The first 10 coffins have been retailing at €1,250 each. Photograph: Loop

Coffins made of mycelium – the underground part of fungi – speed up decomposition

The red-light district of Amsterdam. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP via Getty

Amsterdam Letter: The sight of sex workers in windows may become a thing of the past

Dutch far-right Freedom Party  leader Geert Wilders speaking to the press outside the court of appeal in The Hague on Friday. Photograph:  Remko De Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

Appeals court overturns 2016 verdict and finds politician guilty of ‘insulting’ Moroccan community

Ferdinand Grapperhaus (left)  has been scathing about members of the public who broke the rules during the summer, describing them as ‘sloppy, lazy and anti-social’. Photograph: Sem van der  Wal/EPA

Ferdinand Grapperhaus survives motion of censure, no confidence motion in parliament

Frans Hals painting was stolen twice before in The Netherlands in 2011 and 1988. Photograph: Ilvy Njiokiktjien

Frans Hals 17th-century Dutch Golden Age artwork taken from museum near Utrecht

Lawyers leaving the Lebanon tribunal in the Netherlands last week after the ruling on the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafik  Hariri. P hotograph:Koen van Weel/EPA

After 11 years and nearly $1bn, we know little more about the assassination of Rafik Hariri

Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima arrive. File photograph: Patrick van Katwijk/EPA

Photo shows King Willem-Alexander, Queen Maxima and restaurateur side-by-side

Presiding Judge David Re, Judge Janet Nosworthy and Judge Micheline Braidy hand down a judgment in the case of four men being accused over the 2005 bombing that killed former Lebanese PM Rafik al-Hariri, in the  Netherlands. File photograph: Piroschka van de Wouw/EPA

One found guilty, three acquitted in UN-backed tribunal into killing of former Lebanese PM

Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party launched a 24-hour “anti-Polish hotline”. Photograph: Michael Kooren/File Photo/Reuters

Hague Letter: To say the two countries have a difficult relationship is an understatement

Hedwig Waltmans-Molier (55) was thrown off her feet by the blast.

Serious trauma the result of ‘sheer bad luck’, notes ministry statement confirming death

People in face coverings on a bridge of the Red Light District. Photograph: Remko de Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty

Concerns people are losing discipline as ‘hard to understand’ measures criticised

People wear face masks as they leave a train at central station in The Hague. Photograph: Sem Van Der Wal/EPA

New figures, which include nursing homes, are first formal acknowledgement of higher death toll

Tourists   in the “red light district”  of  Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on  July 25th. Photograph: EPA/Olaf Kraak

Hague Letter: a survey found 89% of respondents said they went shopping at least once despite having possible Covid symptoms

An advertisement for Deutsche Telekom’s upcoming 5G mobile data network in Berlin on Tuesday. Germany’s biggest mobile provider  relies heavily on Huawei equipment.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Eir’s plan to use Huawei tech in its 5G network could spark retaliation from the US

A street in Amsterdam, The Netherlands recently. Photograph: Olaf Kraak/EPA

Those in their 20s now almost as likely to be infected as over-50s – an extraordinary shift

King Willem-Alexander visits the ‘Infected!’ exhibition in the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden. Photograph: Peter Dejong

Birmingham researchers establish connection between air fumes and Covid-19 fatalities

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte during a debate last month on  developments around  Covid-19 in the House of Representatives in The Hague. Photograph: EPA/Bart Maat

Hague Letter: all politicians would be mistaken to believe they are in the driving seat when it comes to coronavirus

The Kurdish-run al-Hol camp for the displaced in the al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria: Lawyers for  “jihadi wives” and their children  have lost the case to have them repatriated to the Netherlands. Photograph: Delil Souleiman

Decision to repatriate wives and children deemed a political rather than rights issue

Research from the Trimbos Institute, which studies addiction, showed that more than 37 per cent of Dutch party-goers use laughing gas on a regular basis. Photograph: PYMCA/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

64 young adults in Netherlands hospitalised in last two years for overuse of party high

Dr Marinou Arends, who was at the centre of a controversial euthanasia case. Screengrab: Nieuwsuur

Hague Letter: Court finds doctor charged with murder acted in patient’s best interests

Ali Kushayb has personally been linked by witness evidence to 504 killings, 20 cases of rape and the forced displacement of 41,000 people

