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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 (...)

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 (...)

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

Five parties in the Dutch parliament, including prime minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals, have come together in support of a controversial motion that wou(...)

Police are seen at the scene of a hostage situation in a supermarket in Trebes, France. Photograph: Reuters

Three people were killed in southwestern France on Friday when a gunman held up a car, opened fire on police and then took hostages in a supermarket. (...)

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

There has been a blizzard of good economic news in these last weeks of the Dutch election campaign, reassuring voters that austerity is a thing of the(...)

 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

In a sobering analysis of the political mood less than a month from the general election, the Dutch law society has found that five of the main polit(...)

Former Dutch Labour leader Diederik Samsom (left) with prime minister Mark Rutte.  Mr Samson was ousted as s party leader last month and has resigned from parliament. Photograph: Michael Kooren/Reuters

If one Dutch MP symbolises his country’s political turbulence over the past four years, it is former Labour golden boy Diederik Samsom, the green ene(...)

In the days before Budget 2016, the Government announced its intention to have a large and unexpected increase in spending for 2015. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

After the harrowing crisis years, the Irish economy is now experiencing an impressive recovery. Real GDP growth is forecast to reach 6.2 percent this (...)

Joan Burton, Eamon Gilmore and Dominic Hannigan launch Labour’s Stability Treaty campaign in 2012: Ireland is expected to exit the corrective arm of the Stability and Growth Pact  next year.  Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

Ireland has come a long way since the worst days of the crisis. However, whether the country emerges stronger or weaker from the tumult will be determ(...)

A pedestrian passes the Saudi Arabian embassy in Paris today. Armed robbers held up a convoy of Saudi diplomatic vehicles that was bound for a Paris airport and took €250,000 in cash and sensitive’ documents, police said. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA.

Armed robbers attacked a Saudi Arabian prince’s convoy in Paris last night, police have said, taking about €250,000 in cash and sensitive documents.Th(...)

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