Freedom Party

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Dutch outgoing prime minister Mark Rutte: tax authorities pursued 20,000 families to repay child benefit payments that were rightly theirs. Photograph: Sem Van Der Wal

It speaks volumes about its love of social order that, after 12 months of death, turmoil, and even rioting in the streets, the Dutch electorate goes t(...)

Willem Engel of the “Virus Truth” protest group leaves the court of appeal  in The Hague on Friday. Photograph: Remko De Waal/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

A Dutch appeals court charged with delivering an emergency ruling on the validity of the country’s controversial coronavirus curfew has adjourned its (...)

Firefighters work to extinguish a fire on the Groene Hilledijk in Rotterdam. Photograph: Marco de Swart/ANP/AFP via Getty

What the Netherlands has been experiencing over the past three nights of violent rioting has been a number of competing anti-government agendas findin(...)

Law enforcement officers walk through the centre of Utrecht, the Netherlands, on Thursday. Latest figures showed 5,857 new cases of Covid-19 over the 24 hours to Thursday morning, a rise of 260. Photograph: Jeroen Jumelet/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

In a dramatic tightening of Covid-19 restrictions, nightly curfews are being imposed in the Netherlands for the first time since the second World War (...)

Minister for health Hugo de Jonge and prime minister Mark Rutte. Photograph: Sem van der Wal/EPA

It’s perhaps the single most telling insight into Mark Rutte’s personality that he regards himself as a manager rather than a political visionary. “If(...)

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

A Dutch appeals court has cleared far-right political leader, Geert Wilders, of inciting hatred or discrimination against the country’s Moroccan commu(...)

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

Marcin Kolczynski (37) dropped his mobile phone and dashed towards the waves crashing on to the remote Dutch beach at Julianadorp last weekend. It was(...)

Melanie Labor: ‘‘I’ll see you soon’ doesn’t necessarily mean I’ll actually see you soon.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

The first time Melanie Labor visited Ireland in the late 1990s she bought a travel guide which she regularly leafed through during the fortnight she s(...)

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

The next test of strained relations between the Dutch and their EU neighbours, after the fortnight-long car crash of a negotiation that resulted in Th(...)

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(...)

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