Dutch caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte: politically wounded, perhaps mortally. Photograph: Laurens Van Putten/EPA

The sighs were almost audible over the Dutch Sunday newspapers as junior coalition partners, Christian Union – having helped Mark Rutte to survive onl(...)

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte during a debate in The Hague on April 1st. Photograph:  Bart Maat/AFP via Getty

Talks on a new Dutch coalition government remain on hold after caretaker premier Mark Rutte narrowly survived a vote of no confidence on Friday mornin(...)

Caretaker PM Mark Rutte faces a no-confidence motion. File photograph: Bart Maat/EPA

Dutch opposition parties presented a no-confidence motion in caretaker prime minister Mark Rutte on Thursday and accused him of lying in public about (...)

Voters queue in the Maritim Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Wednesday. Photograph: Peter Boer/Bloomberg

An exit poll in the Netherlands shows the Liberal Party, led by outgoing premier Mark Rutte, on course to form a fourth coalition government after an (...)

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(...)

US president Donald Trump at a coronvirus news briefing at the White House on Wednesday with (from left) expert advisers  Anthony Fauci,  Deborah Birx and  Robert Redfield. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Count the ways in which the US Democrats stand vindicated before voters. John Maynard Keynes could not make a more fluent case for government than the(...)

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(...)

 People place flowers and candles at a makeshift memorial for the racist terror attacks in Hanau on Thursday. Photograph: Armando Babani/EPA

Germany faced calls to toughen gun ownership laws and step up efforts to track far-right sympathisers after the suspect in one of its worst mass shoot(...)

Germany’s sprawling industrial sector is suffering its steepest downturn for a decade, underlining how the engine of the eurozone’s biggest economy is sputtering.

Germany’s sprawling industrial sector is suffering its steepest downturn for a decade, underlining how the engine of the eurozone’s biggest economy is(...)

Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken celebrate at the SPD’s headquarters in Berlin after they were elected co-leaders of the party. Photograph: Omer Messinger/EPA

The future of Germany’s ruling coalition looked shaky after the election of new leaders of the Social Democrats (SPD) who are demanding a shift in pol(...)

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