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’

A woman wearing Islamic dress in Rotterdam: along with  Amsterdam and Utrecht, the city plans to ignore application of the burka ban. Photograph: Robin Utrecht

Growing view prohibition on Muslim facial wear unnecessary and unlikely to be policed

The Dutch child was believed to have been living in the northwest of Syria, parts of which have seen intense fighting. Photograph:   Delil Souleiman/AFP/Getty Images

The child was taken to Syria in 2016 by her mother

A burka ban – first proposed in 2010 – is scheduled to come into effect in The Netherlands on Thursday, August 1st. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP

Dutch police and public transport staff decide not to implement prohibition

The Amsterdam stretch of rundown office blocks from Amstelplein to Nieuwmarkt is set for a revamp via The Knowledge Mile.

The Knowledge Mile is set to transform a rundown quarter of Amsterdam

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte: His Liberals have the support of centre-right allies, the Christian Democrats, and three right-wing parties, Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party, the Forum for Democracy and the Calvinist party, SGP. Photograph: Bertrand Guay

Law seeks to ensure rescue missions not used to facilitate human trafficking

Dutch centre-left parties have said  Queen Maxima  in was placed in ‘an impossible position’ by allowing the meeting with the crown prince to go ahead. Photograph: Patrick Van Katwijk/EPA

Queen Maxima met Mohammed bin Salman at G20 without mentioning Khashoggi assassination

‘Grid girls’ pose during the Dutch MotoGP qualifiers in June 2019 in Assen. Photograph:  Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images

Hague Letter: Call for return of glamorous ‘grid girls’ has led to backlash and climbdowns

Holocaust survivor Salo Muller, commission chairman Job Cohen  and NS chief executive Roger van Boxtel: “People lost mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters . . . They feel it every day. It is tragic,” says Mr Muller. Photograph: Koen Van Weel

NS commissioned to run trains with Dutch Jews, Roma and Sinti to Westerbork camp

Some of the methamphetamine seized in Rotterdam: four large operations have been “rolled up” so far this year. Photograph: Dutch police/Handout

Methamphetamine haul by police was 2,500kg as Netherlands deemed transit zone

Amsterdam: many of the grandest buildings in the centre of the city have an association with slavery.

Thirty prominent merchants were main drivers of Dutch slavery in 17th century

Silene Fredriksz, mother of one of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims, speaks to reporters, in Nieuwegein, Netherlands. Photograph: Eva Plevier/Reuters

Dutch name suspects for 2014 Malaysian Airlines crash over east Ukraine which killed 298

A portrait of Adrienne Cullen at her home in Voorschoten, the Netherlands.

The king acknowledged Adrienne Cullen’s suffering due to medical error in the Netherlands

Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders, whose Freedom Party ended up in tenth place in the recent Euro elections.  His party ended up an excruciating two places behind Party for the Animals. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Hague Letter: In some quarters, his political obituary is already written

Medical cannabis in a pharmacy in Rotterdam: There is growing acceptance in the Netherlands of its use as a painkiller – including for cancer. Photograph: Guido Benschop

Hague issued first production licence in 2003 but demand has risen faster than output

Medicinal marijuana is not regarded by doctors, hospitals or pharmacies as the thin end of any wedge likely to lead to abuse. Photograph:  AP

People know the clear difference between marijuana and medicinal cannabis

Floating panels are  up to 16 per cent more efficient because the cooling effect of the water helps to extend their life

A new project will see the world’s largest ‘solar archipelago’ in a Dutch reservoir

Portrait of Dutch far-right Forum for Democracy (FvD) party’s Thierry Baudet beside alcohol bottles at a provincial elections party electoral gathering in Zeist. Photograph:  Bart Maat/ANP/AFP

Hague Letter: Right-wing Forum for Democracy may crush Wilders’ Freedom Party

The reason so many of the illegal images were hosted on Dutch servers was because of the low cost of indiscriminate web-hosting in the Netherlands, according to the report. Photograph: iStock

47% of web addresses linked to child sex abuse images hosted on Dutch servers

The scorched wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17  near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region of Ukraine in July, 2014. Photograph: Maxim Zmeyev/Reuters/file

