remko De Waal/ EPA

Caretaker government eases selected restrictions against advice of its expert panel

Jaap van Delden, head of vaccinations at  public health institute RIVM:  AstraZeneca “will soon no longer be needed”. Photograph: Joris Verwijst/BSR

Jaap van Delden says bulk of 11.7 million doses of AstraZeneca jab ‘superfluous’

A  fresh load of beer is delivered to  De Koning cafe in Alkmaar amid moves to relax coronavirus restrictions from April 28th. Photograph: Koen van Weel

Acting premier Mark Rutte announces moves towards ‘re-establishing society’

Outgoing Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (on bicycle) and outgoing minister of health Hugo de Jonge: “We each have our own Covid reality,” says Mr Rutte.  Photograph: Marco de Swart

Failure to cut Covid infections ‘very concerning’ as easing of curbs postponed

An employee sets up a pole with a sign advising on anti-Covid-19 measures before the reopening of a Protestant church in Rotterdam. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP via Getty

Shocking new figures from national statistics agency analysis bring 2020 total to 20,030

Dutch caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte: politically wounded, perhaps mortally. Photograph: Laurens Van Putten/EPA

Hague Letter: Coalition talks in chaos with prime minister’s job finally in play

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte during a debate in The Hague on April 1st. Photograph:  Bart Maat/AFP via Getty

Parliament had passed formal motion of disapproval saying PM had not told truth

Dutch caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte (left) greets Pieter Omtzigt  prior to the swearing-in of the members of the House of Representatives, in The Hague, the Netherlands, on Wednesday. Photograph: Remko de Waal/ EPA

Warning of third wave amid unexpectedly high reluctance to accept vaccines

Mark Rutte, acting premier: new coronavirus cases are rising in the Netherlands – up 16 per cent to 46,005 over the week to Tuesday, the fastest growth since mid-January. Photograph: Lex Van Lieshout/EPA

‘The emergence of the third wave here in the Netherlands resembles what we’re seeing in neighbouring countries’

D66 leader Sigrid Kaag speaks to journalists in the House of Representatives in The Hague. Photographer: Peter Boer/Bloomberg

Hague Letter: Surge for Liberals’ coalition partners D66 forces far-right into third place

 Dutch Democrats66 (D66) party leader Sigrid Kaag: former diplomat’s party’s support leapt from 19 seats in 2017 to 24. Photograph: Remko de Waal

Progressive D66 party set for key role in government after receiving 15% of vote

Voters queue in the Maritim Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Wednesday. Photograph: Peter Boer/Bloomberg

Liberal Party set to win 35 seats with far-right Freedom Party forced into third place

People queue to cast their ballots at a polling station in church De Duif in Amsterdam on Monday. Photograph:   Peter Dejong/AP

Three-day election begins as suspension of AstraZeneca jabs set to delay vaccine rollout

Dutch outgoing prime minister Mark Rutte: tax authorities pursued 20,000 families to repay child benefit payments that were rightly theirs. Photograph: Sem Van Der Wal

Despite welfare scandal and reluctance on masks and vaccines, Dutch resisting change

Prime minister Mark Rutte: ‘It’s obvious that the lockdown in this form cannot continue.’ Photograph: Getty

Lockdown and overnight curfew to be extended until the ‘end of March at the earliest’

The farmhouse in Ruinerwold, The Netherlands, where Gerrit-Jan van Dorsten kept six of his children prisoner for almost a decade. Photograph: Vincent Jannink/EPA

Gerrit-Jan van Dorsten (68) mentally unfit to stand trial, court rules

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