Alleged leader of Janjaweed militia Ali Kushayb to appear in The Hague next week

Lawyers Sabine ten Doesschate and  Boudewijn van Eijck  defend Russian Oleg Pulatov at the high security court building at Schiphol airport. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen

Counsel for former special forces soldier points out 2014 disaster took place over war zone

The Van Rooi Meat slaughterhouse in Helmond, The Netherlands, was ordered to close after an outbreak of Covid-19 was identified in its workforce. Photograph: Rob Engelaar/EPA

Romania urges better policing after Covid-19 outbreaks force several facilities to close

Willingness to stop smoking seemed to be linked to economic pain. Photograph:  Christian Hartmann/Reuters

A survey of people aged 12-18 finds the allure of smoking has been stubbed out

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: ‘Countries that are bailed out will have to say what they will do to make sure this situation does not arise again.’ Photograph: EPA

Mark Rutte’s comments likely to worry Italy and Spain

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (left) visits a hairdresser in The Hague, on May 14th as the country eased lockdown measures. File photograph: Getty

Hague Letter: ‘I needed to know before I took a potentially lethal risk, is it safe?’

Rescue workers  search for missing water sports enthusiasts in the North Sea, in Scheveningen, The Netherlands, on Tuesday.  Photograph: Sem van der Wal/EPA

Sudden deterioration in weather conditions blamed for the deaths

Anne Frank, the Jewish girl who wrote her world-famous diary  while living in hiding in Amsterdam during the second World War. Photograph: AP

Amsterdam’s second most-visited location was forced to close when pandemic hit

International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda: has set in train one of the ICC’s most controversial investigations. Photograph:  Cellou Binanicellou Binani/AFP/Getty

ICC prosecutor details activities around Gaza war in document for three judges to rule on

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Dutch maestro Johannes Vermeer. Photograph: Getty

Artist not working from imagination, but ‘faithfully painting a real person in a real place’

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (right) and Dutch health minister Hugo de Jonge. Mr de Jonge said he would make no concessions on protecting user privacy in the app. Photograph: Bart Maat/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

Privacy concerns leads health minister to appoint new team to oversee project

The 19 women taking this action were aged between 11 and 21 during their time with the sisters.

19 women aim to sue Sisters of the Good Shepherd for allegedly using them as forced labour

The former assembly hall of the Dutch House of Representatives being prepared for meetings of the parliament’s lower house during the coronavirus crisis, The Hague. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Move to include deaths outside hospitals should improve accuracy of statistics

 Passengers in the departure halls that are still open at Schiphol, the Netherlands. Photograph: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/EPA

Netherlands renews commitment to new €7 tax on all flights from January next

Mark Rutte:  his Dutch government  remain obstinate in their opposition to mutualised “corona bonds” to help aid  southern EU countries devastated by Covid-19. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Little empathy evident in the Netherlands for countries devastated by Covid-19

German chancellor Angela Merkel: “It must be in the interest of everyone and of Germany that Europe emerges stronger from this test.” Photograph: Markus Schreiber

Calls in Germany and Netherlands grow for pooling of European debt liability

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte during a press conference after a  cabinet crisis team on Covid-19  in The Hague. Photograph: EPA/Bart Maat

In the Netherlands the government has been under fire for allegedly planning to pursue herd immunity as a Covid-19 strategy

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte said he realised that asking the public to stick with the ‘intelligent lockdown’ was difficult, but necessary. Photograph: EPA/Bart Maat

Mark Rutte denies that ‘herd immunity’ was ever an active strategy

A health worker pushes a stretcher near an ambulance  in Tilburg, the Netherlands. File photograph:  Rob Enegelaar/ANP/AFP via Getty

‘You’re on Belgian territory and you have to pay the toll,’ paramedic crew told

‘Adrienne Cullen died in the Netherlands on New Year’s Eve 2018, one of far too many victims of medical negligence.’