Move could be followed by others who doubt pro-Moscow separatists will face justice

 Dutch king Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima: will visit Ireland on a two-day state visit in June. Photograph: Patrick Van Katwijk/EPA

Cost to taxpayer of maintaining royal family is main reason for disillusionment

Liberal Party leader Mark Rutte had promised a burqa ban to persuade his far-right nemesis Geert Wilders to support a minority Liberal-Christian Democrat coalition government. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images

Netherlands’ Council of State condemns ban as unnecessary and unconstitutional

Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir giving a speech in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur province, in September 2017. Photograph: Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images

Unclear if coup will lead to Bashir finally facing justice in The Hague

At Schiphol airport, Viktor Zelenkin and his 14-year-old son Maksim were handcuffed so that they wouldn’t be able to physically resist being put on the aircraft.

Hague Letter: Two children return to school in Holland from Ukraine on tourist visas

The justice minister described the tasering incident as “an emergency situation” and asked for understanding for the police officer who fired the  weapon

Nursing home staff had reported man out of control and acting in a threatening manner

Bosnian Muslim women offers prayers near the caskets of 71 victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre, at the memorial cemetery in the village of Potocari, near the eastern Bosnian town of Srebrenica, on July 11th, 2017.  Photograph:  Elvis Barukcic/AFP/Getty Images

Hague Letter: US, Britain and France failed to support UN peacekeepers by air

 Cervical cancer cell: the Dutch government has been urged to  to launch a public information campaign about the life-saving importance of the HPV vaccinations.

Every year about 200 women die of cervical cancer in the Netherlands

 Bosnian Muslims, refugees from Srebrenica, go to be transported from the eastern Bosnian village of Potocari to Moslem-held Kladanj near Olovo, on July 13th, 1995. Photograph: Nick Sharp

Men claim trauma and vilification arising from Srebrenica massacre in 1995

Dutch drugs gangs are moving out of the cities where they’re most likely to attract police attention – and doing deals with hard-pressed farmers

Survey reveals 15% of landowners approached by gangs looking to use outbuildings

Plastic bike and car road surfaces  are being developed by Dutch engineers KWS. Photograph: KWS

Dutch to roll out plastic bike paths and then roads for cars for eco-friendly urban future

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the announcement of  partial results of parliamentary elections in Budapest, Hungary, in April. File photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

Dutch claim growing unease in EPP at alleged anti-Semitic tone of Orban campaign

Arsenal players in the the club’s new shirt for next season. Photograph: Arsenal FC

Three-year sponsorship arrangement ‘disheartening’ for aid donor the Netherlands

Part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk in Ukraine, in September 2014. Photograph: Alexander Khudoteply/AFP/Getty Images

Countries to seek compensation from Mossow over plane shot down by missile in 2014

Members of the Joint Investigation Team with part of the Buk  rocket that was fired on flight MH17 in 2014.  Photograph: Robin van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images

Investigation team says it has evidence Buk system that fired missile came from Russia

Geert Wilders: the Dutch politician argued that appeal judges had failed to behave impartially. Photograph: François Walschaerts/Reuters

Far-right leader hails retrial decision after ‘selective prosecution’ claim

Survey  shows that 29 per cent of social media users aged between 18 and 25 describe themselves as addicted. Illustration: Dado Ruvic/Reuters

Netherlands survey supports view overuse can lead to increased anxiety and inadequacy

The head of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands, Cardinal Wim Eijk (centre) photographed in 2011. He has criticised Pope Francis for failing to give clear guidance to German cardinals on whether the non-Catholic partners of Catholics should be allowed to share in the Eucharist. Photograph: Bas Czerwinski/AP

Head of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands sends scathing open letter to pontiff

A car  parked on a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands, where air quality is the equivalent for residents of passively smoking 6.4 cigarettes a day. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

The wind is behind the GreenLeft’s move to introduce a pilot scheme, but it faces opposition

Dutch spy agency: a JSCU interception station. Photograph: Wutsje/WC

Dutch JSCU alerted United States to ‘Cozy Bear’ and ‘Fancy Bear’ attacks

Russian president Vladimir holds a joint press conference with the Turkish president after their meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara, on April 3rd, 2018. Photograph: Adem Altan/AFP/Getty Images

