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 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

In the early weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic a much-shared cartoon showed Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte as an elderly man, standing unassailably at t(...)

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

The Dutch supreme court has dashed the repatriation hopes of so-called jihadi wives and their children by ruling that the government has no obligation(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron, left, and Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte speak in a restaurant after a meeting in The Hague. Photograph: Piroschka Van De Wouw/ EPA

Publicity shots of the meeting showed Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte and French president Emmanuel Macron seated happily beside each other at a candl(...)

Dutch prime minister   attends a debate in the House of Representatives on the developments surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic   in The Hague, the Netherlands. Photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

It took 16 hours of video conferencing for the finance ministers of the euro zone to find out that once again, they could not agree. As the ministers(...)

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

The European Union is facing the biggest challenge since its foundation, chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Monday as she stressed Germany’s readiness(...)

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

With the death toll from Covid-19 standing at 1,173 as of Wednesday afternoon, and confirmation that the Dutch lockdown will continue until the end of(...)

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

A decision by a Dutch court that the government was obliged to do “everything possible” to bring home the children of jihadists who went to Syria to s(...)

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

The Dutch government has admitted it did everything possible to dissuade Turkey from repatriating two women who joined Islamic State in Syria, but has(...)

The government building in The Hague. Photograph: iStock

For the first time a majority of the Dutch population supports the idea of euthanasia for those who say they’re “tired of life” although they remain p(...)

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

The Dutch parliament has voted to allow about 100,000 of its citizens living in the UK to apply for dual nationality if there’s a no-deal Brexit – but(...)

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