She may have something to tell us about how to handle fear without letting it ruin our lives

A  police blockade made with containers on a border  crossing between Belgium and the Netherlands after Belgium closed  its borders due to Covid-19 on March 22nd. Photograph: Kristof Van Accom/Belga/AFP via Getty Images

Outlet straddling Dutch-Belgian border subject to clashing regulations on staying open

 In 2015 Volkswagen finally came clean and admitted it had sold 11m cars worldwide fitted with a secret ‘defeat device’. Photograph: Ronny Hartmann/AFP via Getty Images

Foundation says it has potential to represent 8.5m consumers across Europe

Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17: It  was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was shot down by a missile fired from territory in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian rebels. Photograph: Antonio Bronic

Film allegedly shows weapon that may have downed MH17 over Donetsk in July 2014

Far-right radio host Alex Jones has been told by the New York state attorney general to stop promoting a sham anti-coronavirus toothpaste. Photograph: Jim Bourg/Reuters

Maelstrom of the abnormal is perfect environment for those who deal in disinformation

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo: rejects ICC scrutiny of claims CIA operated “black sites” in Poland, Lithuania and Romania. Photograph: Jim Lo Scalzo

Move to investigate allegations of torture by US sparks ‘shameful attacks’ against officials

Fergal Gaynor said he is deeply honoured by the appointment to the tribunal. File photograph: Photograph: Clara Sanchiz

Irish man to take up senior prosecuting role at tribunal run by Cambodians and the UN

Prosecutor Thijs Berger at the criminal trial in Badhoevedorp, the Netherlands, against four suspects over the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. Photograph: Piroschka van De Wouw

One of four defendants in plane-downing case has opted for legal representation

Piet Ploeg (left), who lost his brother, Alex, his sister-in-law and his nephew, and Anton Kotti (right) who lost his son, daughter-in-law and grandson, are interviewed at Schiphol airport, near Amsterdam, Netherlands, after attending the opening session of the trial of four men charged with murder over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight 17. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP Photo

Dutch court case opens with four charged over deaths of 298 when plane downed in 2014

A  piece of the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  in a field in Donetsk: the jet flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on July 17th, 2014, was blown out of the sky.  Photograph: Bulent Kilic/AFP

Four men to be tried in absence for alleged roles in killing 298 over eastern Ukraine

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda: believes there are grounds to open an investigation into abuses committed between 2003 and 2014. Photograph:   Peter Dejong/AFP via Getty Images

Investigation to include US forces and the CIA as well as Taliban and Afghan military

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  those in his  government who decided how the algorithms were going to work must have known what they were doing.  Photograph: Getty Images

SyRI system not only in breach of domestic privacy laws, but is also contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights

Netherlands prime minister Mark Rutte leaves after the special European Council summit in Brussels last week. Photograph: Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty

Brexit has left a gap of €75bn over seven years in EU’s finances. Who will cough up?

Pregnant women do not appear to have been trafficked in numbers until now, according to the immigration service. File photograph: iStock

More than 2,500 children have gone missing from Dutch centres over past 10 years

In a tiny city that attracts 17.4 million tourists a year, there’s rarely a hour when De Wallen is quiet. Photograph: Peter Dejong/AP Photo

Local authorities clamp down on influx of tourists who treat city as ‘a sort of adult Disneyland’

 Sudan’s former president  President Omar al-Bashir: He was the poster boy for those who dismissed the International Criminal Court as a relic of western colonialism. Photograph:   Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

Decision to hand over former president to the ICC could also help the court’s reputation

Travellers at Schiphol Airport. Photograph: Evert Elzinga/EPA

Mainstream radio station apologises for playing parody about Chinese food

Smoking cannabis in a coffee shop in Amsterdam. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Getty

For 40 years ‘schizophrenic’ approach benefited violent gangs. Not for much longer

Emergency services with victims’ remains  near the site of the Ukraine International Airlines disaster on the outskirts of Tehran on January 8th. Photograph:  Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times

Dutch parliament highlights ongoing issue of commercial planes flying in conflict zones

  Esmail Qaani (second left),  the new leader of the Revolutionary Guard’s  Quds Force.  Photograph: Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Esmail Qaani executed the plan to recruit Afghan and Pakistani Shia fighters to fight for President Bashar al-Assad in Syria

President of the International Court of Justice, Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf (C) speaks during the ruling of the International Court of Justice in The Hague, on January 23rd. Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/ANP/AFP

Verdict aimed at preventing threat of genocide rebuffs Aung San Suu Kyi’s assurances

Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi at the International Court of Justice in The Hague in December: claims the crackdown in 2017 was a legitimate response to militant violence. Photograph: Yves Herman