UN Security Council to meet on Thursday amid growing crisis in East-West relations

Rotterdam has become the first city in Europe to launch a mobile app that allows victims of sexual harassment to report the incidents instantly. Photograph: Mel Stuart/Getty Images/Westend61

App allows anonymous reporting of nature of harassment and location in Dutch city

Issue of correct  supervision in clubs now being raised.  Photograph: iStock

Report suggests parents in Netherlands have been too trusting of coaches and clubs

The Dutch are statistically more likely to die from a bee sting than from a terrorist attack. Photograph: Clint Perry/PA Wire

In the Netherlands, public perception of danger proves to be far removed from reality

Bombmalta

Car bomb now weapon of choice for organised crime on Mediterranean island of Malta

Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic gives a thumb up as he enters the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal on Wednesday for the verdict in his genocide trial. Photograph: Peter De Jong/ EPA

Conviction over slaughter of Bosnian Muslims not ‘a verdict against the Serbian people’

Home affairs minister Kajsa Ollongren: says Russia tried to influence public opinion surrounding the shooting-down of Flight MH17. Photograph: Michel Porro/Getty Images

Home affairs minister says society must be made aware of clandestine ‘digital threat’

‘Cushy’: a cell at Norgerhaven prison in the Netherlands. Photograph: Catrinus Van der Veen/AFP/Getty Images

As the Dutch crime rate plummets, the country is ‘importing’ inmates from abroad

De Schie prison, Rotterdam: with the New Vosseveld prison in Vught, it is deemed hugely at odds with the rest of Dutch penal system.  Photograph: iStock

Amnesty and Open Society Justice Initiative report condemns ‘inhuman’ Dutch jail units

A man holds a child as they disembark from the Aquarius ship of Sos Mediterranee upon its arrival in the Sicilian port of Palermo, southern Italy, today. About 600 migrants were brought to Sicily after being rescued at sea off the Libyan coast. Photograph: Igor Petyx/ANSA via AP

Many migrants being persuaded to choose more dangerous routes through Black Sea

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

Despite having no ruling government since March, Netherlands economy is thriving

 Mahmoud  al-Werfalli: alleged to have executed or overseen the execution of up to 33 unarmed prisoners.  ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is relying on evidence from videos posted on Facebook and other social media. Photograph: Abdullah Doma/AFP/Getty Images

Video footage of prisoner executions to be sole evidence in trial of Libyan commander

A file image of a demining robot in France. File photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The Netherlands-based unit will research the impact of the technology on global society

Amsterdam: the  city has 35 public toilets for men  and just four for women

Woman appeals fine for urinating in public, claiming sexual discrimination in a city that has far fewer toilets for women

  Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  managed to convince the other three parties the Liberals are in coalition with    to commit to a theoretical, unspecified, pay deal for primary school teachers. Photograph:   Robin Utrecht/EPA

Teachers to get ‘substantial’ raise as talks on new government appear close to conclusion

Terror threat: a soldier on patrol around Amsterdam in 2016; the country’s threat level remains at its second highest. Photograph: Remko de Waal/AFP/Getty

Mayor says measures are ‘general precaution’ not prompted by fresh intelligence

Police investigate a van with Spanish number plates after a concert was cancelled because of a “terrorist threat”, in Rotterdam, earlier this week.  Photograph: Arie Kievit/EPA

The worst part about the incident is that the media were the ones sowing fear and confusion

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte is facing possibility of having to go it alone with a minority budget next month. Photograph: Remko De Waal/EPA

Rutte administration’s potential collapse has finally focused the talks on forming a cabinet

Ayahuasca-infused tea being brewed in Peru: it is rapidly becoming big business in Amsterdam, with ayahuasca retreat weekends, ayahuasca healing, detox therapy, stress-busting and even “shamanic inner evolution”.

