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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

The Netherlands on Thursday became the sixth EU country to introduce a prohibition on face-covering in public buildings – in other words, a burka ban (...)

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

Two high-profile sports stories in the Netherlands this week are reminders that although the march towards equality of the sexes may appear unstoppabl(...)

A lorry trailer is blown over by the strong winds of the western storm in Kampen, the Netherlands. Photograph: EPA/Ginopress BV

At least five people were killed on Thursday after a powerful storm lashed northwest Europe, damaging property and throwing public transport into chao(...)

 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 and François Hollande, both of whose countries face populist challenges at the polls this year, have led a flood of congratulations afte(...)

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

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte will take part in a head-to-head TV debate with his anti-Islam opponent, Geert Wilders, just two days before the gene(...)

German chancellor Angela Merkel and Danish prime minster Lars Loekke Rasmussen – Denmark is being heavily criticised for its latest move. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

PETER CLUSKEY UN agencies and Amnesty International have attacked Denmark’s new immigration bill as damaging and possibly in violation of EU and inte(...)

Police officers face protesters outside   a council meeting in Geldermalsen, the Netherlands, on Wednesday night  over plans to open a  centre for 1,500 refugees. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/EPA

Armed police fired warnings shots and fought running battles with hundreds of protesters who staged riots in the centre of a small Dutch town on Wedne(...)

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(...)

Two cranes working on a bridge upgrade in the western Dutch town of Alphen aan den Rijn  toppled onto houses nearb. Photograph: Lex Van Lieshout/AFP/Getty Images

Two cranes hoisting a massive section of bridge collapsed in a western Dutch town on Monday, flattening a row of houses and injuring at least 20 peopl(...)

A tree blocks the pavement outside Strand station, London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

More than a dozen people were killed as hurricane strength winds battered northern Europe yesterday, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of (...)