Gambia urges ‘emergency measures’ against Myanmar to ensure no further violence

Sheikh Qais Al-Khazali (left), the Iraqi secretary general of  AAH, which was originally part of the so-called Mahdi Army led by cleric Muqtada al-Sadr (right). Photograph: Haidar Hamdani/ AFP via Getty Images

Designation of Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq as terrorist group comes after it entered the political fold

 Dutch PVV party leader Geert Wilders: claims new station will provide an  important antidote to the “big fake news factory” of current broadcasting. Photograph:  Sander Koning

The Unheard Netherlands secures 50,000 subscribers needed for broadcast licence

Dutch police give a press conference on the  arrest in Dubai of Ridouan Taghi, who was wanted on international  warrants for murder and drug trafficking. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/ANP/AFP via Getty

Ridouan Taghi, leader of ‘Angels of Death’ gang, arrested at a villa in Gulf emirate

Rohingya refugees watch ICJ proceedings at a restaurant in a refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Thursday. Photograph: Allison Joyce/Getty Images

Myanmar’s leader subjected to scathing crriticism over treatment of Rohingya minority

Myanmar’s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the UN’s International Court of Justice on Wednesday in The Hague. Photograph:  Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

Myanmar leader unaccustomed to hostility of media as she denies genocide in The Hague

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks on Wednesday at the case filed   by Gambia against Myanmar alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population, at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands. Photograph: Reuters/Yves Herman

Rohingya supporters shout ‘shame on you!’ as Myanmar’s civilian leader leaves court in The Hague

The Gambia’s justice minister Abubacarr Tambadou and Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi attend a hearing in a case filed by The Gambia against Myanmar’s alleging genocide against the minority Muslim Rohingya population, at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Nobel laureate in The Hague to defend Myanmar over charges of Rohingya persecution

Adrienne Cullen’s extraordinary tenacity  led to the introduction in the Netherlands of  open disclosure protocols in all major hospitals.

Ireland should urgently legislate for assisted suicide. It is the humane thing to do

US president Donald Trump and  secretary of state Mike Pompeo: In March, the White House revoked the travel visa of ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda over plans to investigate possible war crimes by US soldiers and the CIA. Photograph: Kevin Lamarque

Paris-based rights body tells assembly to sharpen performance and avoid being timid

A Rohingya refugee man pulls a child as they walk to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat in 2017. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

Nobel laureate to defend Myanmar against charge of genocide against Rohingya

 A farm where a father and six of his children had been living in a hidden space for years, in Ruinerwold, The Netherlands. Photograph: Vincent Jannink/EPA

The 67-year-old is suspected of sexually assaulting two of his older children

Dutch police officer. Photograph: iStock

Risk of attack ‘still fully present’ as men aged 20 and 30 arrested over ‘jihadist’ plan

Al-Hol detention camp in Syria: Dutch government won its appeal on grounds of national security risks.  Photograph: Ivor Prickett/New York Times

Dutch appeal court rules state not obliged to repatriate offspring of Isis-backers in Syria

Dutch minister of justice and security Ferdinand Grapperhaus:  Turkish repatriation decision is “very disappointing”. Photograph:  Sem van der Wal

Dutch to appeal ruling on bringing home children held in camps in northern Syria

The government building in The Hague. Photograph: iStock

Fifty-five per cent say physically healthy people should have right to end own lives

Dutch far-right Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders: his plan to hold the cartoon competition last year sparked mass demonstrations in Pakistan. File photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

Geert Wilders targeted after announcing contest to draw prophet Muhammad

Irish citizen Lisa Smith: The Government is understood to be making preparations for her repatriation and that of her daughter from Turkey.

EU-wide prevarication on citizens who joined Islamic State will lead to long-term problems

Dutch lawyer Andre Seebregts  arrives at the courthouse in The Hague, on November 1st, 2019, to assist 23 women who are blocked at a refugee camp in northern Syria. Photograph: Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP

Dutch foreign affairs and justice ministries to appeal court decision ‘as quickly as possible’

Trade union activists march  in The Hague last  May, calling for better pensions. Photograph:  Koen van Weel/AFP

Hague Letter: As workers’ representative bodies lay off staff, unions have lost meaning

The Rutte coalition government is committed to a tax of €7 on every flight but is willingly to drop it if the commission focuses on a new EU-wide tax. Photograph:  Silas Stein

Nine-country coalition unhappy air travel gets away without any tax on fuel

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte:  his own Liberal party has been vigorously opposed to the legislation. Photograph: Frederick Florin/AFP/Getty Images

New law will protect citizens of Netherlands living in the UK in the event of a no-deal Brexit

Blue mosque:  imam Yassin Elforkani says his request for the call to prayer was “to normalise Islam in this beautiful world city”.