Ayahuasca is brewed with hallucinogenic plants and can harm unstable people

Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, centre, at an election rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi on Friday. The International Criminal Court had to drop charges of crimes against humanity against Kenyatta in 2015 due to lack of evidence. Photograph: Ben Curtis/AP

Bitter campaign awakens ghosts of 2007 post-election bloodshed, which killed 1,500

 President Donald Trump: his nominee for the job of US ambassador to the Netherlands was born in Groningen before emigrating with his family to the US aged three. Photograph: Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Hague Letter: Pete Hoekstra was born in Groningen but advocates Tea Party morality

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte attends an event to unveil a national monument to commemorate the victims of the Malaysia Airlines crash in Ukraine in 2014, in Vijfhuizen, Netherlands, on July 17th, 2017. Photograph: Remko de Waal/Reuters

Dutch PM responds to petition on passports as 100,000 citizens in UK face uncertainty

King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Queen Maxima attend the MH17 remembrance ceremony and the unveiling of the National MH17 monument on Monday in Vijfhuizen, the Netherlands. Photograph:  Remko de Waal/Pool/Getty Images

Analysis: Justice looks further away than ever for Malaysia Airlines disaster families

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

Some 2,000 relatives attend unveiling of memorial in the Netherlands

A cyclist  uses a smartphone in Shanghai on July 3rd. A Dutch telecom company has developed a new app that shuts down your mobile phone signal once you unlock and mount your bike. File photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Smart indeed: Dutch firm’s aim is to halt teenage practice of texting while cycling

Dutch government formation mediator Gerrit Zalm (centre) with Alexander Pechtold of Democrats 66, Sybrand van Haersma Buma (Christian Democratic Appeal), Gert-Jan Segers (Christian Union CU) and Mark Rutte (The People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy) all seek to form a new cabinet in The Hague. Photograph: Remko de Waal

Multiparty negotiations between unlikely bedfellows must bridge ideological gulfs

Colombian soldier Fredy Moreno (centre) who was kidnaped by National Liberation Army, is seen next to ELN members, before his release in Arauca, Colombia on February 6th, 2017. Photograph: Daniel Martinez/AFP/Getty Images

National Liberation Army vows to ‘look into case’ after authorities demand release of pair

A picture released in March 2016 by Belgian police showing suspects of the attacks at Brussels Airport. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Europol data also shows women and youths playing bigger part in terrorist acts

Geert Wilders: “Shutting me out means sidelining the 1.3 million people who voted for the Freedom Party.” Photograph: Phil Nijhuis/AFP/Getty Images

Negotiations have been going on for three months following fragmented poll result

 Mark Rutte, the Dutch prime minister: 83 days since the general election and  no sign of a workable government yet. Photograph:   EPA/Stephanie LeCocq

Leader Mark Rutte has said he will not work with the Freedom Party because of their anti-Islam views – but options are growing thi(...)

President of the German Domestic Intelligence Service (Bundesverfassungsschutz), Hans-Georg Maassen. Photograph: Felipe Treuba/EPA

The goal? Manipulate media, strengthen extremist groups and fan anger over issues like migration

Dutch leader of the far right  Party for Freedom, Geert Wilders, posing with  new members  after the recent parliamentary elections in The Netherlands. Photograph:  EPA/Valerie Kuypers

‘Why on earth should the Ghent taxpayer have to pick up the tab for a private visit which our authorities actually advised against(...)

Newly re-elected Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte met with  Edith Schippers to discuss forming a coalition. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/AFP/Getty Images

Leaders of four parties meet as ‘robust’ economic growth continues in the Netherlands

  GreenLeft leader Jesse Klaver arriving for  meeting with health minister Edith Schippers for talks on coalition on Monday. Photograph: Jerry Lampen/EPA

Rutte’s Liberals seek support of fourth party to secure majority government

 Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders (left) of the PVV party and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte  of the VVD Liberal party: victory of latter was widely welcomed in Europe. Photograph: Yves Herman/Reuters

Angela Merkel expresses joy at ‘very pro-European result’ in Netherlands

Mark Rutte’s VVD Party won the most seats in parliamentary elections. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Liberals to win 31 seats, while far-right candidate Geert Wilders’s to win 19 seats

A protester holds a photo of Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte while he campaigns in The Hague. Photograph: Yves Herman

Geert Wilders and Mark Rutte TV debate sets tone as up to 42% of electorate uncommitted

Mark Rutte, Dutch prime minister and leader of the Liberal Party (VVD), arrives for a news conference in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Monday, March 13th, 2017. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

