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(...)

  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

The caretaker Liberal-Labour government in the Netherlands – now running the country in the absence of an alternative for more than 180 days – has na(...)

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

Still without a new government about 160 days after the March general election, the Netherlands is facing the collapse of its caretaker coalition – an(...)

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

The Dutch government has issued an uncompromising warning to its nationals living in Britain that if they take UK citizenship as a means of circumvent(...)

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

After 112 days and now on their third “sherpa”, talks aimed at forming a new Dutch coalition government are under way again, this time including the u(...)

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

It’s 83 days since the Dutch general election returned prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals at the head of the polls, but still there’s no sign of a w(...)

Canon Gerry Murphy, who died peacefully at his Norfolk home aged 87 earlier this month, was a former chaplain to Queen Elizabeth and an international (...)