Muslim community told amplified message no longer necessary in age of phone apps

 Emergency services attend the scene of a fatal shooting incident in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,  on Wednesday. Photograph: Niels Wenstedt/EPA

Pizzeria owner is killed in broad daylight in the latest attack in the Dutch capital

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani: In January, the Dutch accused Tehran of hiring local criminals who assassinated two Iranian dissidents.

TV presenter among three dissident Iranians afforded security by The Hague

The farmhouse where a man and six young adults were found living in the cellar, in Ruinerwold in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands. Photograph: Wilbert Bijzitter/EPA

Father of young adults is suspected of being ‘co-perpetrator’ in ‘unlawful deprivation of liberty’

A farmhouse near the village of Ruinerwold in the Netherlands where polkice this week found a 58-year-old man and a group of young adults between 18 and 25 who had been living for years without contact with the outside world. Photograph: Vincent Jannink/EPA

Police still seeking to establish story behind reclusive group living in boarded-up house

The farmhouse where a man and  six young adults were found living in the cellar, in Ruinerwold in the province of Drenthe, the Netherlands. Photograph: Wilbert Bijzitter/EPA

Man and six young adults found living in hidden cellar of farmhouse in north Netherlands

A woman wearing  Niqab Islamic dress pulls a shopping trolley in Rotterdam: Between 200 and 400 women are estimated to wear a burqa or niqab in the country of 17 million. Photograph: Robin Utrecht

Creation of real equality and tolerance blocked by false notion they ‘already exist’

Visitors to the Floating Farm in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The farm opened in May and is as self-sufficient as possible, including recycling rain water and using solar energy. Photograph:  Marta Iwanek/The New York Times

Council ruled in May that plan for nitrogen emissions published in 2015 is not nearly radical enough

Tributes placed in front of the office where lawyer Derk Wiersum was shot dead, in Amsterdam. Photograph: EPA/Koen Van Weel

Lawyer’s murder spurns creation of new unit but police and intelligence are unimpressed

International Criminal Court in The Hague: appeal is latest skirmish since the White House revoked the US travel visa for the court’s prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda. Photograph:  Ant Palmer/Getty

International Criminal Court deems Trump administration ‘exceptionally hostile’

Aftermath of a  shooting in the Amsterdam district of Buitenveldert, where Dutch lawyer Derk Wiersum was shot dead. Photograph: Getty

Police union takes aim at €20bn narcotics trade in wake of Derk Wiersum assassination

Police officers are seen near  the site of an attack  in Buitenveldert, in which Dutch lawyer Derk Wiersum was shot dead. Photograph: Michel van Bergen/ANP/AFP/Getty Images

Derk Wiersum is killed in an attack that may be linked to state’s most wanted criminal

Euthanasia was legalised in the Netherlands in 2002 but only in cases in “unbearable and hopeless suffering”, signed off by two doctors. Photograph: iStock

Court in The Hague concluded that doctor had acted in patient’s best interests

Last year, instances of euthanasia  fell by seven per cent in the Netherlands. There is “anxiety” among medics, says a clinic’s director. Photograph: iStock

Hague Letter: Proposed softening of criteria risks undermining an important policy

A giant beach party is planned on October 31st in  Wijk aan Zee, a quiet seaside village west of Amsterdam facing across the North Sea, where a band will play We’ll Meet Again.  Photograph: Vliet/iStock

Hague Letter: Thousands plan to mark October 31st with a UK-themed beach party

Outgoing ICC chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda.  Photograph:   ellou Binanicellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images

There have been just two prosecutors in 17 years of the court, which sits in The Hague

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: small countries – even former colonial powers – may learn more quickly there’s no such thing as national sovereignty. Photograph: Stephanie Lecocq

Hague Letter: Even collaborative Netherlands cannot insulate itself from wider world

A woman sits in the public gallery of the Dutch senate before a debate on legislation concerning face covering in public places on November 23rd, 2016. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

‘Incident’ is first officially recorded one following introduction of country’s ‘burka ban’

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