One of last opinion polls of election predicting dead heat between Rutte and Wilders

Turkish family minister Fatma Betul Sayan Kaya at Ataturk airport. She was expelled from the Netherlands at the weekend.  Photograph: Sedat Suna/EPA

Relations between the Netherlands and Turkey are at an all-time low

Whether a meeting in Amsterdam is “safe” or not depends on old-fashioned spying “tradecraft”

When the Netherlands told the US that Trump’s people had met Russian officials there, it was only doing its 14 Eyes duty

Mark Rutte: news of economic recovery underlined by the prime minister appears to be resonating with older middle-class voters, polls show. Photographer: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Poll shows small lead for Dutch premier Mark Rutte over far-right Geert Wilders

Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders  accuses premier Mark Rutte of being too “weak” to ban the Turkish foreign minister from addressing a rally. Photograph:  Cris Toala Olivares/Reuters

Far-right leader says he would ban entire cabinet until after vote in Turkey

Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders drinks a beer  in a cafe in Volendam on Friday, after he resumed electioneering following a scare over his security. Photograph: Remko de Waal/EPA

Mark Rutte says chaos will ensue if Geert Wilders wins election

Dutch political party leaders Alexander Pechtold of D66, Emile Roemer of the Socialist Party and Lodewijk Asscher of Labour during a break in a television debate on February 26th. Voters go to the polls on March 15th. Photograph: Bart Maat/ EPA

Fall-off in support for far-right Freedom Party sees Mark Rutte’s Liberals almost level

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte (right) canvassing for votes in his country’s general election in Wormerveer. Photograph: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty

Dutch party leaders had withdrawn from Sunday face-to-face ahead of March 15th poll

Dutch far-right Freedom Party leader  Geert Wilders: little chance of becoming prime minister because the other parties will refuse to work with him. Photograph: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty

Amid variety of strong economic indicators, poll suggests just 20% support Geert Wilders

The Delta R shoe scanner created by Stage Gate (SG) 11 for  Schiphol  is designed to detect explosives and drugs.

New scanner arrives as trials underway on kit that lets you leave liquids and laptops in your bag

Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders: is accompanied at all times by six plainclothes officers, lives in a “safe house” paid for by the state, wears a bullet-proof vest and is driven to and from work by armoured police vehicle. Photograph: John Thys/AFP/Getty

Far-right Dutch Freedom Party leader describes security breach as ‘serious’

 Mark Rutte (left), leader of the Dutch liberal party, and Geert Wilders, leader of the right-wing  PVV: they pulled out of a leaders’ TV debate planned by broadcaster RTL, because five parties instead of four were asked to take part. Photograph: Valerie Kuypers/AFP/Getty Images

Proposals are illegal and contrary to constitution, says law society ahead of election

Geert Wilders says if he wins the popular vote and is excluded from government it will be patently undemocratic. Photograph: Martijn Beekman /AFP/Getty Images

Freedom Party leader has inflamed the political climate ahead of the Dutch election

Geert Wilders: along with Mark Rutte, he said he would take part in the RTL programme if no more than four party leaders participated. Photograph: Remlo de Waal/AFP/Getty

Potentially decisive political discussion on Dutch TV cancelled over line-up dispute

Kenya’s president Uhuru Kenyatta: the collapse in 2015 of a case against him at the International Criminal Court was one of the many setbacks the court has faced. Photograph: Daniel Irungu/EPA

ICC record on war criminal prosecution criticised over rising operational costs

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte  at the EU summit in  Malta: in   close race with far-right leader Geert Wilders. Photograph: Andreas Solaro/AFP/Getty Images

France and Germany also warned of tampering as elections loom in both countries

Anti-Donald Trump demonstrators protest at an abortion rights rally in Chicago earlier this month. Photograph: Kamil Krzaczynski/Reuters

Dutch ministry seeks international backing as US stops funds to NGOs offering abortions

Dutch police officers searching a car on the highway to Schiphol airport in Amsterdam last August as security was stepped up following a threat. Photograph: Remko de Waal/AFP/Getty

Transport hub in Amsterdam warns up to 500 more police needed to maintain safety

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